=== Former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes dies ===
Akron, OH (Sports Network) - Former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes passed
away on Saturday. He was 54.
The World Boxing Association announced Dokes, known as "Dynamite," died from
He captured the WBA crown on Dec. 10, 1982 when he grabbed a controversial
first-round technical knockout of Mike Weaver. Dokes won that fight after
what many boxing pundits believed was a quick stoppage by referee Joey Curtis.
Dokes retained his belt with a majority draw in a rematch five months later.
Dokes, who had a career record of 53-6-2 with 34 knockouts, lost his belt
after being KOed in the 10th round by Gerrie Coetzee in Sept. 1983. He later
fought and lost to Evander Holyfield in 1989 and also was throttled in a
first-round TKO by Riddick Bowe in his last chance for a title in 1993.
Dokes also was hampered late in his career and after retirement by cocaine and
alcohol abuse. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of
attacking his fiancee. Dokes was released on parole in 2008.
08/13 19:54:40 ET