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Perfect Plex
10-01-2011, 12:52 AM
How do you rate him?

Pastrano
10-01-2011, 01:40 PM
I rate him highly. He had a terrific jab, he had the skill and he had the power. Even his chin was quite good. His only problem was motivation. After he won the title he seemed to lose the motivation. He was in trouble against Weaver before he ended it rather suddenly, he had that ability and power. Against Tyson he fought a very brave and disciplined fight, outjabbed him for the better part of the fight before he succumbed to Mike's rage. He outpointed WITHERSPOON, I mean Witherspoon! But after becoming a champ he had so many other things on his mind besides boxing and training, like trying to become a professional singer and managing some other fighters. It spelled his downfall.

SBleeder
10-01-2011, 01:44 PM
B-minus grade fighter.

The Surgeon
10-01-2011, 02:23 PM
i give him an A for the Moustache and Jab

everything else was ok to pretty good, nothing special

The Surgeon
10-01-2011, 02:24 PM
I rate him highly. He had a terrific jab, he had the skill and he had the power. Even his chin was quite good. His only problem was motivation. After he won the title he seemed to lose the motivation. He was in trouble against Weaver before he ended it rather suddenly, he had that ability and power. Against Tyson he fought a very brave and disciplined fight, outjabbed him for the better part of the fight before he succumbed to Mike's rage. He outpointed WITHERSPOON, I mean Witherspoon! But after becoming a champ he had so many other things on his mind besides boxing and training, like trying to become a professional singer and managing some other fighters. It spelled his downfall.

He's a truck driver now.

Its hard to think of Pinklon without envisioning Tyson rattling him silly with about 214 unanswered head shots tho

Kid McCoy
10-01-2011, 02:58 PM
A pretty good fighter with a fine jab and a very solid chin although like a lot of the heavies of that era he was a bit up and down. It looked like he'd be the one who finally knocked off an aging Holmes. He had excellent wins against Spoon and Weaver when both were highly regarded but followed up by getting outmuscled by Berbick in an upset and never really regained his mojo. Not one of the all time greats but tough to beat on his day and from about 85-86 he was probably the best heavyweight in the world.

Emon723
10-26-2011, 05:15 AM
A paper champion, he would give Holmes a tough, close fight, like Witherspoon and Carl Williams but Thomas would never beat the great Larry Holmes.

SCtrojansbaby
10-26-2011, 08:21 PM
C+ level guy

Terry A
10-27-2011, 11:42 AM
A pretty good fighter with a fine jab and a very solid chin although like a lot of the heavies of that era he was a bit up and down. It looked like he'd be the one who finally knocked off an aging Holmes. He had excellent wins against Spoon and Weaver when both were highly regarded but followed up by getting outmuscled by Berbick in an upset and never really regained his mojo. Not one of the all time greats but tough to beat on his day and from about 85-86 he was probably the best heavyweight in the world.

Another spot-on post Kid.

I remember when he was training for Berbick, he was also concentrating on what he thought would be a budding singing career. He was also distracted at times with his heroin addiction. If he could have stayed focused on training & fighting, he may have been remembered more highly.

Another case of a guy having lots of natural talent but his head not always being in the right place.

When I think of him, I remember that great jab of his. And really, that's about it. Lost potential.

jabsRstiff
10-27-2011, 02:24 PM
He was brought inas a sub to face James "Quick" Tillis, and he really battered him, especially with that jab. That was the fight that made a lot of people start paying attention.

NChristo
10-27-2011, 03:57 PM
i give him an A for the Moustache and Jab

everything else was ok to pretty good, nothing special

Wouldn't give him an A, don't think his moustache is on the level of the other A graders i.e Carlos Palomino, Jose Napoles and Alexis Arguello, his is more B+ next to Wilfredo Gomez

IronDanHamza
10-27-2011, 05:42 PM
Everytime I read or hear the name Pinklon Thomas I remember the beating Holyfield put on him. Not sure why, I just do.

He had a good jab though and was a decent fighter.

TBear
10-27-2011, 06:24 PM
First time I ever seen him was on one of those young heavyweight shows on HBO. The featured prospects Cooney and Greg Page. Thomas wasn't supposed to be part of the show but someone pulled out and they found Thomas in the casino at 2AM and asked him if he wanted to fight the next day. He fought Bobby Jordon and tore into him for five rounds til Jordon could not continue. A show that was meant to highlight other "up and comers" left the audience impressed with an unknown.

