DALLAS -- Curtis Cokes, the Hall of Fame welterweight who became Dallas' first world champion in 1966, has died. He was 82.
Cokes took the World Boxing Association welterweight title in 1966 belt with a unanimous decision over Manny Gonzalez in New Orleans and added the World Boxing Council crown three months later with a unanimous decision over Jean Josselin at Dallas' Memorial Auditorium.
Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003, the 5-foot-8 Cokes fought 80 times from 1958 to 1972, finishing 62-14-4 with 30 knockouts.
He later trained fighters at his gym.
Cokes starred in basketball and baseball at Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School.