1993-02-06 Riddick Bowe w rsc 1 Michael Dokes, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA/IBF

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1993-02-06 Riddick Bowe w rsc 1 Michael Dokes, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA/IBF. Referee: Joe Santarpia. There was no way on current form that the ageing Dokes (244) should have been given a crack at the champion and when the referee stopped the fight at 2.19 of the first round to save him from taking further punishment the critics were proved right. Bowe (243) opened up with four left jabs before a left-right had Dokes sliding down the ropes to take a standing count that was not even completed before he was allowed back into action. By now it was just a matter of time before Dokes was finished off and after Bowe connected with the left hook and another couple of crunching rights that had the challenger reeling into the ropes the fight came to an end before the latter could do any further damage.