L.A. spies report Marty Cohen, the 92-year-old manager of Michael Dokes, was furious with an overweight Dokes' lethargic performance against Lionel Washington Monday night. Dokes, who weighed 253 1/2, stopped Washington in the eighth, but was cut badly in two places and dropped in the seventh. According to earwitnesses, Cohen, whom Dokes calls "Popsy," told Dokes, "I won't let you fight again if you ever get this out of shape." Luckily for Dokes, his poor effort was seen only on L.A.'s Prime Ticket cable network. Otherwise he may have lost all hope for a shot at Tyson.
It was lights, camera, distraction for Tommy Morrison Tuesday night in West Orange, N.J. Morrison, the 20-0 heavyweight who is John Wayne's grandnephew, agreed to allow Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young and Co. to invade his dressing room and corner before and after his bout with Lorenzo Canady at the South Mountain Arena to film scenes to be used in "Rocky V," Stallone's next excursion into phony pugilism in which Morrison will co-star as Stallone's protege.
The whole thing turned into a giant pain for Morrison when 25 Hollywood types crowded his dressing room before the bout, disrupting his prefight concentration. As a result, Morrison turned in a subpar performance against Canady, suffering a cut under his right eye and getting nailed repeatedly by a fighter who was stopped in less than a minute by Tyson in 1985.