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Pernell Whitaker Record

Total Fights46
Title Wins7
Title Defenses16
Title-Fight KOs4
KO Wins17
KO Losses1
Pernell Whitaker Record & Stats
Pernell Whitaker's Record
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      What is Pernell Whitaker's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 16 years and five months, Pernell Whitaker fought 46 times with 40 wins, 4 losses, and 1 draw.

      Whitaker retired from professional boxing with a record of 40-4-1, which included seven world-title wins and 16 successful title defense fights at two weight classes — lightweight and welterweight. He had a 37.8% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 17 of his total 46 fights being knockout wins, four of which were in title fights. The only knockout loss in Whitaker's career was a 4th round TKO loss to Carlos Bojorquez, which was not a world title fight.

      His last fight was a 4th round TKO defeat to Carlos Bojorquez on April 27, 2001.

      Some of Whitaker's best fights and notable victories include wins over two Hall-of-Famers (Buddy McGirt and Azumah Nelson), Juan Nazario, José Luis Ramírez, Jorge Páez, and Wilfredo Rivera.

      46Apr 27, 200137Carlos BojorquezLossTKO4
      45Feb 20, 199935Félix TrinidadLoss *UD
      44Oct 17, 199733Andrey PestryayevNCUD
      43Apr 12, 199733Oscar De La HoyaLoss *UD
      42Jan 24, 199733Diosbelys HurtadoWin *TKO11
      41Sep 20, 199632Wilfredo RiveraWin *UD
      40Apr 12, 199632Wilfredo RiveraWin *SD
      39Nov 18, 199531Jake RodríguezWin *KO6
      38Aug 26, 199531Gary JacobsWin *UD
      37Mar 4, 199531Julio César VásquezWin *UD
      36Oct 1, 199430Buddy McGirtWin *UD
      35Apr 9, 199430Santos CardonaWin *UD
      34Sep 10, 199329Julio César ChávezDraw *MD
      33Mar 6, 199329Buddy McGirtWin *UD
      32Dec 1, 199228Ben BaezWinKO1
      31Jul 18, 199228Rafael PinedaWin *UD
      30May 22, 199228Jerry SmithWinKO1
      29Jan 18, 199228Harold BrazierWinUD
      28Oct 5, 199127Jorge PáezWin *UD
      27Jul 27, 199127Poli DíazWin *UD
      26Feb 23, 199127Anthony JonesWin *UD
      25Nov 22, 199026Benjie MarquezWinUD
      24Aug 11, 199026Juan NazarioWin *KO1
      23May 19, 199026Azumah NelsonWin *UD
      22Feb 3, 199026Freddie PendletonWin *UD
      21Dec 11, 198925Martin GalvanWinTKO3
      20Aug 20, 198925José Luis RamírezWin *UD
      19Apr 30, 198925Louie LomeliWin *TKO3
      18Feb 18, 198925Greg HaugenWin *UD
      17Nov 2, 198824Antonio CarterWinTKO4
      16Mar 12, 198824Jose Luis RamírezLoss *SD
      15Dec 19, 198723Davey MontanaWinTKO4
      14Jul 25, 198723Miguel SantanaWinTKO6
      13Jun 28, 198723Jim FloresWinTKO1
      12Mar 28, 198723Roger MayweatherWinUD
      11Dec 20, 198622Alfredo LayneWinUD
      10Oct 9, 198622Rafael GandarillaWinUD
      9Aug 16, 198622Rafael WilliamsWinUD
      8Mar 9, 198622John MontesWinUD
      7Nov 12, 198521Jesus De la CruzWinTKO1
      6Aug 29, 198521Teddy HatfieldWinKO3
      5Jul 20, 198521John SenegalWinTKO2
      4Apr 20, 198521Nick ParkerWinUD
      3Mar 13, 198521Mike GoldenWinTKO4
      2Jan 20, 198521Danny AveryWinTKO4
      1Nov 15, 198420Farrain ComeauxWinTKO2

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Pernell Whitaker (Sweet Pea) was an American professional boxer. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. on January 2, 1964. He was a four-weight-class world champion. He died on July 14, 2019 at the age of 55 years. Whitaker was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2007. His professional boxing career spanned more than 16 years — from 1984 to 2001.

