Former world champion Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker has died after being hit by a vehicle in the US, police have said.
Pernell Whitaker, nicknamed ‘Sweet Pea’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.
He was 55 years.
Source: BBC Sports