Michael Dokes vs. Mike Weaver (1st meeting)

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1982-12-10 : Michael Dokes 216 lbs beat Mike Weaver 209¾ lbs by TKO at 1:03 in round 1 of 15

Notes

  • Weaver was guaranteed $1.2 million plus 75% of the gate, while Dokes got $400,000.
  • Dokes was a 3-1 favorite.
  • The fight was televised live on HBO.
  • There was a capacity crowd of about 4,500 at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion.
  • When Dokes entered the ring, he threw six red roses to the crowd.
  • Dokes went right at Weaver, a notoriously slow starter, from the opening bell. Twenty seconds into the fight, Dokes staggered Weaver with a left hook and then dropped him with a follow-up hook. Weaver got up quickly and did not appear to be badly hurt. After taking the mandatory eight count, Weaver covered up on the ropes and Dokes went for the knockout. At the 1:03 mark, referee Joey Curtia stopped the fight. The crowd began to boo and then chant "Bullshit! Bullshit!" and "Fix! Fix!" Meanwhile, a brawl broke out in the ring between the two camps. Dokes had demanded the championship belt that Weaver had worn into the ring, and Weaver's brother swiped at Dokes, precipitating the chaos. The brawling camps and the crowd's growing disgruntlement persuaded ring announcer Chuck Hull that it would be best if he didn't announce the TKO, and he left the arena.
  • Curtis was chosen as the referee the morning of the fight at a meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Curtis said they discussed Deuk-Koo Kim at the meeting, the Korean lightweight who died the previous month after a championship fight with Ray Mancini. "Kim was all they stressed at that meeting," he said. "And Kim was always in the back of my head." A day later, Roy Tennison, executive secretary of the commission, said, "I think the ref overreacted because of all the safety talk."
  • Dr. Donald Romeo, the ringside physician, said, "They shouldn't have stopped it. The referee was wrong. Weaver was fine. The fact is he's just a notoriously slow starter."
  • HBO commentator Sugar Ray Leonard said the referee "panicked."
  • The WBA ordered a rematch.

Article

Sports Illustrated - December 20, 1982