Cloutier’s Canada Corner
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
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.