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[[Image:Pinklon_Thomas.jpg|left|thumb|<center>Pinklon Thomas</center>]]
 
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'''Managers''': [[Joe West]] and [[Roland Jankelson]]<br>
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'''Managers:''' [[Joe West]] and [[Roland Jankelson]]<br>
'''Trainer''': [[Angelo Dundee]]
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'''Trainer:''' [[Angelo Dundee]]
  
*Turned professional after just three amateur fights
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'''[[:Category:Pinklon Thomas Gallery|Pinklon Thomas Gallery]]
*Defeated [[Craig Payne]] by a twelve-round split decision to become the first [[IBO]] Heavyweight Champion in 1992
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*Inducted into the [[Florida Boxing Hall of Fame]]
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* '''[[:Category:Pinklon Thomas Gallery|Pinklon Thomas Gallery]]
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[[File:Thomas-Witherspoon 164130541.jpg|right|375px|thumb|<center>Pinklon Thomas (left) vs. Tim Witherspoon</center>]]
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*Had a $150-a-day heroin habit when he was 14 years old.
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*Started boxing when he was 19 years old and quit using drugs.
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*Turned professional after just three amateur fights.
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*Trainer Angelo Dundee said Thomas had a jab that was "as close to a [[Sonny Liston]] jab as I've ever seen."
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*Fought a ten-round draw with [[Gerrie Coetzee]], the [[WBA]]'s No. 1 heavyweight contender and future champion, on January 22, 1983.
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*Defeated [[Tim Witherspoon]] by a twelve-round majority decision to win the [[WBC]] Heavyweight Championship on August 31, 1984.
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*Defended the WBC title with an eighth-round knockout of former WBA Heavyweight Champion [[Mike Weaver]] on June 15, 1985.
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*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.
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*Knocked out in six rounds by WBA/WBC Heavyweight Champion [[Mike Tyson]] on May 20, 1987.
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*Entered rehab after binging on drugs and alcohol for five days. "I’ve been 100% clean since February 10, 1989," Thomas said in 2013.
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*Defeated [[Craig Payne]] by a twelve-round split decision to become the first [[IBO]] Heavyweight Champion on November 14, 1992.
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*Founded Project P.I.N.K. (Pride In Neighborhood Kids) as an outlet to foster youth mentorship.
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*Inducted into the [[Florida Boxing Hall of Fame]] in 2009.
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*Had a record of 2-2 (1 KO) in world title fights.
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*Had a record of 3-5-1 (2 KOs) against current, future and former world champions.
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**Won against [[Alfonzo Ratliff]], Tim Witherspoon, Mike Weaver
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**Lost against Trevor Berbick, Mike Tyson, [[Evander Holyfield]], [[Riddick Bowe]], [[Tommy Morrison]]
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**Drew with Gerrie Coetzee
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==Sources==
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*[http://www.si.com/vault/1984/09/10/626211/the-champs-in-the-pink "The champ's in the pink" By Pat Putnam, ''Sports Illustrated'', September 10, 1984]
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*[http://www.boxing.com/still_in_the_pink_a_life_of_pinklon_thomas.html "Still in the Pink: A Life of Pinklon Thomas" By Brian D'Ambros, ''Boxing.com'', May 28, 2013]
  
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Latest revision as of 04:03, 25 December 2014

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.

Sources



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
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Lionel Butler