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|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
February 10, 1958 |
Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
|Wins by KO||34|
Pinklon Thomas (born February 10, 1958) is an American former professional boxer who held the WBC heavyweight title from 1984 to 1986. Nicknamed "Pink", his distinguishing characteristics were his pink boxing trunks and a powerful left jab. A native of Pontiac, Michigan, who also lived on military bases in South Carolina and Washington state, Thomas eventually settled in Orlando, Florida.
Pinklon Thomas turned professional after just three amateur fights and, with a record of 24-0-1, would finally get his World title shot against reigning WBC champion Tim Witherspoon in August 1984, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Thomas won the WBC Heavyweight Championship with a hard fought 12-round battle over "Terrible" Tim Witherspoon on August 31, 1984. Ten months later, he defended his title against ex-champion Mike Weaver, stopping Weaver with a single punch in the eighth round. Thomas lost the WBC title to Trevor Berbick in March 1986 by a decision.
Thomas came back and reeled off three ko wins before setting up a May 1987 challenge to WBC and WBA Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Although Thomas allegedly took the fight with a serious shoulder injury, he enjoyed success outjabbing Tyson. After a long break for a torn glove, action resumed in the 6th round where Tyson knocked Thomas out with a brutal fifteen punch salvo, knocking the extremely durable Thomas down for the first and last time in his lengthy career. Although he got up inside the count, the fight was waved off.
Thomas went in and out of retirement over the following years, taking fights against top contenders.
In December 1988 he returned from a 19-month layoff to fight #1 heavyweight contender Evander Holyfield. Thomas looked rusty as he was outmatched over 7 rounds, after which he was pulled out of his corner. Long-time trainer Angelo Dundee advised Thomas to retire and stopped working with him.
Thomas returned in 1990 to outpoint Curtis Isaac over 10 rounds, before being outpointed himself by the erratic and unpredictable Mike "The Bounty" Hunter. A few months later he fought Riddick Bowe and pulled out after 8 rounds. Bowe would go on to defeat Holyfield and become undisputed world heavyweight champion.
In February 1991 he took on hard hitting heavyweight Tommy Morrison but was cut and shaken up in the opening round, and pulled out on his stool. Morrison went on to win the WBO belt.
Thomas attempted one final comeback in 1992, winning twelve fights before outpointing Craig Payne. In his final fight in January 1993 he was upset by journeyman "Poncho" Carter.
Thomas now has a foundation, Project P.I.N.K. (Pride in Neighborhood Kids), and is a motivational speaker.
Professional boxing record
|43 Wins (34 knockouts, 11 decisions), 7 Losses (5 knockouts, 2 decision), 1 Draw |
|Loss||43-7-1||Lawrence Carter||TKO||7 (12)||29/01/1993||Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina||For vacant WBF Heavyweight title.|
|Win||43-6-1||Craig Payne||SD||12||14/11/1992||Greenville, South Carolina||For vacant IBO Heavyweight title.|
|Win||42-6-1||Mike Owens||TKO||3 (10)||22/10/1992||Club Rogues, Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Win||41-6-1||Dion Burgess||TKO||5 (10)||02/10/1992||Robarts Arena, Sarasota, Florida|
|Win||40-6-1||Kevin Nesbitt||KO||1 (10)||25/09/1992||Adam's Mark Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Win||39-6-1||Frankie Hines||KO||1 (?)||19/09/1992||Bill Sapp Recreation Center, Lumberton, North Carolina|
|Win||38-6-1||Larry Beilfuss||KO||1 (10)||05/09/1992||Howard Johnson's Hotel and Conference Center, Daytona Beach, Florida|
|Win||37-6-1||Adolph Davis||KO||1 (10)||22/08/1992||Denver, North Carolina|
|Win||36-6-1||Danny Wofford||PTS||10||14/08/1992||Greenville, South Carolina|
