Michael Dokes vs. Donovan Ruddock

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Razor Ruddock knocks out Michael Dokes.

1990-04-04 : Michael Dokes 240 lbs lost to Donovan Ruddock 230 lbs by TKO at 0:53 in round 4 of 12

  • WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title (2nd defense by Dokes)


  • The WBA ranked Ruddock second at heavyweight and Dokes third.
  • There was a crowd of 12,624 at Madison Square Garden.
  • Phil Berger of the New York Times reported:
When Donovan (Razor) Ruddock let fly three left hands that knocked out Michael Dokes 53 seconds into the fourth round at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, he moved onto center stage of the heavyweight picture. The stunning left-hand volley — a right hand that was part of the finishing sequence did no appreciable damage — sent the 31-year-old Dokes, a former world champion, into unconsciousness and then into thoughts of retirement. But for the 26-year-old Ruddock, who was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, and moved at the age of 11 to Toronto, the punches gave him not only the World Boxing Association Intercontinental heavyweight title, but also the marquee value that had been lacking in a career dating to 1982. The fight was a competitive one until Ruddock caught Dokes with a left hook to the head in the early seconds of the fourth round. The punch — Dokes said he never saw it — sent Dokes reeling backward into a squatting position against the ropes. As Dokes straightened his legs, Ruddock misfired with the right hand but not with the two lefts that followed. When Dokes hit the canvas it was clear to Dr. Barry Jordan, the medical chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, that Dokes was in serious trouble. As Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. started his count, Jordan was rushing through the ring ropes. Dokes passed from brief unconsciousness to lethargy to a responsiveness that satisfied Jordan. But Jordan was concerned enough about Dokes's condition, he said, that he instructed the fighter's assistant trainer, Sterling McPherson, to awaken Dokes every two hours to "make sure he's O.K." Yesterday, Dokes's 92-year-old adviser, Marty Cohen, said: "Michael's fine, and showing no ill effects at all." [1]