About Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker is a well known person in sports industry, where he established his name as a successful professional boxer. However, currently he is retired from this career and is working as a boxing trainer. Thus, this industry not only made his name well known, but also increased the overall estimate of Pernell Whitaker net worth, which reaches as much as 5 million dollars, according to the current calculations.
He competed in the 1982 Amateur World Championships, where he became a winner of a silver medal in the lightweight division. Pernell Whitaker became a gold medal winner at the 1983 Pan American Games and 1984 Olympics. Thus, winning not only made him more known and awarded, but also increased the overall amount of Pernell Whitaker net worth. As a professional boxer, Pernell Whitaker became a winner of world titles in four different weight divisions.
Pernell Whitaker has fought many well known and successful boxing champions, such as Oscar De La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez and Felix Trinidad.
In 1989, he got the title of the Fighter of the Year, which was given to him by The Ring magazine. Pernell Whitaker has held many world champion titles in different categories, such as WBA light middleweight champion, WBC welterweight champion, IBF light welterweight champion, WBC/WBA/IBF and NABF lightweight champion. Pernell Whitaker is considered as one of the top five lightweight boxers of all time.
When he retired from his boxing career, Pernell Whitaker started to work as a trainer, and this career has also added up to the total sum of Pernell Whitaker net worth. He has trained many well known boxers, including Dorin Spivey, Joel Julio, Zab Judah and Calvin Brock. In 2002, Pernell Whitaker appeared in the 10th place on the list of the 100 Greatest Fighters of the Last 80 Years, compiled by The Ring magazine. In 2006, his name was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Talking more about the career that made him mostly known, that being as a boxer, Pernell Whitaker was a successful amateur boxer. He got interested in boxing when he was 9 years old and began to take boxing classes. He appeared in 214 amateur fights and became a winner of 201 of them. In 1984, his amateur boxing career was crowned when he became a winner of an Olympic Gold Medal.
He started his professional career as a lightweight boxer. In this division, he proved to be an undisputed champion. In 1992, Pernell Whitaker won the IBF light-welterweight title. Pernell Whitaker is nicknamed as ‘Sweet Pea’ in the industry.
When he was little, his friends called him Pete and when he became known in the local boxing circuit, his fans used to chant his name ‘Sweet Pete’, which was misinterpreted as ‘Sweet Pea’, and this nickname stuck to him. In 1985, he got married to Rovanda Anthony. Their wedding ceremony took place in the boxing ring at the Virginia Beach Pavilion Convention Center. With her, he has four kids, but the couple later separated.