Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Michael Dokes, Former Champ, Passes Away at 54

by Michael Marley

Former world heavyweight champion Michael "Dynamite" Dokes, blessed by natural boxing talent but cursed by a wicked addiction to cocaine, died early Sunday morning at his family home in Akron, Ohio.

The ex-WBA champ, who served almost 10 years in a Nevada prison for a horrendous assault on a woman he lived with, was born on Aug. 10, 1958, and died on August 12 at the age of 54. Dokes was battered in recent months by cancer.

Dokes' death was confirmed to me by his lifelong pal and cornerman/adviser Sterling "Mac" McPherson.

A 6-3 gazelle who possessed a 78-inch reach and had delicious footwork, Dokes was more than a slick boxer. He also had a powerful punch and boxing legend Evander Holyfield recently described Dokes as having the swiftest fists he ever faced.

Dokes accomplished more as a gifted amateur than most boxers do in their combined amateur and professional careers.

His overall pro record was 53-6-2 with 34 KOs. Before turning pro, he served notice of his immense ability by going to the finals of the National AAU Tournament at age 15 before losing to future heavyweight champ and Muhammad Ali conqueror Leon Spinks.

He defeated top amateur Marvin Stinson and also lost close decisions to Cuba's Olympic hero Teofilo Stevenson and future heavyweight king Big John Tate. In the 1976 National Golden Gloves competition, Dokes beat both Tate and another future heavyweight champion, Greg Page.

In the pro ranks, Dokes outpointed slickster Jimmy Young and then took the WBA belt by stopping Mike "Hercules" Weaver. Dokes was relieved of the crown when ponderous South African puncher Gerrie Coetzee knocked him out.

In a great 1989, Dokes gave Holyfield a real test before McPherson and referee Richard Steele combined to stop it. After a 1993 Madison Square Garden loss to Razor Ruddock, Dokes' career and personal life turned into chaos.

As a young world champ, Dokes was mentioned as one of the world's best. Though he and fellow champ Larry Holmes were both promoted by Don King, the promoter never sought to match the two men.

A real look at Dokes' career becomes an examination of "what might have been" had he not gone off the deep end with the drug abuse which led to his battering of companion Sandra Cummings and a long prison stint.

A Las Vegas police officer said Dokes assaulted Cummings so badly that it was not possible to recognize her face from her driver's license photo.

This was the same Dokes who presented himself as a gallant gentleman and tossed red roses to female fans upon entering the ring.

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dynamite76 on 08-18-2012

I willl always remember Michael for being a very good fighter at his best.He didn't have the ability of a Greg Page, but had more heart and desire.The drugs definitley helped shorted his life by several years, and from reading…

Comment by MASTER1454 on 08-14-2012

[QUOTE=mrpain81;12424917][QUOTE=MASTER1454;12423630] [I] We are getting off topic. The guy died and it's a tragedy for his family, 54 is way too young for anyone. BTW I didn't post that for laugh, that was the first thing that came to my…

Comment by mrpain81 on 08-13-2012

[QUOTE=MASTER1454;12423630][QUOTE=mrpain81;12423101][I]Guess they shouldn't have mentioned his cocaine addiction or the fact he almost beat girlfriend to death on his obituary.. Like it or not the cocaine addiction was a huge part of his legacy.[/I] It was already mentioned in the…

Comment by lastrealfan on 08-13-2012

Say what you want about him the man could fight. Sad to see fighters die so young.

Comment by MASTER1454 on 08-13-2012

[QUOTE=mrpain81;12423101][I]Guess they shouldn't have mentioned his cocaine addiction or the fact he almost beat girlfriend to death on his obituary.. Like it or not the cocaine addiction was a huge part of his legacy.[/I] It was already mentioned in the…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (30)
Top Headlines Kell Brook Backs Conor Benn To 'Carry The Flag' at Welterweight Joseph Parker Budges: I'll Take 35% To Fight Anthony Joshua Max Ornelas Gets Lopsided Win at WinnaVegas Casino Photos: Julian Williams Beats a Very Game Ishe Smith in Las Vegas Carl Frampton: The Team Can Decide My Next Opponent Gilberto Ramirez: I Must Be Better With Ahmed Than in Hart Fight Eleider Alvarez Gives The Latest on Adonis Stevenson Situation Kovalev Explains Why Leaving Jackson Was The Right Move Frank Warren: Frampton At Windsor Park Coming Next Summer Barker: Wilder Will Have Tough Time With Joshua's Skill Set Video: Julian Williams on Ishe Smith Win, Reacts To Trout, More Photos: Anthony Dirrell Edges Denis Douglin in Tough Bout Video: Austin Trout Talks Canelo-Golovkin, Williams, Hurd, More Video: Trainer Breaks Down Julian Williams Win Over Ishe Smith Bellew: I Can 100% Beat Parker, No Way Can He Deal With Joshua! De La Hoya: I Won't Chase McGregor, The Challenge Was Made! Mike Gavronski Wins WBA Regional Title, Beats Hernandez Oscar Vasquez, Gabriel Flores, Bruno Escalante Win in Reno Bryant Cruz Stops Luna: Micah, Lawson Pick Up Wins Deontay Wilder - From Mild-Mannered To Motormouth Ishe Smith: I Fought My Ass Off, The Judges Saw What They Saw De La Hoya: Canelo vs. Golovkin Rematch Will "Definitely Happen" Julian Williams Wins Tough Decision Over Ishe Smith Julian Williams vs. Ishe Smith - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Lionell Thompson Drops, Shocks Earl Newman With Points Win Tugstsogt Nyambayar Gets Off The Floor, Decisions Dela Torre De La Hoya on McGregor: It Took Mayweather 10, I Only Need 2! Photos: Oscar De La Hoya Foundation Annual Turkey Giveaway Frampton: That Got The Cobwebs Off, Now I Want The Big Guys! Tomasz Adamek Decisions Fred Kassi Over Ten Rounds Carl Frampton Wins Tough Decision Over Horacio Garcia BWAA Announce a Women's Fighter of The Year Award Jerwin Ancajas Batters, Stops Jamie Conlan in Sixth Round Paddy Barnes Breaks Down, Stops Eliecer Quezada Jono Carroll Claims Vacant IBF Regional Belt With TKO Win Alex Dickinson Gets Decision Win on Frampton Card in Belfast Tomasz Adamek vs. Fred Kassi - LIVE Results From Poland Zolani Tete With Brutal Knockout of Gonya in 11 Seconds! Carl Frampton vs. Horacio Garcia - Early Results From Belfast Ishe Smith: I Would Have Fought Julian Williams in Philly
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement