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Former champion Whitaker hit by car, dies


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"The driver of the vehicle remained on scene with police."Known as "Sweet Pea," Whitaker, a southpaw from Norfolk, Virginia, was revered as perhaps the best defensive fighter in history as his slick moves confounded opponent after opponent.Whitaker, who was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006, won world titles in four weight classes. The cover of Sports Illustrated days later showed a photo of Whitaker landing a punch with the headline "Robbed!"The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced that it would fly its flags at half-staff in Whitaker's memory."From Olympic gold to world championships in four weight divisions, Pernell Whitaker was one of the greatest boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves," said Hall of Fame executive director Edward Brophy. In 1993, in the fight after the megafight with Chavez, Whitaker notched the first of his two decision wins over Hall of Famer James "Buddy" McGirt to win a welterweight world title, which he would defend eight times before losing it to De La Hoya."Pernell Whitaker was beautiful -- both as a fighter and as a human being," HBO, which was his longtime television home, broadcasting 19 of his fights, said in a statement.

As said here by Dan RafaelESPN Senior Writer