Azumah Nelson (32-1, 24 KOs)
vs. Pernell Whitaker (21-1, 14 KOs)
May 19, 1990, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nev.
"Sweet Pea" Whitaker was riding a wave of momentum since suffernig the only loss of his career -- a controversial split decision to Jose Luis Ramirez two years earlier. Since then he'd taken the IBF lightweight belt from Greg Haugen, successfully defended against unbeaten Louie Lomeli, thrashed Ramirez in a rematch to take the IBF crown, and successfully defended both titles against Freddie Pendleton. But Azumah Nelson loomed as the toughest challenge of his career, bringing a 32-1 record that included a KO victory over featherweight legend Wilfredo Gomez. The boxing world was tingling over this collision, and for good reason.
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Pernell Whitaker & Azumah Nelson