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Whitaker Released From Hospital

May 2, 2001

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Former boxing champion Pernell Whitaker said Tuesday that a mixture of medication and alcohol caused a seizure that sent him to the hospital Sunday afternoon, two days after his first fight in more than two years.

``I’ve learned my final lessons on taking medication with alcohol,″ he told Hampton Roads-based WVEC-TV. ``I had an allergic reaction and a small seizure, and (I’m) thankful for my girlfriend that she saved me, and that’s that.″

The 37-year-old boxer, who lives in Virginia Beach, was released from the hospital Monday.

Whitaker (40-4-1) has held six championships in four weight categories and was fighting in the 154-pound junior middleweight class Friday night. It was his first fight in 26 months.

Whitaker called the bout against Carlos Bojorquez an exploratory return to the ring. But he separated a shoulder when hit by a right hand in the second round. He lasted until the referee stopped the fight 27 seconds into the fourth.

``I am done,″ Whitaker said from a Reno, Nev. hospital emergency room after the bout.

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