Michael Dokes

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Michael Dokes
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Statistics
Real name Michael Marshall Doakes
Nickname(s) Dynamite
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 78 in (198 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1958-08-10)August 10, 1958
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Died August 11, 2012(2012-08-11) (aged 54)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 61
Wins 53
Wins by KO 33
Losses 6
Draws 2

Michael Marshall Doakes (August 10, 1958 – August 11, 2012), best known as Michael Dokes, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1976 to 1997, and held the WBA heavyweight title from 1982 to 1983. As an amateur he won a silver medal in the heavyweight division at the 1975 Pan American Games.

Amateur career[edit]

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, 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.

Professional 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 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.[citation needed]

Dokes was knocked out by Donovan 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.

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]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
61 fights 53 wins 6 losses
By knockout 34 5
By decision 19 1
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
61 Loss 53–6–2 United States Paul Phillips TKO 2 (10) Oct 11, 1997 United States Peels Palace, Erlanger, Kentucky, U.S.
60 Loss 53–5–2 United States Louis Monaco PTS 10 Apr 5, 1997 United States Aztlan Theatre, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
59 Win 53–4–2 United States Doug Davis PTS 10 Dec 10, 1996 United States Tempe, Arizona, U.S.
58 Win 52–4–2 Canada Dave Fiddler KO 2 (10) Jul 27, 1996 United States Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, Washington, U.S.
57 Win 51–4–2 United States Dave Slaughter KO 3 Nov 18, 1995 United States Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
56 Loss 50–4–2 United States Riddick Bowe TKO 1 (12), 2:19 Feb 6, 1993 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBA, IBF, and lineal heavyweight titles
55 Win 50–3–2 Canada Barry Forbes UD 10 Oct 27, 1992 United States Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
54 Win 49–3–2 Cuba Jose Ribalta UD 10 Oct 6, 1992 United States Mahi Shrine Temple, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
53 Win 48–3–2 United States Jesse Ferguson UD 10 Jul 28, 1992 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
52 Win 47–3–2 United States Danny Sutton KO 3 (10), 2:54 Apr 16, 1992 United States Paramount Theatre, New York City, New York, U.S.
51 Win 46–3–2 United States Percell Davis RTD 5 (10), 3:00 Mar 21, 1992 United States CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
50 Win 45–3–2 United States Danny Wofford TKO 9 (10), 2:10 Feb 14, 1992 United States The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
49 Win 44–3–2 Canada Danny Stonewalker TKO 6 (10), 2:39 Jan 21, 1992 United States Union Plaza Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
48 Win 43–3–2 United States Tyrone Armstrong KO 4 (10), 1:32 Dec 27, 1991 United States Union Plaza Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
47 Win 42–3–2 United States John Morton PTS 8 Nov 29, 1991 United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
46 Loss 41–3–2 Canada Donovan Ruddock TKO 4 (12), 0:53 Apr 4, 1990 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title
45 Win 41–2–2 Argentina Jorge Alfredo Dascola TKO 11 (12), 1:05 Feb 5, 1990 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title
44 Win 40–2–2 United States Lionel Washington TKO 8 (12), 0:49 Nov 13, 1989 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title
43 Loss 39–2–2 United States Wesley Watson TKO 3 (10), 2:25 Aug 24, 1989 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
42 Win 37–1–2 United States Bobby Crabtree KO 1 (10), 1:46 Jul 13, 1989 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
41 Loss 36–2–2 United States Evander Holyfield TKO 10 (12), 1:41 Mar 11, 1989 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
40 Win 36–1–2 United States Rocky Sekorski UD 12 Dec 9, 1988 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
39 Win 35–1–2 United States Curtis Isaac TKO 4 (10), 2:21 Oct 27, 1988 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
38 Win 34–1–2 Brazil Manoel De Almeida RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Jul 28, 1988 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
37 Win 33–1–2 United States Andrew Stokes TKO 1 (10), 2:58 Jun 27, 1988 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
36 Win 32–1–2 United States James Pritchard TKO 7 (12), 2:32 Apr 28, 1988 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
35 Win 31–1–2 United States Eddie Richardson TKO 10 (10), 2:15 Feb 24, 1988 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
34 Win 30–1–2 Canada Ken Lakusta TKO 7 (10), 2:52 Jan 22, 1988 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
33 Win 29–1–2 United States Kevin Porter TKO 5 (10), 0:25 Dec 17, 1987 United States Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
