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Michael Dokes boxer

Michael Dokes image
Status inactive
Age 54
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 3″/191cm
Reach 78″/198cm
Debut 1976-10-15
Born 1958-08-10
Death 2012-08-12
Nationality USA
Residence Akron, Ohio, USA
bouts
61
won
53
lost
6
draw
2
bouts
61
won
53
lost
6
draw
2
Status inactive
Age 54
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 3″/191cm
Reach 78″/198cm
Debut 1976-10-15
Born 1958-08-10
Death 2012-08-12
Nationality USA
Residence Akron, Ohio, USA

Dokes won a silver medal at the 1975 Pan American Games. He lost a 5-0 decision to Teófilo Stevenson in the finals. He also lost a close decision to John Tate in the Olympic trials in 1976, after which he turned professional.Dokes turned professional in 1976. He received national exposure in a televised exhibition with Muhammad Ali in 1977, which saw Ali clown and mug while slipping Dokes' punches, but also revealed glimpses of Dokes' potential. He came to real prominence in 1979 by defeating veteran contender Jimmy Young. His career faltered slightly after fighting to a draw with Ossie Ocasio, but Dokes returned to knock out Ocasio in one round soon thereafter. By early 1982, after a first-round knockout of Lynn Ball to win the NABF title, Dokes was in line for a title shot. He was ranked #2 by the WBC and #3 by the WBA. Dokes became WBA heavyweight champion in 1982 by knocking out Mike Weaver in the first round in a match held weeks after the Mancini-Kim fight that ended in Kim's death. Because of Nevada State Athletic Commission instructions to referee Joey Curtis regarding the stoppage of the fight in light of the incident, some felt it was premature. In the rematch, Dokes retained his title on a majority draw.

Dokes won a silver medal at the 1975 Pan American Games. He lost a 5-0 decision to Teófilo Stevenson in the finals. He also lost a close decision to John Tate in the Olympic trials in 1976, after which he turned professional.Dokes turned professional in 1976. He received national exposure in a televised exhibition with Muhammad Ali in 1977, which saw Ali clown and mug while slipping Dokes' punches, but also revealed glimpses of Dokes' potential. He came to real prominence in 1979 by defeating veteran contender Jimmy Young. His career faltered slightly after fighting to a draw with Ossie Ocasio, but Dokes returned to knock out Ocasio in one round soon thereafter. By early 1982, after a first-round knockout of Lynn Ball to win the NABF title, Dokes was in line for a title shot. He was ranked #2 by the WBC and #3 by the WBA. Dokes became WBA heavyweight champion in 1982 by knocking out Mike Weaver in the first round in a match held weeks after the Mancini-Kim fight that ended in Kim's death. Because of Nevada State Athletic Commission instructions to referee Joey Curtis regarding the stoppage of the fight in light of the incident, some felt it was premature. In the rematch, Dokes retained his title on a majority draw.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Oct. 11, 1997 Paul Phillips LLWWWW Peel's Palace, Erlanger LOSS
Technical knockout
April 5, 1997 Louis Monaco LWLLLW Aztlan Theatre, Denver LOSS
Points
Dec. 10, 1996 Doug Davis LLLLLW Club Rio, Tempe WIN
Unanimous decision
July 27, 1996 Dave Fiddler LLLLLL Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester WIN
KO
Nov. 18, 1995 Dave Slaughter LLWLLL Aurora WIN
KO
Feb. 6, 1993 Riddick Bowe WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight

World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Oct. 27, 1992 Barry Forbes WLLDWL Phoenix International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight

