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Heavyweight Champ Pleads Innocent

October 9, 1998

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ An innocent plea was entered Thursday for former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes, accused of attempted murder in the beating of his fiancee.

Dokes was arrested Aug. 31 after his fiancee went to a hospital for treatment of injuries. She told police she was beaten, sexually assaulted and held against her will by Dokes.

Police said the victim suffered several facial fractures and was so severely beaten that her face was unrecognizable.

Dokes was charged with attempted murder, sexual assault and false imprisonment.

Dokes briefly held the WBA heavyweight title in 1982, but his career was derailed by drug arrests and cocaine abuse. He made a comeback and fought for the heavyweight title in 1993, but was stopped by Riddick Bowe in the first round.

He last fought last November, when he weighed 280 pounds for a bout.

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