Dokes was a great amateur, compiling a record of 147-7, including victories over future heavyweight champ John Tate and Greg Page and a narrow loss to Cuban great Teˇfilo Stevenson at the 1975 Pan American Games.
Dokes ended his pro career - which began in 1976 and ended in 1997 - with a record of 53-6-2 (34 KOs). Dokes scored a pair of decision victories over Randall "Tex" Cobb and lost to Evander Holyfield, Donovan "Razor" Ruddock and Riddick Bowe. The Holyfield bout is a classic -- if you've never seen it, definitely check it out.
In 2000, Dokes was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping and intent to commit sexual assault against Sandra Kaye Cummings, his girlfriend of more than nine years. He was paroled in 2008.
Michael Dokes, Larger-Than-Life Heavyweight Boxer, Dies at 54 - Douglas Martin, NYTimes.com