Michael Dokes vs. Gerrie Coetzee

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Gerrie Coetzee 215 lbs beat Michael Dokes 217 lbs by KO at 3:08 in round 10 of 15


  • Dokes was a 5-1 favorite.
  • There was a crowd of about 7,000 at the Richmond Coliseum, which was about ten miles from Dokes' hometown of Akron.
  • About 15 people protesting Apartheid in South Africa, Coetzee's home country, distributed leaflets to fans as they arrived for the fight.
  • Dokes was dropped to one knee in the fifth round by a right.
  • A right dropped Dokes two seconds before the end of the tenth round, and he was counted out.
  • Named The Ring magazine Upset of the Year for 1983.
  • Dokes later told Sports Illustrated that he trained for the Coetzee fight on Jack Daniel's and cocaine.