Pernell Whitaker: Former world champion boxer nicknamed ‘Sweet Pea’ dies in accident

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Former world champion Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker has died after being hit by a vehicle in the US, police have said. The 55-year-old, who won gold at the Olympics in 1984, was pronounced dead in Virginia on Sunday night.

Whitaker was a world champion in four divisions – WBC lightweight, IBF light welterweight, WBC welterweight and WBA light middleweight. The American retired in 2001 before working as a trainer. He fought as a professional 46 times, winning 40 of those bouts – 17 by knockout.

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Floyd Mayweather shared a picture taken just a day before Whitaker’s death
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Mike Tyson was one of many from the boxing world to pay tribute on social media
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WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman also added his tribute on Twitter

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