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Who Is Curtis Cokes? Wiki, Bio, Age, Height, Birth Sign, Early Life, Career, Titles & Achievements, Marriage & Children, Cause Of Death, Net Worth And Many More Facts You Need To Know


Curtis Cokes was born on June 15, 1937 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He  was a former boxer from Dallas, Texas, United States. Cokes was the world welterweight champion and was famous for his training regimen, which he also imposed on other boxers who trained with him. Curtis Cokes is one of the successful boxers. Curtis has been ranked on the list of those famous people who were born on June 15, 1937. Curtis Cokes is one of the wealthiest boxers born in America.


He was 82 years old.

Birth Sign



173 cm

Early Life

Curtis Cokes could never have come to Dallas if his father, Nathaniel, had not been called to serve in World War II. Her mother, Emma, ​​moved her family, who would grow eight children, from Corsicana to be closer to her relatives. When Nathaniel came home after the war, he worked for a trucking company and supplemented his income as a janitor with the Dallas Times Herald. Curtis, athletic and curious, loved to devour the sports sections his father brought home when work was done. He especially liked reading about Jackie Robinson and boxing stories when detailing great fight strategies. Curtis played baseball and basketball at segregated Booker T. Washington High School and was good enough to earn state honors in both. He played shortstop on a semi-professional baseball team that traveled alongside a second baseman he knew as Chigger Banks, the younger brother of the best baseball player the city has ever produced, Ernie Banks. As the point guard who turned down a basketball scholarship to Morgan State, Cokes would later have a chance to play with the Harlem Roadkings led by the legendary Harlem Globetrotters “clown prince” Goose Tatum. General Director and future Baseball Hall of Fame Satchel Paige, Cokes recalls, had no hesitation in remembering that he had a .45 in his pocket to protect receipts for the barn door.

At 17, Curtis attended a test for the Brooklyn Dodgers at LaGrave Field in Fort Worth. The team invited him to spring training in 1955, but it soon became clear that Cokes was out of reach. The big leagues were too big and strong. Even Harold Reese, the Dodgers’ 5-10 and 160-pound shortstop, better known as Pee Wee, rose above him. Back in Dallas, the disappointed Curtis decided to take up his athletic skills and launch into a sport where he could compete against men of the same size. If the White-only Gold Gloves repeatedly rejected his requests, the Moorland YMCA black branch in downtown Flora Street was more welcoming to his boxing dream. In 1958, a year after graduating from high school, Curtis Cokes made his professional boxing debut in Midland, winning a six-round decision over Manny Gonzalez of Houston. Cokes took home $ 400 for his problems. It was 10 times more than he earned weekly working as a custodian at Taylor Publishing.

Pre Championship Career

On March 24, 1958, he began boxing professionally, defeating another boxer who would later fight for the world title, Manuel González, by a six-round decision. He won eleven fights in a row, including a second match with González, before losing to González in his third fight, on April 27, 1959. His next fight, against Garland Randall on June 18 of the same year, ended in three rounds. not answer. He and Randall had an immediate rematch and on August 27, he knocked out Randall in the first round. He had fourteen additional fights, going 11-2-1 in that span (his only draw was against Kenny Lane, a boxer who twice challenged Carlos Ortiz for the world championship), before facing Luis Rodríguez, another world weight champion. welterweight on September 3. , 1961. He defeated Rodríguez by decision of ten rounds, overtook González in his fourth fight and lost to Rodríguez in his second fight, also on points. He went 13-4 in his next seventeen fights and, after losing by ten round decision to Eddie Pace in Los Angeles, California, on August 27, 1964, he announced his retirement. However, on October 14 of that year, he announced that he would return to boxing.


After winning three fights in a row, he and Gonzalez met for the fifth time, on August 24, 1966, this time for the vacant WBA / WBC welterweight world title in New Orleans. Cokes bested Manuel González to become world welterweight champion. On November 28, 1966, he retained the crown against Jean Josselin of France by a fifteen round decision. Nat Fleischer was one of the judges for that fight. On May 19, 1967, he retained the title with a knockout in the tenth round of Francois Villeiman, and on October 2 he met Charlie Shipes, who was recognized as champion in California. He knocked out Shipes in eight rounds in Oakland. On April 18, 1968, he retained his title with a fifth-round knockout of Willie Ludick, and on October 21, with a fifteen-round decision on Ramón La Cruz.

Post Championship Career

Cokes lost the world welterweight title on April 18, 1969, being knocked out by Mexican Jose Napoles in thirteen rounds, in Los Angeles. On June 29, the couple had a rematch, in the hometown of Naples, Mexico City, Mexico, and Naples repeated their victory, this time by a knockout in the tenth round. Cokes had eleven more fights before retiring, winning seven, losing three and tying one. His last three fights were in South Africa. He retired after a ten-round decision victory against Ezra Mnzinyane on October 5, 1972. Cokes had a record of 62 wins, 14 losses and four draws, with 30 wins by knockout.

After Boxing

Cokes became a coach after retiring. Some of the fighters he has worked with have been Quincy Taylor and Ike Ibeabuchi. Cokes also made a movie appearance in the year of his retirement. He appeared in the 1972 John Huston movie Fat City alongside future Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges and Stacy Keach. [2] In 2003, Cokes was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

World Titles

World titles World Welterweight Champion (1966-69): Cokes had originally won the vacant WBA / WBC title against Manuel González, but later in the year gained universal recognition when he defeated Jean Josselin. Charlie Shipes gained recognition in California as World Champion in 1966, Cokes defeated him in 1967.

Regional Titles

Southern Welterweight Title (United States) (1965-66)

Achievements and recognitions

Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame He is also a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.


He died Friday of heart failure at 82.

Net Worth

Estimated net worth in 2019 $ 1 million – $ 5 million (approx.)

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