Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker was killed last night when he was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street in Virginia Beach. Whitaker who won an Olympic gold medal in 1984 and went on to win world titles in four weight classes as a professional was regarded as one of the premier defensive fighters in his and any other generation. He was undisputed lightweight champion and went on to win belts at junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight. Primarily a defensive fighter from the hit and not be hit school, Whitaker only scored 17 knockouts in his 40 victories but he wasn't afraid to abandon his slick style if the circumstances required it as evidenced by his knockout victory over Dioblys Hurtado. His 45 fights included 4 losses and a draw but you would be hard pressed to find anyone who believes that Whitaker lost to Jose Luis Ramirez in his first title try and only earned a draw against Julio Cesar Chavez. His loss to Oscar De La Hoya was disputed as well with many believing Whitaker deserved the decision victory. Pernell Whitaker was 55. Pernell Whitaker, Gone On.