He was brought inas a sub to face James "Quick" Tillis, and he really battered him, especially with that jab. That was the fight that made a lot of people start paying attention.

I just watched this fight last week for he first time since I watched it live all those years ago. I agree about it being a coming out party for Thomas.
I remember watching it on a 12 inch cheap black and white tv in my room. lol

Capaedia
10-27-2011, 09:24 PM
Wouldn't give him an A, don't think his moustache is on the level of the other A graders i.e Carlos Palomino, Jose Napoles and Alexis Arguello, his is more B+ next to Wilfredo Gomez

Personally I think his moustache coasts along to A on H2H merits.

Dynamite76
12-22-2011, 04:00 PM
Pinklon was a talented fighter who didn't fight enough of the elite IMHO.He did beat Witherspoon, Weaver, and Ratliff, along with a unprepared Tillis, though.I always rated Page, Dokes, and Witherspoon higher.

GF of Boxing
12-23-2011, 07:30 PM
He's a truck driver now.

Its hard to think of Pinklon without envisioning Tyson rattling him silly with about 214 unanswered head shots tho

He's a boxing coach now, and he is still in phenomenal shape.

KO'er
12-27-2011, 11:55 PM
I read Taking on Tyson, which was made in 2006.

He was helping out to a center that kept people in check and off drugs. Providing counselling, a helping ear, etc. Right for him to do so too, after the Tyson fight he drove to LA and into South Central. He visited a crackhouse and didn't sleep for 2 weeks whilst he was there. Heading into LA he was even in a carlane where gang members where robbing people but they noticed him cos of the Tyson fight and let him leave with his valuables intact.

He had been off the drugs for over 10 years when he book was published, hope he still is. In the book he went to a boxing match and people still asked for his autograph :)

lazy
12-28-2011, 03:30 AM
I read somewhere that Thomas had a problem with drug addiction and got clean before winning the title.

BattlingNelson
12-28-2011, 06:36 AM
He's a truck driver now.

Its hard to think of Pinklon without envisioning Tyson rattling him silly with about 214 unanswered head shots tho
I remember reading a thread in NSB a long time ago, about one of the posters actually meeting Thomas at a gas station. I think it was a fairly good thread.

CarlosG815
12-28-2011, 06:58 PM
Pinklon Thomas was a very good fighter when he had his head on straight. A true throwback to the fighters of the golden era of 60-70's heavyweights. I remember Angelo Dundee saying before his fight with Mike Tyson "Mike is a great fighter but not on the level of a Pinklon Thomas. When he is focused and in shape he's one of the best"

Obviously we watched Mike Tyson dismantle him, but I look at that as more a testament to the greatness of Mike Tyson and not that Pinklon Thomas was not a good fighter.

Scott9945
12-28-2011, 08:24 PM
Pinklon Thomas was a very good fighter when he had his head on straight. A true throwback to the fighters of the golden era of 60-70's heavyweights. I remember Angelo Dundee saying before his fight with Mike Tyson "Mike is a great fighter but not on the level of a Pinklon Thomas. When he is focused and in shape he's one of the best"

Obviously we watched Mike Tyson dismantle him, but I look at that as more a testament to the greatness of Mike Tyson and not that Pinklon Thomas was not a good fighter.

The Thomas fight was one of Tyson's better title fight performances. Plus Pinklon was a little past his prime by then.

TAC602
01-25-2012, 04:41 AM
Pinklon Thomas was a very good fighter when he had his head on straight. A true throwback to the fighters of the golden era of 60-70's heavyweights. I remember Angelo Dundee saying before his fight with Mike Tyson "Mike is a great fighter but not on the level of a Pinklon Thomas. When he is focused and in shape he's one of the best"

Obviously we watched Mike Tyson dismantle him, but I look at that as more a testament to the greatness of Mike Tyson and not that Pinklon Thomas was not a good fighter.

Yeah well, it seems anybody who Tyson dismantled came into the fight with a style that could trouble him and left a bum immediately thereafter. Not too many people like the idea of supporting a convicted rapist, and more dislike the popularity he received even before he became a lightning rod for the media.