January 2, 1964
Date of death
July 14, 2019
On November 15, 1984, in New York, he defeated Farrain Comeaux by knockout in two rounds.
won the world title
On February 18, 1989, in Hampton, Virginia, he defeated Greg Haugen by unanimous decision to win the IBF lightweight title. On August 20, 1989, in Norfolk, Virginia, he took revenge on the Mexican José Luis Ramírez (WBC lightweight champion), who had taken away his undefeated record, when they unified their crowns and defeated him by unanimous decision. On August 11, 1990, in Nevada, he also seized the IBF lightweight title, defeating Juan Nazario by effective knockout in one round. He became IBF super lightweight champion on July 18, 1992, in Las Vegas, defeating Rafael Pineda by unanimous decision. On March 6, 1993, in New York, he beat James McGirt on points and became the WBC welterweight champion. He obtained the WBA super welterweight belt on March 4, 1995, in New Jersey, by defeating Julio César Vázquez by decision.
Whitaker was a silver medalist at the 1982 World Championships, later winning gold medals at the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1984 Olympic Games.
Lost His Title
After defending his three championships against the Mexican Jorge Maromero Páez, by unanimous decision on October 5, 1991 in Reno, Nevada, he resigned to go in search of the super lightweight crown, which he resigned without defending it. As a WBC welterweight champion, he won the WBA super welterweight title and immediately relinquished it. On April 12, 1997 in Las Vegas, in his ninth defense, he lost the WBC welterweight belt to a unanimous decision defeat by Óscar De La Hoya.a.
On April 27, 2001, in Reno, Nevada, Carlos Bojórquez technically knocked him out in four rounds.