Curtis Cokes

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Class of 2003
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Curtis Cokes
Born: 1937-06-15
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA
Hometown: Dallas, Texas, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 8″   /   173cm
Reach: 73″   /   185cm
Boxing Record: click

Manager: Robert Smith

World Titles

World Welterweight Champion (1966-69): Cokes had originally won the vacant WBA/WBC title against Manuel Gonzalez, but later in the year won universal recognition when he defeated Jean Josselin. Charlie Shipes won recognition in California as World Champion in 1966, Cokes defeated him in 1967.

Regional Titles

Southern (United States) welterweight title (1965-66)

Achievements and Recognition

Post Boxing Career

Became a trainer in Dallas, TX, after his career was over. Notables trained include: Ike Ibeabuchi, Kirk Johnson, and Quincy Taylor. Acted in John Houston's boxing movie "Fat City" (1972), playing a non-boxer and having important scenes with Stacy Keach and Susan Tyrell.


Preceded by:
Emile Griffith
Vacated
WBA Welterweight Champion
1966 Aug 24 – 1969 Apr 18
Succeeded by:
Jose Napoles
Preceded by:
Emile Griffith
Vacated
WBC Welterweight Champion
1966 Aug 24 – 1969 Apr 18
Succeeded by:
Jose Napoles