Pinklon Thomas

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Pinklon Thomas
Boxer Pinklon Thomas.jpg
Statistics
Nickname(s) Pink
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1958-02-10) February 10, 1958 (age 59)
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 a retired American professional boxer who competed from 1978 to 1993, and held the WBC heavyweight title from 1984 to 1986. Thomas' distinguishing characteristics were his pink boxing trunks and a powerful left jab.

Early life[edit]

A native of Pontiac, Michigan, who also lived on military bases in South Carolina and Washington, Thomas eventually settled in Orlando, Florida.

Professional career[edit]

Thomas turned professional after just three amateur fights. By 1984, with a record of 24–0–1, he would get his first world title shot against reigning WBC heavyweight 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 vs. Tyson[edit]

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.

Retirement[edit]

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

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
51 fights 43 wins 7 losses
By knockout 34 5
By decision 9 2
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
51 Loss 43–7–1 United States Lawrence Carter TKO 7 (12), 0:47 Jan 29, 1993 United States Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina, U.S. Lost WBF (Federation) heavyweight title
50 Win 43–6–1 United States Craig Payne SD 12 Nov 14, 1992 United States Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, South Carolina, U.S. Won vacant IBO and WBF (Federation) heavyweight titles
49 Win 42–6–1 United States Mike Owens TKO 3 (10) Oct 22, 1992 United States Club Rogues, Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
48 Win 41–6–1 United States Dion Burgess TKO 5 (10), 2:06 Oct 2, 1992 United States Robarts Arena, Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
47 Win 40–6–1 United States Kevin Nesbitt KO 1 (10) Sep 25, 1992 United States Adam's Mark Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
46 Win 39–6–1 United States Frankie Hines KO 1 Sep 19, 1992 United States Bill Sapp Recreation Center, Lumberton, North Carolina, U.S.
45 Win 38–6–1 United States Larry Beilfuss KO 1 (10) Sep 5, 1992 United States Howard Johnson Hotel and Conference Center, Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
44 Win 37–6–1 United States Adolph Davis KO 1 (10) Aug 22, 1992 United States Denver, North Carolina, U.S.
43 Win 36–6–1 United States Danny Wofford UD 10 Aug 14, 1992 United States Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
42 Win 35–6–1 United States James Smith KO 1 (10) Aug 8, 1992 United States Demopolis, Alabama, U.S.
41 Win 34–6–1 United States Bobby Jones TKO 1 (10) Aug 1, 1992 United States Forest City, North Carolina, U.S.
40 Win 33–6–1 United States Terry Miller KO 2 (10) Jul 31, 1992 United States Government House Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
39 Win 32–6–1 United States Danny Sutton UD 10 Jun 27, 1992 United States Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
38 Win 31–6–1 United States Herman Jackson KO 3 (10), 1:44 May 29, 1992 United States Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
37 Loss 30–6–1 United States Tommy Morrison RTD 1 (10), 3:00 Feb 19, 1991 United States Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
36 Loss 30–5–1 United States Riddick Bowe RTD 8 (10), 3:00 Sep 7, 1990 United States University Physical Activities Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.
35 Loss 30–4–1 United States Mike Hunter UD 10 Jun 12, 1990 United States Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.
34 Win 30–3–1 United States Curtis Isaac UD 10 May 23, 1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
33 Loss 29–3–1 United States Evander Holyfield RTD 7 (10), 3:00 Dec 9, 1988 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
32 Loss 29–2–1 United States Mike Tyson TKO 6 (12), 2:00 May 30, 1987 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. For WBA and WBC heavyweight titles
31 Win 29–1–1 United States Danny Sutton TKO 7 (10), 2:54 Mar 7, 1987 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
30 Win 28–1–1 United States William Hosea TKO 7 (10), 1:10 Nov 22, 1986 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
29 Win 27–1–1 Puerto Rico Narcisco Maldonado KO 5 (10) Oct 16, 1986 Puerto Rico Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
28 Loss 26–1–1 Canada Trevor Berbick UD 12 Mar 22, 1986 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC heavyweight title
27 Win 26–0–1 United States Mike Weaver TKO 8 (12), 1:42 Jun 15, 1985 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC heavyweight title
26 Win 25–0–1 United States Tim Witherspoon MD 12 Aug 31, 1984 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC heavyweight title
25 Win 24–0–1 United States Bruce Grandham RTD 5 (10), 0:01 Jun 20, 1984 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
24 Win 23–0–1 United States Leroy Boone UD 10 Oct 27, 1983 United States Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
23 Win 22–0–1 United States Michael Greer TKO 5 (10), 1:15 Sep 24, 1983 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
22 Win 21–0–1 United States Alfonso Ratliff TKO 10 (10), 2:36 Mar 26, 1983 United States Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
21 Draw 20–0–1 South Africa Gerrie Coetzee MD 10 Jan 22, 1983 United States Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 United States James Tillis TKO 8 (10), 0:58 Aug 14, 1982 United States Stouffer's Inn on the Square Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 United States Jerry Williams KO 2 (10), 1:29 Jul 3, 1982 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Argentina Luis Acosta RTD 2 (10), 3:00 May 23, 1982 United States Tropicana, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Johnny Warr PTS 8 Jan 23, 1982 United States Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Curtis Whitner KO 2 (10) Nov 25, 1981 United States Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States Lee Mitchell KO 1 (10) Apr 16, 1981 United States Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Jerry Williams UD 10 Aug 28, 1980 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Frank Brown KO 4 (10) Jun 15, 1980 United States Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Jerry Williams RTD 5 (10), 3:00 Feb 10, 1980 United States Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Bobby Jordan TKO 5 (10), 3:00 Dec 14, 1979 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Leroy Caldwell KO 10 (10), 2:48 Jul 18, 1979 United States Silver Slipper, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Willie Stoglin TKO 2 (10), 2:52 Jul 2, 1979 United States High School, Sedro-Woolley, Washington, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Canada George Jerome TKO 2 (8), 1:20 Jun 7, 1979 United States Jantzen Beach Center, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Lee Holloman KO 2 (10), 2:28 May 23, 1979 United States Silver Slipper, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Samoa Foma Leota KO 2 (10) Apr 26, 1979 United States Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Elmo Tex Henderson TKO 5 (10) Apr 4, 1979 United States Entertainment Trade and Recreation Arena, Billings, Montana, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Lew Lockwood TKO 4 (8) Feb 20, 1979 United States Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Roger Braxton TKO 7 (8) Jan 8, 1979 United States Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Mustafa El Amin TKO 3 (6) Oct 31, 1978 United States Saint Martin's University Gym, Lacey, Washington, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Ken Arlt SD 6 Aug 29, 1978 United States Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Professional debut

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Sporting positions
Minor world boxing titles
New title WBF (Federation) heavyweight champion
November 14, 1992 – January 29, 1993
Succeeded by
Lawrence Carter
IBO heavyweight champion
November 14, 1992 – January 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Lionel Butler
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Tim Witherspoon
WBC heavyweight champion
August 31, 1984 – March 22, 1986
Succeeded by
Trevor Berbick