5. Jose Luis Ramirez def. Pernell Whitaker
March 12, 1988
Stade de Leallois; Hauts-de-Seine, France
“Sweet Pea” Pernell Whitaker fought Ramirez in France, cruising to an impressive 12-round performance that was clearly in his favor.
But to the surprise of most, Whitaker, who dominated the fight thoroughly, conceded a split decision that even had one judge scoring it a lopsided 118-113 for Ramirez. In the 1999 edition of the World Encyclopedia of Boxing, the fight is referred to as “generally considered to be a disgrace.”
Whitaker, who had been undefeated until this point, would get a chance to exact his revenge when they faced each other in a rematch a year and a half later in the United States. Whitaker dominated that one too, but won a unanimous decision unlike in their first meeting.
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