>Date: Thu, 16 September 1999 01:29 AM EDT
>>whitaker wasn't sharp when he fought oscar.......whitaker had two close
>>decisions with wilfredo rivera (the first of which many thought whitaker
>>and he nearly got beat by diobelys hurtado until coming back late to knock
>The Whitaker who fought DLH was way sharper IMO than the one who fought
>Rivera twice and Trinidad. DLH fought a better fighter than did Trinidad in
>their respective bouts with Pernell.
whitaker did seem sharper against oscar than he was against rivera & hurtado,
but most great fighters are known to pick themselves up for a good performance
or two while in the twilight of their careers...regardless, it was whitaker's
arrogance which was the cause of him not getting the decision against oscar. it
was so obvious he could've won if he tried harder to win the later rounds, but
instead he thought he had the fight in the bag and was hotdogging.
the whitaker who fought trinidad may have been in worse shape than when he
fought oscar, but there's a possibility that trinidad was so good that night
that he eclipsed oscar's performance against the same whitaker.
then again, whitaker's fight against the russian (pestriaev?) might've shown
more of whitaker's situation at the time. that and the long lay-off due to