The American won the WBA version of the title in 1982 when he defeated Mike Weaver and then lost it to South Africa's Gerrie Coetzee a year later.
He went on to fight Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe but never held a world title again.
Dokes retired in 1997 with a professional record of 53 wins, six defeats and two draws.
He spent eight years in prison from 2000-08 after pleading guilty to attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping and intent to commit sexual assault against his girlfriend.
- Mike Weaver
- Evander Holyfield
- Gerrie Coetzee
- Riddick Bowe