32 Win 28–1–2 United States Randall Cobb TD 4 (12), 1:03 Mar 15, 1985 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title;
Majority TD after Dokes sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
31 Win 27–1–2 United States Young Louis TKO 2 (10), 2:29 Feb 16, 1985 United States Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center, Kingston, New York, U.S.
30 Win 26–1–2 United States Mike Jameson UD 10 Aug 31, 1984 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
29 Loss 25–1–2 South Africa Gerrie Coetzee KO 10 (15), 3:08 Sep 23, 1983 United States Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, U.S. Lost WBA heavyweight title
28 Draw 25–0–2 United States Mike Weaver MD 15 May 20, 1983 United States Dunes, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA heavyweight title
27 Win 25–0–1 United States Mike Weaver TKO 1 (15), 1:03 Dec 10, 1982 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA heavyweight title
26 Win 24–0–1 United States Tommy Franco Thomas KO 5 (12), 1:33 Mar 20, 1982 United States Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained NABF heavyweight title
25 Win 23–0–1 United States Lynn Ball TKO 1 (12), 2:56 Jan 30, 1982 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won NABF heavyweight title
24 Win 22–0–1 United States George Chaplin UD 10 Nov 6, 1981 United States Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
23 Win 21–0–1 United States Harry Terrell KO 1 (10), 1:25 Aug 9, 1981 United States Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
22 Win 20–0–1 United Kingdom John L. Gardner KO 4 (10), 1:54 Jun 12, 1981 United States Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
21 Win 19–0–1 United States Randall Cobb MD 10 Mar 22, 1981 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
20 Win 18–0–1 United States Tom Fischer TKO 7 (10), 1:17 Oct 2, 1980 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
19 Win 18–0–1 Puerto Rico Ossie Ocasio TKO 1 (10), 2:33 Jun 27, 1980 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
18 Draw 17–0–1 Puerto Rico Ossie Ocasio SD 10 Apr 19, 1980 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
17 Win 17–0 France Lucien Rodriguez UD 10 Feb 10, 1980 United States Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Earl Tripp KO 1 (10), 2:59 Jan 13, 1980 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States Jimmy Young UD 10 Sep 28, 1979 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Willie McIntyre KO 2 (10), 2:56 Jul 20, 1979 United States Auditorium, West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Greg Sorrentino KO 3 (10) May 12, 1979 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Wendell Bailey SD 10 Mar 23, 1979 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Ira Martin TKO 8 (8), 1:51 Dec 8, 1978 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Eugene Green UD 8 Oct 27, 1978 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Terry Mims UD 8 Sep 26, 1978 United States Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Dan Johnson UD 6 Apr 29, 1978 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Abdul Khan UD 8 Mar 25, 1978 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States George Holden KO 2 (8) Mar 3, 1978 Netherlands Antilles Rif Stadion, Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
5 Win 5–0 United States Ed Turner PTS 6 Apr 10, 1977 United States Fontainbleau, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Charlie Jordan TKO 3 (4) Mar 6, 1977 United States Correctional Facility, Marion, Ohio, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Dave Wilson PTS 4 Jan 29, 1977 United States Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Haiti Sergio Rodriguez TKO 2 Jan 16, 1977 United States USS Lexington (CV-16), Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Al Byrd RTD 2 (4), 3:00 Oct 15, 1976 United States Hollywood Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S. Professional debut

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Previous:
Dwain Bonds
U.S. heavyweight champion
1975
Next:
Marvin Stinson
Previous:
Emory Chapman
U.S. Golden Gloves heavyweight champion
1976
Next:
James Clark
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Lynn Ball
NABF heavyweight champion
January 30, 1982 – December 1982
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Tim Witherspoon
Vacant
Title last held by
Bernardo Mercado
WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champion
March 15, 1985 – December 1985
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Leon Spinks
Vacant
Title last held by
Leon Spinks
WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champion
April 28, 1988 – March 11, 1989
Succeeded by
Evander Holyfield
New title WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
November 13, 1989 – April 4, 1990
Succeeded by
Donovan Ruddock
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Mike Weaver
WBA heavyweight champion
December 10, 1982 – September 23, 1983
Succeeded by
Gerrie Coetzee
Awards
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Frankie Duarte
The Ring Comeback of the Year
1988
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Roberto Durán