Pinklon Thomas

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Pinklon Thomas

Name: Pinklon Thomas
Alias: Pink
Born: 1958-02-10
Birthplace: Pontiac, Michigan, USA
Hometown: Pontiac, Michigan, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 3″   /   191cm
Reach: 77″   /   196cm
Boxing Record: click

Managers: Joe West and Roland Jankelson
Trainer: Angelo Dundee

Pinklon Thomas Gallery

Pinklon Thomas (left) vs. Tim Witherspoon
  • Had a $150-a-day heroin habit when he was 14 years old.
  • Started boxing when he was 19 years old and quit using drugs.
  • Turned professional after just three amateur fights.
  • Trainer Angelo Dundee said Thomas had a jab that was "as close to a Sonny Liston jab as I've ever seen."
  • Fought a ten-round draw with Gerrie Coetzee, the WBA's No. 1 heavyweight contender and future champion, on January 22, 1983.
  • Defeated Tim Witherspoon by a twelve-round majority decision to win the WBC Heavyweight Championship on August 31, 1984.
  • Defended the WBC title with an eighth-round knockout of former WBA Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver on June 15, 1985.
  • Suffered his first defeat and lost the WBC title to 6½-1 underdog Trevor Berbick by a twelve-round unanimous decision on March 22, 1986.
  • Knocked out in six rounds by WBA/WBC Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson on May 20, 1987.
  • Entered rehab after binging on drugs and alcohol for five days. "I’ve been 100% clean since February 10, 1989," Thomas said in 2013.
  • Defeated Craig Payne by a twelve-round split decision to become the first IBO Heavyweight Champion on November 14, 1992.
  • Founded Project P.I.N.K. (Pride In Neighborhood Kids) as an outlet to foster youth mentorship.
  • Inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • Had a record of 2-2 (1 KO) in world title fights.
  • Had a record of 3-5-1 (2 KOs) against current, future and former world champions.


Preceded by:
Tim Witherspoon
WBC Heavyweight Champion
1984 Aug 31 – 1986 Mar 22
Succeeded by:
Trevor Berbick
Preceded by:
Inaugural Champion
IBO Heavyweight Champion
1992 Nov 14 – 1993 Jan 29
Succeeded by:
Lionel Butler