World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 6, 1992 Jose Ribalta WWLLLL Mahi Shrine Temple, Miami Beach WIN
Unanimous decision
July 28, 1992 Jesse Ferguson WLWLLW Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City WIN
Unanimous decision
April 16, 1992 Danny Sutton LWWLWW Paramount Theatre, New York WIN
KO
March 21, 1992 Percell Davis LLWLLL Cleveland State Convocation Center, Cleveland WIN
Corner retirement
Feb. 14, 1992 Danny Wofford DLLLLW Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 21, 1992 Danny Stonewalker WWLWLW Union Plaza Casino, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 27, 1991 Tyrone Armstrong WLLWLW Union Plaza Casino, Las Vegas WIN
KO
Nov. 29, 1991 John Morton LLLLLL Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
April 4, 1990 Donovan Ruddock WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Heavyweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Feb. 5, 1990 Jorge Alfredo Dascola WLWWWW Great Western Forum, Inglewood World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 13, 1989 Lionel Washington WWWLWL Great Western Forum, Inglewood vacant World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 24, 1989 Wesley Watson LWWWWW Felt Forum, New York WIN
Technical knockout
July 13, 1989 Bobby Crabtree WLWWLL Felt Forum, New York WIN
KO
March 11, 1989 Evander Holyfield WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas World Boxing Council Continental Americas Heavyweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Dec. 9, 1988 Rocky Sekorski LWWLWW Convention Hall, Atlantic City World Boxing Council Continental Americas Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 27, 1988 Curtis Isaac WWWLLL Felt Forum, New York WIN
Technical knockout
July 28, 1988 Manoel de Almeida LWLLL Felt Forum, New York WIN
Corner retirement
June 27, 1988 Andrew Stokes WLLWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
April 28, 1988 James Pritchard WWLWWW Felt Forum, New York vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 24, 1988 Eddie Richardson WLLLWL Felt Forum, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 22, 1988 Ken Lakusta WLWLLL Convention Center, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 17, 1987 Kevin P Porter WLLLLL Felt Forum, New York WIN
Technical knockout
March 15, 1985 Randall Cobb LWWWWL Riviera Hotel & Casino, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas Heavyweight

WIN
TD
Feb. 16, 1985 Young Louis WLLLLL Midtown Neighborhood Center, Kingston WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 31, 1984 Mike Jameson WLLLLW Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 23, 1983 Gerrie Coetzee LWWWWD Richfield Coliseum, Richfield World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

LOSS
KO
May 20, 1983 Mike Weaver WWWWWL Dunes Hotel & Casino, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

DRAW
Points
Dec. 10, 1982 Mike Weaver LWWWWW Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
March 20, 1982 Tommy Franco Thomas WWWWWL Playboy Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City NABF Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Jan. 30, 1982 Lynn Ball LWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas NABF Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 6, 1981 George Chaplin WWLDLL Civic Arena, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 9, 1981 Harry Terrell LWWWLL Public Hall, Cleveland WIN
KO
June 12, 1981 John L Gardner WWLWWW Joe Louis Arena, Detroit WIN
KO
March 22, 1981 Randall Cobb WWWWWL Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas WIN
Majority decision
Oct. 2, 1980 Tom Fischer WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
June 28, 1980 Ossie Ocasio WWWLWD San Juan WIN
Technical knockout
April 19, 1980 Ossie Ocasio WWWWLW San Juan DRAW
Split-decision
Feb. 10, 1980 Lucien Rodriguez WLWWWW Convention Center, Miami Beach WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 13, 1980 Earl Tripp LWLWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
KO
Sept. 28, 1979 Jimmy Young WWLLLW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
July 20, 1979 Willie McIntyre WLWWLL Auditorium, West Palm Beach WIN
KO
May 12, 1979 Greg Sorrentino WLLWWW Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas WIN
KO
March 23, 1979 Wendell Bailey WWWWWW Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas Hilton Pavilion, Las Vegas WIN
Split-decision
Dec. 8, 1978 Ira Martin WWLWLL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 27, 1978 Eugene Green WWLWLW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 26, 1978 Terry Mims WWWWWL Convention Center, Miami Beach WIN
Unanimous decision
April 29, 1978 Dan Johnson LLLLLL Forum, Inglewood WIN
Unanimous decision
March 25, 1978 Abdul Khan DLLWL Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
March 3, 1978 George Holden LLLLLL Rif-stadion, Willemstad WIN
KO
April 10, 1977 Ed Turner WWWWLL Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami Beach WIN
Points
March 6, 1977 Charlie Jordan LLLLLL Marion County Institution, Marion WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 29, 1977 Dave Wilson WWW Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami Beach WIN
Points
Jan. 16, 1977 Sergio Rodriguez LLLWLL Aboard USS Lexington, Pensacola WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 15, 1976 Al Byrd LDLWLL Hollywood Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines WIN
Corner retirement