Michael Dokes

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Michael Dokes
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Real name Michael Dokes
Nickname(s) Dynamite
Rated at Heavyweight
Nationality American
Born (1958-08-10)August 10, 1958
Akron, Ohio
Died August 11, 2012(2012-08-11) (aged 54)
Akron, Ohio
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 61
Wins 53
Wins by KO 33
Losses 6
Draws 2
No contests 0

Michael Marshall Dokes (August 10, 1958 – August 11, 2012) was a former American boxer in the heavyweight division, nicknamed "Dynamite." He briefly held the WBA version of the world title in the early 1980s.

Amateur career[edit]

Dokes won a silver medal at the 1975 Pan American Games. He lost a 3-2 split decision to Teófilo Stevenson in the finals. He also lost a close decision to John Tate in the Olympic Trials, after which he turned professional.

Amateur accomplishments[edit]

  • 1975 National AAU Heavyweight Champion
  • 1976 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion, beating future pro champs John Tate and Greg Page en route.
  • As an underage 15 year old, made it to the finals of both the 1974 National Golden Gloves and the National AAU tournaments.He lost to Leon Spinks in AAU final, and future Tyson trainer Bobby Stewart in the Golden Gloves final.
  • Won 1974 North American championships.
  • Beat Marvin Stinson, who won the 1976 National AAU Heavyweight Championship.

Pro career[edit]

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.[1] 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. A rematch was ordered due to the controversial nature of referee Joey Curtis's stoppage, which some felt was premature. In the rematch, Dokes retained his title on a majority draw.

Dokes's reign as the WBA title holder was short-lived. He lost his title by a tenth round knockout to Gerrie Coetzee. He was later knocked out by future champion Evander Holyfield in a fight which was called the "Heavyweight Fight of the Year" in 1989, and the "Heavyweight Fight of the Decade" for the 1980s.[citation needed]

Dokes was knocked out by Razor Ruddock in 1990. In 1993, Dokes faced newly crowned heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe in his first title defense since defeating Evander Holyfield. Bowe won by TKO in the first round. Although Dokes and his team protested that the fight was stopped prematurely, it was obvious that Dokes was in no condition to continue after taking a vicious barrage of punches from the heavy hitting Bowe. After a nearly three year hiatus, Dokes returned to the ring winning 3 out 5 matches over a two year period before retiring for good in 1997.

Honors[edit]

Dokes was named The Ring magazine Comeback of the Year fighter for 1988.

Professional boxing record[edit]

