Pinklon Thomas

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Pinklon Thomas
Boxer Pinklon Thomas.jpg
Nickname(s) Pink
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1958-02-10) February 10, 1958 (age 58)
Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 51
Wins 43
Wins by KO 34
Losses 7
Draws 1

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.

Pro career[edit]

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,[1] 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.

A comeback fight in 1999 with old foe Tim Witherspoon was not to be, because a fight with Larry Holmes for the winner could not be confirmed.


Thomas now has a foundation, Project P.I.N.K. (Pride in Neighborhood Kids), and is a motivational speaker.

Professional boxing record[edit]

43 Wins (34 knockouts, 11 decisions), 7 Losses (5 knockouts, 2 decision), 1 Draw [2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 43-7-1 United States Lawrence Carter TKO 7 (12) 29/01/1993 United States Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina For vacant WBF Heavyweight title.
Win 43-6-1 United States Craig Payne SD 12 14/11/1992 United States Greenville, South Carolina For vacant IBO Heavyweight title.
Win 42-6-1 United States Mike Owens TKO 3 (10) 22/10/1992 United States Club Rogues, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Win 41-6-1 United States Dion Burgess TKO 5 (10) 02/10/1992 United States Robarts Arena, Sarasota, Florida
Win 40-6-1 United States Kevin Nesbitt KO 1 (10) 25/09/1992 United States Adam's Mark Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina
Win 39-6-1 United States Frankie Hines KO 1 (?) 19/09/1992 United States Bill Sapp Recreation Center, Lumberton, North Carolina
Win 38-6-1 United States Larry Beilfuss KO 1 (10) 05/09/1992 United States Howard Johnson's Hotel and Conference Center, Daytona Beach, Florida
Win 37-6-1 United States Adolph Davis KO 1 (10) 22/08/1992 United States Denver, North Carolina
Win 36-6-1 United States Danny Wofford PTS 10 14/08/1992 United States Greenville, South Carolina
Win 35-6-1 United States James Smith KO 1 (10) 08/08/1992 United States Demopolis, Alabama
Win 34-6-1 United States Bobby Jones TKO 1 (10) 01/08/1992 United States Forest City, South Carolina
Win 33-6-1 United States Terry Miller KO 2 (10) 31/07/1992 United States Government House Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina
Win 32-6-1 United States Danny Sutton PTS 10 27/06/1992 United States Greenville, South Carolina
Win 31-6-1 United States Herman Jackson KO 3 (10) 29/05/1992 United States Greenville Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, South Carolina
Loss 30-6-1 United States Tommy Morrison RTD 1 (10) 29/02/1991 United States Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri
Loss 30-5-1 United States Riddick Bowe RTD 8 (10) 07/09/1990 United States UDC Physical Activities Center, District of Columbia
Loss 30-4-1 United States Mike Hunter PTS 10 12/06/1990 United States Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Win 30-3-1 United States Curtis Isaac PTS 10 23/05/1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Loss 29-3-1 United States Evander Holyfield RTD 7 (10) 09/12/1988 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 29-2-1 United States Mike Tyson TKO 6 (12) 30/05/1987 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBC & WBA Heavyweight titles.
Win 29-1-1 United States Danny Sutton TKO 7 (10) 07/03/1987 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 28-1-1 United States William Hosea TKO 7 (10) 22/11/1986 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 27-1-1 Puerto Rico Narcisco Maldonado KO 5 (10) 16/10/1986 Puerto Rico Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Loss 26-1-1 Canada Trevor Berbick UD 12 22/03/1986 United States Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 26-0-1 United States Mike Weaver TKO 8 (12) 15/06/1985 United States Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 25-0-1 United States Tim Witherspoon MD 12 31/08/1984 United States Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 24-0-1 United States Bruce Grandham TKO 5 (10) 20/06/1984 Puerto Rico Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Win 23-0-1 United States Leroy Boone UD 10 27/10/1983 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 22-0-1 United States Michael Greer KO 5 (10) 24/09/1983 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
Win 21-0-1 United States Alfonso Ratliff TKO 10 (10) 26/03/1983 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
Draw 20-0-1 South Africa Gerrie Coetzee PTS 10 22/01/1983 United States Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 20–0 United States James Tillis TKO 8 (10) 14/08/1982 United States Stouffers Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio
Win 19–0 United States Jerry Williams KO 2 (10) 03/07/1982 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey
Win 18–0 Argentina Luis Acosta TKO 2 (10) 23/05/1982 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 17–0 United States Johnny Warr PTS 8 23/01/1982 United States Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 16–0 United States Curtis Whitner KO 2 (10) 25/11/1981 United States Philadelphia
Win 15–0 United States Lee Mitchell KO 1 (10) 16/04/1981 United States Seattle
Win 14–0 United States Jerry Williams UD 10 28/08/1980 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 13–0 United States Frank Brown KO 4 (10) 15/06/1980 United States Clarkston, Michigan
Win 12–0 United States Jerry Williams RTD 5 (10) 10/02/1980 United States Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 11–0 United States Bobby Jordan TKO 5 (10) 14/12/1979 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 10–0 United States Leroy Caldwell KO 10 (10) 18/07/1979 United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas
Win 9–0 United States Willie Stoglin KO 2 (10) 02/07/1979 United States Sedro-Woolley, Washington
Win 8–0 Canada George Jerome KO 2 (10) 07/06/1979 United States Jantzen Beach Ice Arena, Portland, Oregon
Win 7–0 United States Lee Holloman KO 2 (10) 23/05/1979 United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas
Win 6–0 Samoa Foma Leota KO 2 (10) 26/04/1979 United States Seattle
Win 5–0 United States Elmo Tex Henderson KO 5 (10) 04/04/1979 United States Billings, Montana
Win 4–0 United States Lew Lockwood KO 4 (8) 20/02/1979 United States Seattle Center Arena[clarification needed], Seattle
Win 3–0 United States Roger Braxton TKO 7 (8) 08/01/1979 United States Seattle
Win 2–0 United States Mustafa El Amin KO 3 (6) 31/10/1978 United States Lacey, Washington
Win 1–0 United States Ken Arlt PTS 6 29/08/1978 United States Seattle Center Arena, Seattle


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Pinklon Thomas". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tim Witherspoon
Heavyweight boxing champion (WBC)
Succeeded by
Trevor Berbick
Preceded by
Inaugural champion
Heavyweight boxing champion (IBO)
November 14, 1992–January 29, 1993
Succeeded by
Danell Nicholson