Pernell Whitaker’s First Round Knockout – August 11, 1990 (This Day In Boxing History)
In Round 1 alone, the official time being 2:59, Pernell Whitaker proved his impressive fighting skills to the world of boxing.
On August 11, 1990, 32 years ago to the date, Whitaker had a monstrous win against WBA lightweight titleholder Juan Nazario, with a first-round one-punch knockout. He claimed undisputed honors at Caesars Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada.
Whitaker entered the ring that day as the unified IBF and WBC titleholder, but after the fight, he became the first undisputed lightweight champion since Roberto Duran.
Whitaker was the last undisputed lightweight champion until Devin Haney defeated George Kambosos Jr. in their fight this past year.
Although Whitaker has been known for his boxing skills, defense skills and movement, it was not seen that through punches he would take down Nazaro in just Round 1 of the fight.
For his path to victory, Whitaker took down Nazario with a right jab to the face and multiple body blows. Ending the fight quickly, Whitaker, with a perfect left hand, knocked out Juan Nazario
With a 17-year career, Whitaker beat four divisions, and is known as one of the greatest lightweights.