53 Wins (34 knockouts, 19 decisions), 6 Losses (5 knockouts, 1 decision), 2 Draws [3]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 19-3 United States Paul "Rocky" Phillips TKO 2 11/10/1997 Kentucky Erlanger, Kentucky, United States
Loss 5-6-2 United States Louis "The Facelifter" Monaco PTS 10 05/04/1997 Colorado Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 8-20-1 United States Doug "Dig-em-Up" Davis PTS 10 10/12/1996 Arizona Tempe, Arizona, United States
Win 15-19-2 Canada Dave Fiddler KO 2 27/07/1996 Washington (state) Rochester, Washington, United States
Win 5-18-1 United States Dave Slaughter KO 3 18/11/1995 Colorado Aurora, Colorado, United States
Loss 32-0 United States Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe TKO 1 06/02/1993 New York New York City, United States IBF/WBA World Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:19 of the first round.
Win 7-4-2 Canada Barry Forbes UD 10 27/10/1992 Arizona Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 31-8-1 Cuba Jose "El Nino" Ribalta SD 10 06/10/1992 Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 18-7 United States Jesse "The Boogieman" Ferguson UD 10 28/07/1992 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 99-90, 98-91, 97-92.
Win 29-17 United States Danny "Smiley" Sutton KO 3 16/04/1992 New York New York City, United States
Win 14-12 United States Percell "Magic" Davis RTD 5 21/03/1992 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States Davis did not come out for the sixth round.
Win 11-16-2 United States Danny Wofford TKO 9 14/02/1992 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12-6-2 Canada Danny Stonewalker TKO 6 21/01/1992 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:39 of the sixth round.
Win 5-3 United States Tyrone Armstrong KO 4 27/12/1991 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Armstrong knocked out at 1:32 of the fourth round.
Win 10-18 United States John "Big Red" Morton PTS 8 29/11/1991 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 22-1-1 Canada Donovan "Razor" Ruddock TKO 4 04/04/1990 New York New York City, United States WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:53 of the fourth round.
Win 14-2 Argentina Jorge Alfredo "El Gringo" Dascola TKO 11 05/02/1990 California Inglewood, California, United States WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:05 of the 11th round.
Win 10-5 United States Lionel Washington TKO 8 13/11/1989 California Inglewood, California, United States WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:49 of the eighth round.
Win 15-1 United States Wesley Watson TKO 3 24/08/1989 New York New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:25 of the third round.
Win 35-20-1 United States Bobby Crabtree KO 1 13/07/1989 New York New York City, United States
Loss 20-0 United States Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield TKO 10 11/03/1989 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:41 of the tenth round.
Win 22-8 United States Rocky Sekorski UD 12 09/12/1988 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title. 120-106, 120-107, 120-106.
Win 12-6 United States Curtis "Coffee Man" Isaac TKO 4 27/10/1988 New York New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:21 of the fourth round.
Win 4-7-1 Brazil Manoel De Almeida TKO 4 28/07/1988 New York New York City, United States
Win 10-4-1 United States Andrew Stokes TKO 1 27/06/1988 New York New York City, United States
Win 18-1-1 United States James Pritchard TKO 7 28/04/1988 New York New York City, United States WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title.
Win 13-10 United States Eddie Richardson TKO 10 24/02/1988 New York New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:15 of the tenth round.
Win 16-11 Canada Ken Lakusta TKO 7 22/01/1988 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the seventh round.
Win 13-5-1 United States Kevin "K.P." Porter TKO 5 17/12/1987 New York New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:25 of the fifth round.
Win 24-4 United States Randall "Tex" Cobb TD 4 15/03/1985 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:03 of the fourth round due to an accidental foul. 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.
Win 14-8 United States Young "Playboy" Louis TKO 2 16/02/1985 New York Kingston, New York, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:29 of the second round.
Win 12-7 United States Mike Jameson UD 10 31/08/1984 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 99-91, 98-92, 98-92.
Loss 28-3-1 South Africa Gerrie "The Bionic Hand" Coetzee KO 10 23/09/1983 Ohio Richfield, Ohio, United States WBA World Heavyweight Title. Dokes knocked out at 3:08 of the tenth round.
Draw 24-10 United States Mike "Hercules" Weaver PTS 15 20/05/1983 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBA World Heavyweight Title. 143-143, 144-144, 145-141.
Win 24-9 United States Mike "Hercules" Weaver TKO 1 10/12/1982 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBA World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:03 of the first round.
Win 24-3 United States Tommy Franco Thomas KO 5 20/03/1982 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States NABF Heavyweight Title.
Win 18-5 United States Lynn "Bullet" Ball TKO 1 30/01/1982 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States NABF Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:56 of the first round.
Win 16-4-2 United States George Chaplin 10 06/11/1981 Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 15-10 United States Harry Terrell KO 1 09/08/1981 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 33-2 United Kingdom John Lewis Gardner KO 4 12/06/1981 Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States Gardner knocked out at 1:54 of the fourth round.
Win 17-1 United States Randall "Tex" Cobb MD 10 22/03/1981 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 95-95, 96-94, 97-94.
Win 28-4 United States Tom "Roughhouse" Fischer TKO 7 02/10/1980 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the seventh round.
Win 14-1-1 Puerto Rico Ossie "Jaws" Ocasio TKO 1 27/06/1980 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:33 of the first round.
Draw 14-0 Puerto Rico Ossie "Jaws" Ocasio PTS 10 22/04/1980 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 24-6 France Lucien Rodriguez UD 10 10/02/1980 Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 13-3 United States Earl Tripp KO 1 13/01/1980 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 23-8-2 United States Jimmy Young UD 10 28/09/1979 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14-14-5 United States Willie McIntyre KO 2 20/07/1979 Florida West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Win 15-4-1 United States Greg Sorrentino KO 3 12/05/1979 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13-0 United States Wendell Bailey SD 10 23/03/1979 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10-3 United States Ira Martin TKO 8 08/12/1978 New York New York City, United States
Win 4-2-1 United States Eugene Green PTS 8 27/10/1978 New York New York City, United States
Win 7-1 United States Terry Mims UD 8 26/09/1978 Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 3-13 United States Dan Johnson UD 6 29/04/1978 California Inglewood, California, United States
Win 0-2-1 United States Abdul Khan UD 8 25/03/1978 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14-28-3 United States George "Moonport Mauler" Holden KO 3 03/03/1978 Netherlands Antilles Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Win 18-7-1 United States "Savage" Ed Turner PTS 6 10/04/1977 Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 13-32-2 United States Charlie "Big Tuna" Jordan TKO 3 06/03/1977 Ohio Marion, Ohio, United States
Win 3-0 United States Dave "Doc" Wilson PTS 4 29/01/1977 Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 5-6 Haiti Sergio Rodriguez TKO 2 16/01/1977 Florida Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 1-6-1 United States Al "Hoss" Byrd TKO 2 15/10/1976 Florida Hollywood, Florida, United States

Life after boxing[edit]

In 1999 Dokes was sentenced to between four and 15 years in prison after being convicted of an attack on his fiancee in August 1998. Late in 2008, Dokes was released on parole.[2] Dokes died of liver cancer at a hospice in Akron in August 2012 – a day after his 54th birthday.[3][4]

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Achievements
Preceded by
Dwain Bonds
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
1975
Succeeded by
Marvin Stinson
Vacant
Title last held by
Leroy Jones
NABF Heavyweight Champion
30 January 1982 - 10 December 1982
Vacated
Succeeded by
Tim Witherspoon
Preceded by
Mike Weaver
Heavyweight boxing champion (WBA)
1982–1983
Succeeded by
Gerrie Coetzee
Vacant
Title last held by
Leon Spinks
WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion
28 April 1988 - 11 March 1989
Succeeded by
Evander Holyfield
New title WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
13 November 1989 - 4 April 1990
Succeeded by
Razor Ruddock