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IRON MIKE PASSES A TEST
Ralph Wiley
June 08, 1987
Pinklon Thomas had some class but took it on the chin from Mike Tyson
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June 08, 1987

Iron Mike Passes A Test

Pinklon Thomas had some class but took it on the chin from Mike Tyson

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Tyson would eventually throw six more, but it was that first left hook, that "bomb," that finished Thomas. Three more left hooks and a pair of rights were just for emphasis, and Pink was out at 2:00 of the sixth. Dundee, who had cursed at a ringside doctor for questioning Thomas's faculties after that savage first round, stepped in at the count of nine.

"The change is dramatic," said Jacobs afterward. "Mike is without doubt head and shoulders the best fighter in the world. The technical skills are there now but, more than anything, so is his confidence. His confidence is supreme. It may be years before he finds that foil, that opponent who can capture the imagination the way Mike has. But in the next 10 years a few will come."

Right now there is no one. This could be a problem—if it's possible to have any problems when you are 20 years old, the holder of two heavyweight titles (WBA and WBC) and are the toast of the beautiful people. There is, of course, the matter of 6'5" Tony Tucker (35-0, 29 KOs), the newly-crowned IBF heavyweight champion by virtue of his 10th-round TKO over James (Buster) Douglas in the Tyson preliminary. Tyson, 30-0, will make Tucker No. 31 on Aug. 1. Former Olympian Tyrell Biggs is on tap for October. "Movement, movement," said Biggs. "I don't think Tyson can fight in the center of the ring. He hasn't been tested." That may make the fall edition of Famous Last Words.

Then there is the winner of the renegade heavyweight championship bout between Michael Spinks and Gerry Cooney this month in Atlantic City. That head could be hunted in, say, January, should either Spinks or Cooney be willing. By March Tyson will be winging his way toward the Orient and his biggest payday—possibly $10 million, no matter whom he fights—before his Japanese fans, who are legion by all accounts. So all the involved promoters and managers are smiling. Tyson is in no pain either.

Pinklon Thomas could have stuck a pin in all this. But there might not be an epic fight for Mike Tyson until a fellow named Evander Holyfield—the former Olympian and current WBA light heavyweight champ—gets big enough to try his luck.

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