“Sweet Pea” Whitaker, a former U.S. world champion has died after
being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
He was 55.
was a well-known boxing world champion in four divisions – WBC lightweight, IBF
light welterweight, WBC welterweight and WBA light middleweight.
In 2001, he retired with a 40-4-1 record including 17 knockouts and later worked as a trainer. Whitaker was named boxer of the year by Ring magazine in 1989, and is part of the Hall of Fame.