|Win||35-6-1||James Smith||KO||1 (10)||08/08/1992||Demopolis, Alabama|
|Win||34-6-1||Bobby Jones||TKO||1 (10)||01/08/1992||Forest City, South Carolina|
|Win||33-6-1||Terry Miller||KO||2 (10)||31/07/1992||Government House Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Win||32-6-1||Danny Sutton||PTS||10||27/06/1992||Greenville, South Carolina|
|Win||31-6-1||Herman Jackson||KO||3 (10)||29/05/1992||Greenville Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, South Carolina|
|Loss||30-6-1||Tommy Morrison||RTD||1 (10)||29/02/1991||Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri|
|Loss||30-5-1||Riddick Bowe||RTD||8 (10)||07/09/1990||UDC Physical Activities Center, District of Columbia|
|Loss||30-4-1||Mike Hunter||PTS||10||12/06/1990||Fort Bragg, North Carolina|
|Win||30-3-1||Curtis Isaac||PTS||10||23/05/1990||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan|
|Loss||29-3-1||Evander Holyfield||RTD||7 (10)||09/12/1988||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Loss||29-2-1||Mike Tyson||TKO||6 (12)||30/05/1987||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBC & WBA Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||29-1-1||Danny Sutton||TKO||7 (10)||07/03/1987||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||28-1-1||William Hosea||TKO||7 (10)||22/11/1986||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||27-1-1||Narcisco Maldonado||KO||5 (10)||16/10/1986||Aguadilla, Puerto Rico|
|Loss||26-1-1||Trevor Berbick||UD||12||22/03/1986||Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||26-0-1||Mike Weaver||TKO||8 (12)||15/06/1985||Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||25-0-1||Tim Witherspoon||MD||12||31/08/1984||Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||24-0-1||Bruce Grandham||TKO||5 (10)||20/06/1984||Hato Rey, Puerto Rico|
|Win||23-0-1||Leroy Boone||UD||10||27/10/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||22-0-1||Michael Greer||KO||5 (10)||24/09/1983||Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey|
|Win||21-0-1||Alfonso Ratliff||TKO||10 (10)||26/03/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Draw||20-0-1||Gerrie Coetzee||PTS||10||22/01/1983||Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||20–0||James Tillis||TKO||8 (10)||14/08/1982||Stouffers Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Win||19–0||Jerry Williams||KO||2 (10)||03/07/1982||Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey|
|Win||18–0||Luis Acosta||TKO||2 (10)||23/05/1982||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||17–0||Johnny Warr||PTS||8||23/01/1982||Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||16–0||Curtis Whitner||KO||2 (10)||25/11/1981||Philadelphia|
|Win||15–0||Lee Mitchell||KO||1 (10)||16/04/1981||Seattle|
|Win||14–0||Jerry Williams||UD||10||28/08/1980||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||13–0||Frank Brown||KO||4 (10)||15/06/1980||Clarkston, Michigan|
|Win||12–0||Jerry Williams||RTD||5 (10)||10/02/1980||Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida|
|Win||11–0||Bobby Jordan||TKO||5 (10)||14/12/1979||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||10–0||Leroy Caldwell||KO||10 (10)||18/07/1979||Silver Slipper, Las Vegas|
|Win||9–0||Willie Stoglin||KO||2 (10)||02/07/1979||Sedro-Woolley, Washington|
|Win||8–0||George Jerome||KO||2 (10)||07/06/1979||Jantzen Beach Ice Arena, Portland, Oregon|
|Win||7–0||Lee Holloman||KO||2 (10)||23/05/1979||Silver Slipper, Las Vegas|
|Win||6–0||Foma Leota||KO||2 (10)||26/04/1979||Seattle|
|Win||5–0||Elmo Tex Henderson||KO||5 (10)||04/04/1979||Billings, Montana|
|Win||4–0||Lew Lockwood||KO||4 (8)||20/02/1979||Seattle Center Arena[clarification needed], Seattle|
|Win||3–0||Roger Braxton||TKO||7 (8)||08/01/1979||Seattle|
|Win||2–0||Mustafa El Amin||KO||3 (6)||31/10/1978||Lacey, Washington|
|Win||1–0||Ken Arlt||PTS||6||29/08/1978||Seattle Center Arena, Seattle|
|Awards and achievements|
|Heavyweight boxing champion (WBC)
|Heavyweight boxing champion (IBO)
November 14, 1992–January 29, 1993