Former WBA heavyweight champion Michael Dokes dies | Boxing
Ex-heavyweight champion Michael Dokes died at 54.
Former champ Dokes dies
Michael Dokes, a former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion, died Saturday in Akron, Ohio. He was 54.
The Akron Beacon Journal reported Dokes died in a hospice from liver cancer.
Dokes won the heavyweight title at 24 in December 1982, when referee Joey Curtis made a controversial decision to stop his fight against champion Mike Weaver. Dokes dominated the first round over Weaver, prompting Curtis' decision.
An admitted problem with cocaine was a factor as Dokes lost the WBA title nine months later to Gerrie Coetzee. Dokes never held the heavyweight crown again.
Known as "Dynamite" Dokes because he packed a powerful punch, he had a career record of 53-6-2.
Dokes returned for one last shot at the big time, getting a February 1993 opportunity at the heavyweight title against Riddick Bowe in New York. He earned $750,000 but didn't last long, getting knocked out by Bowe in the first round at Madison Square Garden.
Dokes last fought in November 1997, when he weighed 280 pounds.
In 1986, Dokes was arrested in Las Vegas for cocaine trafficking and served two years' probation.
In 2000, he was sentenced to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping and intent to commit sexual assault against his girlfriend. She was held against her will for six hours in the home they shared.
He was released in 2008.
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League commissioner Gary Bettman said he is interested to see what the union has to offer, but declined to speculate what might be included.
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Deputies arrived and said they found Miller naked on a couch.
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