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Encyclopedia > Leonard Dorin

Leonard Dorin Doroftei (b. April 10, 1970), a.k.a. Leonard Dorin, is a Romanian boxer, WBA lightweight world champion from January 5, 2002 to October 24 , 2003.


Born in Ploieşti, Romania, Doroftei began boxing at the age of 14 at the Prahova Ploieşti boxing club. From 1986 to 1988 he won every Romanian national junior title. He went on to win five national senior titles in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, and 1997. He won bronze medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, he was declared World Champion in 1995 and European Champion in 1996 and 1997. His record as an amateur was 239 victories and 15 defeats.


In 1997 Doroftei became a professional boxer, signing with the Canadian club Interbox. On January 5, 2002 he won the WBA world lightweight title, winning in a split decision over Argentinian boxer Raul Horacio Balbi 112-115, 114-113, 115-112. On May 31, the two fought again in Bucharest; this second fight was a unanimous decision for Doroftei, 118-111, 117-112 and 118-110.


A lightweight title unification bout May 17, 2003 with American boxer Paul Spadafora, the IBF champion, ended in a draw, 114-114, 115-113, 114-115.


On October 24, 2003, Doroftei was to fight a match against Panamanian boxer Miguel Callist. Doroftei had already announced that this would be his last professional match regardless of the result. As it turned out, the match was cancelled after Doroftei exceeded the maximum weight for lightweights at the weigh-in: he was 1.915 kg over the 61.235kg (135lb) weight limit, so he lost his WBA title.


On July 24 of 2004, Doroftei lost his undefeated mark when he tried to get the interim WBC title, getting knocked out in two rounds by Arturo Gatti.


His record consists of 22 wins, 1 loss and one draw, with 8 knockout wins.


External link

  • Leonard Doroftei official website (http://www.leonarddoroftei.ro)

  Results from FactBites:
 
Paul Spadafora vs. Leonard Dorin (May 17, 2003) (1399 words)
Spadafora ripped a brutal slice over Dorin's right eye in the 3rd, and by the end of the contest both of the warriors were splattered by each other's blood and the sky blue canvas was littered with the remnants of combat.
Dorin continued to take the fight to Spadafora in the fourth and fifth rounds by getting inside the taller man's reach and forcing the IBF champ to box at a furious pace.
Dorin remained on target early and drilled Spadafora with a brisk right-left combination followed by two stiff jabs with 2:40 to go in the final round.
Boxing News : Spadafora, Dorin Show Guts in Draw (1028 words)
He took the best Dorin had to offer, and when it looked like he might fold from the pressure, that he might cower from the cuts over and under his eyes, or when the 5-foot-9 hometown favorite was nailed with right-hand bombs on the outside from an opponent five inches shorter, he did not.
Dorin kept eating right hooks and was bleeding profusely from cuts on his left eye, and a new one under his right, before the 12th round ended.
Dorin, who arrived late to the postfight conference because he required stitches to his facial lacerations, entered with a smile as the fighters embraced and shook hands on several occasions.
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