Former WBC and IBO Heavyweight champion of the world Pinklon Thomas will appear at Jupiter Boxing Club & Martial Arts Training Center in Jupiter, Fla., on Thursday, October 22 to raise awareness for Project P.I.N.K. (Pride In Neighborhood Kids).
Project P.I.N.K., started by Thomas is a program designed to train at risk youth to become mentors to other kids. Mentors in Project P.I.N.K. guide their protégés in areas such as academics, athletics, etiquette, and dress, all designed to help keep at risk kids out of trouble.
As part of Project P.I.N.K., the former champ will also work with kids in various areas including a boxing program.
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. In a comeback attempt in May 1987 against champion Mike Tyson, Thomas went down in the sixth round for the first and only time in his career. Thomas beat the count however the referee stopped the bout moments later.
During his 15 year career, Thomas also faced world champions Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe. After becoming the first heavyweight champion of the International Boxing Organization (IBO) in 1992, he retired a year later with a record of 43-7 with 34 knockouts.
Thomas had an amazing rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-redemption journey through boxing and life. A street hustler in the housing projects of Michigan, Thomas turned professional after just three amateur fights. He won the WBC heavyweight championship after having gone undefeated in his first 25 pro bouts.
However, Thomas had always lived the fast life and the heavyweight championship only accelerated his vices. After squandering his money and considerable talent that included an excellent jab and rock solid chin, he decided to get sober once he was shunned by his trainer, the legendary Angelo Dundee.
Thomas has been sober for well over a decade and has worked as a counselor with recovering addicts. He is now committed to preventing kids from falling into the same traps that nearly destroyed him.
Thomas will be available to the media at Jupiter Boxing, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET. He will talk with and train club members and the public at 4:00 p.m..
Jupiter Boxing Club is located at 115 1st St. in Jupiter, FL. Jupiter Boxing Club is a complete fitness center, self defense, and combat sport training facility for men, women and children interested in Boxing, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and much more.
Come meet the champ, take a picture, get an autograph and hear about his incredible story of redemption.