Boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies; hit by car in Virginia

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Born on January 2, 1964 in Norfolk, Virginia, Pernell Whitaker would become one of the greatest boxers of his generation.

Whitaker went on to win several titles in the lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight divisions, making him a four-weight world champion.

He retired in 2001 following a loss to Carlos Bojorquez as Whitaker finished his career with a record of 40-4-1. He also won a gold medal at the 1985 Summer Olympics.

Officers received a call around 10 p.m. ET about a incident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, Virginia Beach police said in a news release.

It was reported that the driver of the vehicle that hit Whitaker stayed with police and talked to them about what happened. "In terms of defense and ring generalship Pernell Whitaker was the best fighter that I ever fought".

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"Reached Monday morning by phone, his youngest son, Devon Whitaker, was shocked after hearing his dad died last night".

His career highlights included a controversial battle with Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez. Ring magazine also regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world from 1993 to 1997. A year following his retirement, he was convicted of cocaine possession. Whitaker, now a professional boxing trainer, left behind four children.

'It's sad for him to have to take action against his mother, but none of the family would contribute to the real estate and he had no alternative but to use the court process, ' his attorney Bruce Gould told ABC News.

Whitaker turned to training and helped guide Zab Judah to a world championship in 2011.

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