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Boxer David Whittom Passes Away

By: Daniel Cloutier
Photo: William Trillo


MONTRÉAL - The cruiserweight David Whittom, from Québec City, died Saturday evening after a 10 month coma in a Fredericton Hospital. He was 39 years old.

Whittom (12-24-1) collapsed in the ring May 27th 2017 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, after a KO loss in the 10th round against Gary Kopas (10-11-2), from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was a Canadian cruiserweight championship.

The promoter of the event called the emergency service, and Whittom was transported by ambulance to Fredericton Hospital. After a coma of five months, a doctor thought that Whittom could awake in the days to come, but it’s never happened.

The Fredericton Hospital confirmed the passing around midnight Saturday. Whittom’s funeral will be organized in Québec City in the next days.

Editors Note: By William Trillo

The first time I saw David Whittom was in April 2009. Whittom was sitting on a curb on Rue Guy in Montreal drying out before a weigh-in for a fight against Adrian Diaconu the next day. You could sense David was suffering as he spit out the last drops of water in his body in order to make weight for the fight that would take place at The Bell Center the next day. Whittom lost to Diaconu but was valiant in his effort that he lost by unanimous decision.

Just a month later I covered a fight in Las Vegas and much to my surprise there was Whittom going up against the rising star Ismayal Sillah. Whittom took a real beating at the hands of Sillah but hung in there until the bitter end that came via TKO in the seventh round.

Whittom was the consummate journeymen who faced many big names in his 37 fight career. He is one fighter who I learned to respect because no matter the challenge he was always willing to face it head on.

I am saddened by the news. Even though he never was a champion he is one fighter I will never forget. Pound4Pound sends out our condolences to his family and friends.


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