Curtis Cokes

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Name: Curtis Cokes
Hometown: Dallas, Texas, USA
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA
Died: 2020-05-29 (Age:82)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 173cm
Reach: 185cm
Pro Boxer: Record

Amateur background

Cokes never had any amateur fights.

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.


Cokes had signed to defend his welterweight title in Dallas on July 24, 1967 against Gypsy Joe Harris of Philadelphia and showed up at the morning weigh-in hitting the beam at 147 even. Harris, who had beaten Cokes in a non-title bout on March 31st of that year, failed to show up at the weigh-in claiming he overslept and missed his flight from Philadelphia to Dallas. He then proceeded to explain he was overweight, regardless. However, the entire promotion was embroiled in financial controversy to begin with. Cokes' management claimed Ken Hayles, the promoter behind the promotional group The Greater Dallas Sports Association, still owed Cokes app. $20,000 from their previous title bout against Francois Pavilla. However, Hayles claimed he actually overpaid Cokes because the contract stipulated that Cokes could receive up to $35,000 or 40% of the gate. Hayles claimed the promotion took in only $23,000, and that he had paid Cokes $15,000. The card on July 24, 1967 was cancelled and in a hearing Hayles had his promotional license suspended, before Hayles elected to no longer pursue boxing promotions.

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