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Former champion Dokes dies

2012-08-14 11:58
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Cape Town - Former WBA heavyweight champion Michael Dokes has died of liver cancer. He was 54.

According to the BBC website, Dokes, who won the heavyweight title against Mike Weaver in December 1982, passed away on Saturday in Akron, Ohio.

Dokes had battled with cocaine addiction throughout his career, as well as serving eight years in prison.

Dokes, who turned professional in 1976, took the WBA heavyweight title in 1982 in controversial circumstances after referee Joey Curtis stopped his fight with Mike Weaver in the first round.

Dokes drew the rematch with Weaver and retained the title before relinquishing it to South Africa's Gerrie Coetzee in September 1983.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2000 after pleading guilty to attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping and intent to commit sexual assault against his girlfriend, and was released in 2008.

 

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