The Pope of Pugilism & “Pocket Rocket” - Nine Year-old Hassin Joseph - 60 lbs - Kingsessing Recreation Center Boxing Team - Sunday, June 3, 2018 - Diesel Fit Boxing Gym - Philadelphia. Listen folks, I had to get a picture with this little guy - Hassin “Pocket Rocket” Joseph after watching him in the opening bout. Joseph, a slick southpaw, looked like a miniature Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker - slipping and sliding - countering like a seasoned professional. The kid was so impressive that I found it difficult to believe that I was seeing what I was watching and thought maybe my mind was playing tricks on me. Joseph won his bout on my scorecard. But, somehow all three judges were in need of guide dogs because they gave the decision to his opponent. Nevertheless, Joseph is an exceptional talent and is one of the reasons Philadelphia will remain “The Capital of Boxing.” #philly#philadelphia#boxing#kingsesssingrecreationcenter#jamaica#jamaican#pernellwhitaker @kris_casey46 #kingsessingboxing @22bey_boxing
Pernell Whitaker (born January 2, 1964) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2001, and has since worked as a boxing trainer. He is a four-weight world champion, having won titles at lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight; the undisputed lightweight title; and the lineal lightweight and welterweight titles. In 1989, Whitaker was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. From 1993 to 1997, The Ring ranked him as the best active boxer in the world, pound for pound. He currently holds the longest unified lightweight championship reign in boxing history at 6 title defenses. 🥊 🇺🇸
Who’d win this one at 135? I’m not even going to do a breakdown of this fight because I have no idea who would win this & how it would go 🤷🏼♂️
If I had to favour one person I think I’d pick Sweet Pea although while I was doing this & thinking about who’d win, I was watching Whitaker/Nelson and Pea was just beautiful to watch in that fight so that may have influenced me picking him a bit 😂 but both could win and this would also absolutely go the distance.
Who do you think wins? Sweet Pea or Money?
The 1984 pro debut of Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker.
His handlers obviously had confidence in him as his opponent was 11-0 going into this fight 🤤, but Whitaker was a phenom in the making.
This show at Madison Square Garden was billed the 'Night of Gold' and also featured the pro debuts of USA Olympic medallists Evander Holyfield, Mark Breland, Tyrell Biggs, Meldrick Taylor and Virgil Hill, who would all go on to have amazing careers and win world titles (except heavyweight Biggs, who would run into a 21 year old Michael Gerard Tyson in his title shot in 1987....⚠️💣) Making his debut as a skinny lightweight here, Whitaker was already displaying unreal sharpness, punch selection, timing and skills at all ranges in his very first pro fight - this was a 2 round destruction which showed glimpses of the legendary fighter that was to emerge over the next few years.
One of the most impressive debuts you'll ever see I think, Sweet Pea just oozed confidence and a seek+destroy attitude, but with skills and poise way ahead of his years.
What a fighter he was, more vids on him to come.
#ControversialFridays - Pernell Whitaker vs Jose Luis Ramirez.. 12/03/12..
Whitaker faced Ramirez in only his 16th professional fight, he was 15-0, already having beat Roger Mayweather for the NABF Lightweight title in his 12th fight.
This fight started just like every other Sweet Pea fight, he’s throwing that lighting quick right jab in his opponents face, he moving about the ring with his exception footwork, he’s throwing that straight left, he’s countering his opponent with rights & lefts, he’s making his opponent miss 90% of there punches. Now, that was pretty much 80% of the fight right there, Whitaker did not put a foot wrong in the first 4/5 rounds. He was flashy, slick & looked exactly how we all know him to be.
Ramirez upped the pressure for the rest of the fight, he landed some clean punches in the rest of the rounds but honestly he never had a foot hold in this fight, even the rounds he won, he was never in control. He was chasing (not cutting of the ring) Pernell all fight, I guarantee he had 15-25% punch accuracy, he could barely hit Whitaker, every now & then he landed a nice, clean shot but they were very far & few between. The only time he was consistent was when he threw a punch to the body, they mostly landed.
Pernell did tire a bit from the 7th onwards but this was his biggest test to date & had only been 12 rounds once. I do think Pernell could’ve been deducted a point for excessive holding because he held a lot, mostly due to him being tired.
It’s a shame, Whitaker gets penalised for his style, yes he was on the back foot for 95% of the fight but there is more than one way to fight a boxing fight. Not to say he lost because of his style because I don’t think that’s why..
I scored the fight 118-111 for Sweet Pea.
Pernell should’ve won this fight & become the @wbcboxing lightweight champion. Needless to say, they rematches the next year & Whitaker dominated the fight for 12 rounds to win a wide UD.
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William Joppy: "Tito Trinidad should not be in the Hall of Fame". "He should not ever, ever come close to the Hall of Fame. Not even the bottom tier of the Hall of Fame. Because he's been illegally wrapping his hands. That's like if I got in a street fight with somebody and I have brass knuckles on. He's a cheat. Bernard Hopkins exposed him back in 2001. He should never come into the hall of fame. If he do, I'm going to make a whole lot of noise about it. That's my story and I'm sticking with it." William Joppy told FightHype.com
For those that don't know what he's talking about, in 2001... Bernard Hopkin's camp found that Felix Trinidad was illegally "stacking" his hand wraps to make his fist harder prior to their fight. He was forced to remove his wraps and have them re-wrapped correctly with the NY Athletic Commission looking on. Other fighters such as Fernando Vargas have brought up the issue that they believed Trinidad's hands had been tampered with or illegally wrapped during his career. What are your thoughts?