      Whitaker made his professional boxing debut against Farrain Comeaux at the age of 20 on November 15, 1984, defeating Comeaux via 2nd round TKO. He went on to win 14 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 8 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 24 on March 12, 1988 after 15 professional fights, against Jose Luis Ramírez for the WBC title. He lost to Ramírez via 12 round split decision.

      Pernell Whitaker was a undisputed lightweight world champion, and won seven world titles at four weight classes. For all the details about Whitaker's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Whitaker had a total of four losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Carlos Bojorquez at 37 years of age, on April 27, 2001. Whitaker lost the fight via 4th round TKO.


      Whitaker had a total of 23 world-title fights, which includes winning seven world titles and 16 successful title defenses. He won 19 of these fights, lost three, and drew in one.

      Title Wins

      Pernell Whitaker fought for world titles in eight fights and won six of these fights, winning one of them via way of stoppage. In total, he won seven belts across four weight classes.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Mar 4, 1995Julio César VásquezSuper-welterweightWBAUD
      Mar 6, 1993Buddy McGirtWelterweightWBCUD
      Jul 18, 1992Rafael PinedaSuper-lightweightIBFUD
      Aug 11, 1990+Juan NazarioLightweightWBAKO
      Aug 20, 1989^José Luis RamírezLightweightWBC*, The RingUD
      Feb 18, 1989Greg HaugenLightweightIBFUD
      + Became undisputed world champion
      ^ Became unified world champion
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Pernell Whitaker had 17 world-title defense fights across two weight classes — lightweight (x8) and welterweight (x9). He won 16 of them and lost only once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Jan 24, 1997Diosbelys HurtadoWelterweightWBCTKO
      Sep 20, 1996Wilfredo RiveraWelterweightWBCUD
      Apr 12, 1996Wilfredo RiveraWelterweightWBCSD
      Nov 18, 1995Jake RodríguezWelterweightWBCKO
      Aug 26, 1995Gary JacobsWelterweightWBCUD
      Oct 1, 1994Buddy McGirtWelterweightWBCUD
      Apr 9, 1994Santos CardonaWelterweightWBCUD
      Sep 10, 1993Julio César ChávezWelterweightWBCMD (draw)
      Oct 5, 1991Jorge PáezLightweightWBA, WBC, IBFUD
      Jul 27, 1991Poli DíazLightweightWBA, WBC, IBFUD
      Feb 23, 1991Anthony JonesLightweightWBA, WBC, IBFUD
      Aug 11, 1990+Juan NazarioLightweightWBC, IBFKO
      May 19, 1990Azumah NelsonLightweightWBC, IBFUD
      Feb 3, 1990Freddie PendletonLightweightWBC, IBFUD
      Aug 20, 1989^José Luis RamírezLightweightIBFUD
      Apr 30, 1989Louie LomeliLightweightIBFTKO
      + Became undisputed world champion
      ^ Became unified world champion

      Title Losses

      Pernell Whitaker lost one world-title defense fight, and lost one title in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Apr 12, 1997Oscar De La HoyaWelterweightWBCUD


      Whitaker fought a total of 46 times during his professional career, which includes 23 world-title fights at four weight divisions. He put on some very good performances in these fights. These nine fights are the highlight of his career.

      • March 12, 1988: In his first world-title fight, Pernell Whitaker loses to Jose Luis Ramírez via 12 round split decision. He was fighting for the WBC lightweight title.

      • February 18, 1989: Whitaker wins the IBF lightweight title from Greg Haugen, by beating Haugen via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • August 20, 1989: Whitaker becomes a unified lightweight world champion by beating José Luis Ramírez via 12 round unanimous decision. He now holds the IBF, WBC , and The Ring lightweight world-champion belts.

      • May 19, 1990: Whitaker successfully defends the WBC and IBF lightweight titles against Azumah Nelson, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • August 11, 1990: Whitaker becomes the undisputed lightweight world champion by defeating Juan Nazario via 1st round KO. He now holds the WBC, IBF, and WBA lightweight world-champion belts.

      • October 5, 1991: Whitaker successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and IBF lightweight titles against Jorge Páez, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • March 6, 1993: Whitaker wins the WBC welterweight title from Buddy McGirt, by beating McGirt via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • October 1, 1994: Whitaker successfully defends the WBC welterweight title against Buddy McGirt, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • September 20, 1996: Whitaker successfully defends the WBC welterweight title against Wilfredo Rivera, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.


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