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Boxing great Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker featured on 'Sports Highlights'

Boxing great Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker featured on 'Sports Highlights'
Sweet Pea Whitaker
"Sweet Pea" in the ring.
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The "Sports Highlights" team was feeling like a heavyweight champ when it scored an interview with Boxing Hall-of-Famer and Olympic Gold Medalist Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker for the September show.

Whitaker is a native of Norfolk and has a long list of accolades earned for his boxing prowess. He won the lightweight silver medal at the 1982 World Championships, then won gold at the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles.

Whitaker at the Olympics
Whitaker won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.
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After that, Whitaker turned pro and became world champion in four different weight classes. He fought world champions Julio César Chávez, Oscar De La Hoya and Félix Trinidad.

Whitaker was known for his fast, fluid defensive style of boxing. His ducking and dancing frustrated many a powerful hitter who could not land a solid punch on him.

In 1989, Whitaker was named "Fighter of the Year" by Ring Magazine.

Other championships Whitaker attained are: WBA Light Middleweight Champion; WBC Welterweight Champion; IBF Light Welterweight Champion; WBC, WBA and IBF Lightweight Champion and NABF Lightweight Champion.

Whitaker's amateur record is 201-14 and his professional record is 40-4-1.

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In 2001, Whitaker retired from boxing. The next year, Ring Magazine listed him as number 10 in their list of 'The 100 Greatest Fighters of the Last 80 Years.'

On December 7, 2006, in his first year of eligibility, Whitaker was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

After his retirement from boxing, Whitaker became a boxing trainer.

About "Sports Highlights"

"Sports Highlights" is an interview show that features local, regional, national, and international guests, as well as sports trivia. It has been running since 1992 and is directed and produced by Telecom Supervisor Ray Price. The host is Greg Bicouvaris.

Production group Bicouvaris interviewing Whitaker
Ray Price and Greg Bicouvaris of "Sports Highlights" pose with Whitaker and his marketing team. Greg Bicouvaris interviews Whitaker for "Sports Highlights."