By Ronielt Castro
Former WBC and IBO Heavy weight Champion Pinklon Thomas
is being recognized by the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame
for his accomplishments inside and outside the ring. Pinklon
always set himself apart with his pink trucks and
whipping left jab. Early on in life he was plagued by
drugs and crime but boxing provided the outlet that
would prove to be his saving grace, and he reached
heights unimaginable as a youngster. Pinklonís first
title shot came when he had a record of record of
24-0-1, born in Michigan, won his first World title shot
against reigning WBC Champ Tim Witherspoon in August
1984, in Las Vegas, NV.
Twenty five years later on November 13-15 2009 in Tampa,
Fl, Pinklon Thomas becomes inducted into the Florida
Boxing Hall of Fame along with
Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., Luis
Manuel Rodriguez, Ralph Dupas, Willie Pastrano,
Florentino Fernandez and many more. Legendary
trainer Angelo Dundee and fight
Dr. Ferdie Pacheco will also
be honored into the Hall of Fame. Fight fans are
invited to attend for more info go to
I had the pleasure of sitting down with the former WBC
and IBO Heavy weight Champion Pinklon Thomas and here is
what he had to say.
RC: How are you doing these days Champ?
Pinklon: Iím doing fantastic and staying clean
and serine doing great. I know live in Florida, eating
right, sleeping, and boxing. Everyday I thank the man
upstairs that Iím alive and off of drugs because I very
much enjoying the Florida weather. Right now, Iím
hanging out in Jupiter with the possibility of doing a
movie deal about my life story. You know I went from
rags to riches. Iím so grateful to be here and working
with project P.I.N.K that helps out the kids and the
community in all aspects. It is important for kids and
people to have mentors. Dundee, Ali, Frazier, and I all
had mentors and some of the greatest fighters had
mentors to guide them in the right direction. I had
mentors but unfortunately chose the wrong path, and my
hope is that the kids learn from my mistakes and take
advantage of the opportunity that is provided to them
through project P.I.N.K. The thing is you donít take
anything with you when youíre no longer alive and
kick-in the only thing you leave is what you give back
to the community and the kids. That is why I came up
with project P.I.N.K
RC: After retiring with a record of 43 wins (34KO)-7-1
you started project P.I.N.K can you tell the boxing fans
a little bit more about your program.
Pinklon: I grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan
the lifestyle was coke, drugs, and living the fast life,
but I was a young kid and good athlete. Many of my
friends went to jail or are dead. To be honest, I donít
know how I made it out of the city. When I found
boxing, people said this kid has heart of the city, but
throughout my career I used drugs. I would still be
champ if I hadnít messed around with all the stuff. This
is why I want people to get behind project P.I.N.K
because itís all about helping the kids to stay on the
right path. Its all about teaching the youngsterís as
Angelo says, Iíve been through hell and back. I have
been through the jungle; I havenít read about it or seen
it in the movies I lived through it. This is why itís
my mission to get people involved in mentoring the youth
of today. I want to make leaders out of the kids in our
program so they can grow up to be presidents, mentors,
teachers, lawyers, and doctors. This is why I have to
give back because itís only through the grace of boxing
that I am here today.
RC: What do you think about the state of the
Pinklon: It stinks; glad Iím not fighting today
because it would make me want to get a job thatís how
bad it is.
RC: Out all your fights champ who was your most
difficult opponent and who hit you the hardest?
Pinklon: It was me that was the hardest one lol.
My most difficult opponent was seriously me because I
did stupid stuff. I was doing all the wrong stuff, and
I had mentors but did use them. It was only years later
that I realized the importance of mentors which is why I
started project P.I.N.K. that way people donít have to
go through the jungle. I started project P.I.N.K
because there are so many kids that need to be mentored
and I wanted to start a trend all over the world to
teach them to succeed not fail. I want them to wine and
dine with kings, queens, and presidents. I want them to
have the etiquette to sit amongst professional people
and speak intelligently not get embarrassed and more
importantly to pass it on.
All the garbage I put into my body hit me the
hardest but inside the ring Trevor Berbick , Mike Tyson,
and anyone with over two hundred pounds hits hard. Iíve
had long nights and short nights. I remember finishing
this one fight and afterwards I had a headache and the
headache lasted for two months.
RC: Is there anything you miss most about boxing?
Pinklon: No, because I stay involved in boxing.
I thank Don King for giving me a shot at the title. No
one ever gives Don credit, but I am going to give him
credit. Don King has paved the way for all the
promoters in the business. He has promoted some of the
biggest names in boxing. It comes from the heart when I
say Don has mentored these promoters on how to get
million dollar purses because he was the first to do so.
RC: How does it feel to be recognized for your
accomplishments inside and outside of the ring?
Pinklon: ďThe president of the FBHOF said you
fought some great fights and had a great left jab. You
were world champion and that no one can take that away
from you.Ē What I am doing right now is the most
important thing. When you give you receive. I thank my
family, my daughter, sons , and father we all have a
great relationship. I feel great and still move around.
Itís a humbling experience, and I feel honored to be
inducted. Iím always doing my thing man.
RC: Pinklon is there anything else you would like to
tell the fans
Pinklon: I just want them to join forces on
project P.I.N.K itís going to be so big from east to
west and north to south itís going to be project P.I.N.K
mania. Iím proud to be able to pass it on. I want to
see the change in the kids as they begin to grow. I
want it all over the world from Tokyo to Japan from one
side of the world to the next.
People are going to see me put on one hell of
an exhibition come November 13-15. I am lean, mean and
going break that heavy bag.
For fans that would like to write to Pinklon, you can
email him at
Pinklonthomas1000@yahoo.com or write him a letter to
Project P.IN.K, P.O. Box 622541, Orlando, Fl 32862. If
you want to send in a million dollars or donate to
Project P.I.N.K or if people want to know more about
project pink feel free to email him.