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In this Aug. 2101 file photo Boxer Michael Dokes sits in the living room at the home of Archie Seals in Akron, Ohio. Dokes (whose picture is on the TV in the background) is being inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
Michael Dokes' time as heavyweight champion was short, but the end was anything but sweet. Dokes was jumping for joy (left) when he scored a TKO over Mike Weaver in their battle for the world Boxing Association title in 1982. However, barely 10 months later, Dokes (above) was beaten into submission by Gerrie Coetzee at the Coliseum. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
Michael Dokes works out during his days at the top of the heavyweight division in the early 1980s. Dokes won a title in 1982, lost it in 1983. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
Michael Dokes always had a flair about him. Whether he was on the way up or after his career started downhill. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
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