|Real name||Michael Dokes|
August 10, 1958|
|Died||August 11, 2012
|Wins by KO||33|
Michael Marshall Dokes (August 10, 1958 – August 11, 2012) was an American boxer, nicknamed "Dynamite." Dokes is a former WBA heavyweight champion, and holds notable wins over Jimmy Young, Ossie Ocasio, Randall Cobb, Mike Weaver and Jesse Ferguson.
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.
- 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.
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'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.
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.
Dokes was named The Ring magazine Comeback of the Year fighter for 1988.
Professional boxing record
|53 Wins (34 knockouts, 19 decisions), 6 Losses (5 knockouts, 1 decision), 2 Draws |
|Loss||53–6–1||Paul "Rocky" Phillips||TKO||2||11/10/1997||Erlanger, Kentucky, United States|
|Loss||53–5–1||Louis "The Facelifter" Monaco||PTS||10||05/04/1997||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||53–4–1||Doug "Dig-em-Up" Davis||PTS||10||10/12/1996||Tempe, Arizona, United States|
|Win||52–4–1||Dave Fiddler||KO||2||27/07/1996||Rochester, Washington, United States|
|Win||51–4–1||Dave Slaughter||KO||3||18/11/1995||Aurora, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||50–4–1||Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe||TKO||1||06/02/1993||New York City, United States||IBF/WBA World Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:19 of the first round.|
|Win||50–3–1||Barry Forbes||UD||10||27/10/1992||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||49–3–1||Jose "El Nino" Ribalta||SD||10||06/10/1992||Miami Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||48–3–1||Jesse "The Boogieman" Ferguson||UD||10||28/07/1992||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||99-90, 98-91, 97-92.|
|Win||47–3–1||Danny "Smiley" Sutton||KO||3||16/04/1992||New York City, United States|
|Win||46–3–1||Percell "Magic" Davis||RTD||5||21/03/1992||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Davis did not come out for the sixth round.|
|Win||45–3–1||Danny Wofford||TKO||9||14/02/1992||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||44–3–1||Danny Stonewalker||TKO||6||21/01/1992||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:39 of the sixth round.|
|Win||43–3–1||Tyrone Armstrong||KO||4||27/12/1991||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Armstrong knocked out at 1:32 of the fourth round.|
|Win||42–3–1||John "Big Red" Morton||PTS||8||29/11/1991||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||41–3–1||Donovan "Razor" Ruddock||TKO||4||04/04/1990||New York City, United States||WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:53 of the fourth round.|
|Win||41–2–1||Jorge Alfredo "El Gringo" Dascola||TKO||11||05/02/1990||Inglewood, California, United States||WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:05 of the 11th round.|
|Win||40–2–1||Lionel Washington||TKO||8||13/11/1989||Inglewood, California, United States||WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:49 of the eighth round.|
|Win||39–2–1||Wesley Watson||TKO||3||24/08/1989||New York City, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:25 of the third round.|
|Win||38–2–1||Bobby Crabtree||KO||1||13/07/1989||New York City, United States|
|Loss||37–2–1||Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield||TKO||10||11/03/1989||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:41 of the 10th round.|
|Win||37–1–1||Rocky Sekorski||UD||12||09/12/1988||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title. 120-106, 120-107, 120-106.|
|Win||36–1–1||Curtis "Coffee Man" Isaac||TKO||4||27/10/1988||New York City, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:21 of the fourth round.|
|Win||35–1–1||Manoel De Almeida||TKO||4||28/07/1988||New York City, United States|
|Win||34–1–1||Andrew Stokes||TKO||1||27/06/1988||New York City, United States|
|Win||33–1–1||James Pritchard||TKO||7||28/04/1988||New York City, United States||WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||32–1–1||Eddie Richardson||TKO||10||24/02/1988||New York City, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:15 of the tenth round.|
|Win||31–1–1||Ken Lakusta||TKO||7||22/01/1988||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the seventh round.|
|Win||30–1–1||Kevin "K.P." Porter||TKO||5||17/12/1987||New York City, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 0:25 of the fifth round.|
|Win||29–1–1||Randall "Tex" Cobb||TD||4||15/03/1985||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||28–1–1||Young "Joe" Louis||TKO||2||16/02/1985||Kingston, New York, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:29 of the second round.|
|Win||27–1–1||Mike Jameson||UD||10||31/08/1984||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||99-91, 98-92, 98-92.|
|Loss||26–1–1||Gerrie Coetzee||TKO||10||23/09/1983||Richfield, Ohio, United States||WBA World Heavyweight Title. Dokes knocked out at 3:08 of the tenth round.|
|Draw||26–0–1||Mike "Hercules" Weaver||PTS||15||20/05/1983||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBA World Heavyweight Title. 143-143, 144-144, 145-141.|
|Win||26–0||Mike "Hercules" Weaver||TKO||1||10/12/1982||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBA World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:03 of the first round.|
|Win||25–0||Tommy Franco Thomas||KO||5||20/03/1982||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||NABF Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||24–0||Lynn "Bullet" Ball||TKO||1||30/01/1982||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||NABF Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:56 of the first round.|
|Win||23–0||George Chaplin||UD||10||06/11/1981||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||22–0||Harry Terrell||KO||1||09/08/1981||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Win||21–0||John Lewis Gardner||KO||4||12/06/1981||Detroit, Michigan, United States||Gardner knocked out at 1:54 of the fourth round.|
|Win||20–0||Randall "Tex" Cobb||MD||10||22/03/1981||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||95-95, 96-94, 97-94.|
|Win||19–0||Tom "Roughhouse" Fischer||TKO||7||02/10/1980||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the seventh round.|
|Win||18–0||Ossie "Jaws" Ocasio||TKO||1||27/06/1980||San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:33 of the first round.|
|Win||17–0||Lucien Rodriguez||UD||10||10/02/1980||Miami Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||16–0||Earl Tripp||KO||1||13/01/1980||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–0||Jimmy Young||UD||10||28/09/1979||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–0||Willie McIntyre||KO||2||20/07/1979||West Palm Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||13–0||Greg Sorrentino||KO||3||12/05/1979||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–0||Wendell Bailey||SD||10||23/03/1979||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–0||Ira Martin||TKO||8||08/12/1978||New York City, United States|
|Win||10–0||Eugene Green||PTS||8||27/10/1978||New York City, United States|
|Win||9–0||Terry Mims||UD||8||26/09/1978||Miami Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||8–0||Dan Johnson||UD||6||29/04/1978||Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||7–0||Abdul "Mel Rush" Khan||UD||8||25/03/1978||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0||George "Moonport Mauler" Holden||KO||3||03/03/1978||Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles|
|Win||5–0||"Savage" Ed Turner||PTS||6||10/04/1977||Miami Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||4–0||Charlie "Big Tuna" Jordan||TKO||3||06/03/1977||Marion, Ohio, United States|
|Win||3–0||Dave "Doc" Wilson||PTS||4||29/01/1977||Miami Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||2–0||Sergio Rodriguez||TKO||2||16/01/1977||Pensacola, Florida, United States|
|Win||1–0||Al "Hoss" Byrd||TK0||2||15/10/1976||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
Life after boxing
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. Dokes died of liver cancer at a hospice in Akron in August 2012 – a day after his 54th birthday.
|United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
Title last held byLeroy Jones
|NABF Heavyweight Champion
30 January 1982 - 10 December 1982
|Heavyweight boxing champion (WBA)
Title last held byLeon Spinks
|WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion
28 April 1988 - 11 March 1989
|New title||WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
13 November 1989 - 4 April 1990