Issue | Letters | Premium | Jul 23 2019

Your say – Whitaker pips Hagler and Calzaghe as “best southpaw ever”

This week's letters tackle Pernell Whitaker's place in boxing history, the chances of Anthony Joshua losing again to Andy Ruiz, and boxing's baloney
Oscar De La Hoya (L) and Pernell Whitaker battle for the WBC Welterweight championship title in Las Vegas, April 12. Oscar de la Hoya kept his round perfect and claimed a world title in a fourth different weight class by capturing Pernell Whitaker's World boxing Council welterweight crown with a unanimous decision.


I WAS absolutely devastated to hear of the recent passing of my favourite fighter of all time, Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. I grew up in the ‘90s when fans raved about the explosive knockouts from the likes of Nigel Benn and Mike Tyson, but for me, give me a Pernell Whitaker fight any day of the week! He was simply beautiful to watch and a master of his trade. He was the definition of the old saying, ‘hit and don’t get hit.’ In my opinion, he just pips Marvin Hagler and Joe Calzaghe as the best southpaw ever. From the Olympic gold medal in 1984 to becoming a four-weight world champion as a pro, he provided a perfect example to any fighter out there of how to defend yourself properly. Pernell was a special, special fighter and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, champ. Matt Gale


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