Sepmber 20, 1996: Whitaker retains boxing crown

Five months after edging Wilfredo Rivera in a questionable split decision verdict to hold onto his World Boxing Council welterweight title, boxer scored a clear unanimous 12-round victory in the rematch

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Whitaker retains boxing crown

1996 - Pernell Whitaker got it right the second time around. Five months after edging Wilfredo Rivera in a questionable split decision verdict to hold onto his World Boxing Council welterweight title, Whitaker scored a clear unanimous 12-round victory in the rematch. Whitaker, a world champion six times in four different weight classes, silenced a crowd waving Puerto Rican flags in support of Rivera by landing a barrage of lefts that bloodied the challenger under both eyes. The American champion also scored a knockdown in the key sixth round in which Rivera had a point deducted for a low blow. Judge Mazakazu Uchida of Japan scored it 115-113, Briton John Keane saw it 115-111 and Jay Kassees of the United States had it 113-112 for the champion.

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