Michael Dokes

Michael Marshall Dokes (born August 10, 1958, in Akron, Ohio) is a former American boxer in the heavyweight division, nicknamed "Dynamite."

Amateur career

Dokes won a silver medal at the 1975 Pan American Games. He lost a 3-2 split decision to Teofilio Stevenson in the finals. He also lost a close decision to John Tate in the Olympic Trials, which caused him to turn pro.

Amateur Accomplishments

  • 1975 National AAU Heavyweight Champion
  • 1976 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion, beating future pro champs John Tate and Gregory 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.

Pro career

Dokes turned professional in 1976 and first came to prominence in 1979 when he defeated veteran contender Jimmy Young. He became briefly sidelined by a draw with Ossie Ocasio, but returned to knock out Ocasio in one round a couple months later. 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.

He was knocked out by Razor Ruddock in 1990 but received a title shot against Riddick Bowe who knocked him in one round in 1993. He retired in 1997.


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

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.


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