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Leonard Dorin Doroftei (Romanian pronunciation: [le.oˈnard dorofˈtej] (About this soundlisten), also known as Leonard Dorin; born 10 April 1970)[2] is a Romanian former boxer, the WBA Lightweight World Champion from 5 January 2002 to 24 October 2003.

Leonard Doroftei
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Doroftei in 2014
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Real nameLeonard Dorin Doroftei[1]
Nickname(s)The Lion
Weight(s)Lightweight
Light welterweight
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
NationalityRomanian
Born (1970-04-10) April 10, 1970 (age 49)
Ploieşti, Romania[1]
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights24
Wins22
Wins by KO8
Losses1
Draws1

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Amateur highlightsEdit

Doroftei took up boxing at the age of 14 at the Ploieşti boxing club. From 1983 to 1984, he won every Romanian national junior title. He went on to win five national senior titles in 1992–1994 and 1996–1997. He won bronze medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.[1] In addition, he was declared World Champion in 1995 and European Champion in 1996. His record as an amateur was 239 victories and 15 defeats.[3]

Olympic resultsEdit

1992 (as a Light Welterweight)

1996 (as a Lightweight)

Professional careerEdit

 
Doroftei in 1995

In 1997, Doroftei turned professional, signing with the Canadian club Interbox. Throughout his career, Dorin competed on ESPN, Showtime, and HBO. On 5 January 2002 he won the WBA world lightweight title, winning in a thrilling split decision over Argentinian boxer Raul Horacio Balbi 112–115, 114–113, 115–112. On 31 May the two fought again in Bucharest; this time, Dorin scored a knockdown en route to a clear cut unanimous decision victory, 118–111, 117–112 and 118–110.

A lightweight title unification bout on 17 May 2003 with American boxer Paul Spadafora, the IBF champion, ended in a draw, 114–114, 115–113, 114–115. The bout took place in Spadafora's hometown of Pittsburgh, and Dorin was a significant underdog. However, Dorin seemed to control the vast majority of the fight. He got to Spadafora early and often, surprising the champ with his intensity and workrate. Most observers agreed that Dorin had been robbed of a decision he deserved. Unfortunately for both fighters and boxing fans, a rematched never materialized.

On 24 October 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 4 14 pounds (1.9 kg) over the 135 pounds (61 kg) weight limit, so he lost his WBA title.

On 24 July 2004, Doroftei lost his undefeated mark when he tried to get the WBC l title, getting knocked out with a body shot in two rounds by Arturo Gatti.[2]

RetirementEdit

He now resides in Romania with his wife and 3 children and is working as a trainer for boxing prospects. He has his own pub-restaurant in Ploieşti, which is decorated with his photos and memories from his boxing career. In November 2012, he was elected President of Romanian Boxing Federation.[4]

Professional boxing recordEdit

22 Wins (8 knockouts, 14 decisions), 1 Loss, 1 Draw[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 22–1–1   Arturo Gatti KO 2 (12) 2004-07-24   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey For WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 22–0–1   Charles Tschorniawsky TKO 4 (12) 2004-03-20   Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec First fight in 8 months.
Draw 21–0–1   Paul Spadafora SD 12 2003-05-17   Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania For WBA World Lightweight, IBF Lightweight and International Boxing Council Lightweight titles.
Win 21–0   Raul Horacio Balbi UD 12 2002-05-31   Sala Polivalentă, Bucharest Retained WBA World Lightweight title.
Win 20–0   Raul Horacio Balbi SD 12 2002-01-05   Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas Won WBA World Lightweight title.
Win 19–0   Emanuel Augustus UD 10 2001-09-28   War Memorial Gymnasium, San Francisco, California
Win 18–0   Martin O'Malley TKO 9 (10) 2001-07-21   Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey O'Malley sustains a hairline fracture in his left ring finger and spends the next six weeks in a cast.
Win 17–0   Darelle Sukerow KO 5 (8) 2000-12-15   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 16–0   Gairy St Clair UD 10 2000-09-08   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 15–0   Jose Aponte TKO 8 (8) 2000-06-16   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 14–0   Gustavo Fabian Cuello SD 10 2000-04-06   Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Win 13–0   Rudolfo Lunsford UD 8 2000-03-07   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 12–0   Verdell Smith UD 10 1999-12-10   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 11–0   Darien Ford UD 8 1999-10-29   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 10–0   Jean-Luc Morin TKO 3 (8) 1999-10-13   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 9–0   Dillon Carew PTS 12 1999-04-30   Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York For WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight title.
Win 8–0   Bernard Harris SD 10 1999-02-05   Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec
Win 7–0   Steve Valdez TKO 6 (8) 1998-11-27   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 6–0   Khalil Shakeel UD 8 1998-11-06   Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec
Win 5–0   Michael Balagna KO 1 (6) 1998-10-14   Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec
Win 4–0   Don Sponagle TKO 2 (6) 1998-09-24   Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec
Win 3–0   Sean Knight UD 6 1998-05-28   Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York
Win 2–0   Martin Aubut UD 6 1998-05-05   Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Win 1–0   Jerry Villareal UD 4 1998-04-24   Palais Sports Leopold-Drolet, Sherbrooke, Quebec Dorin's professional debut.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Leonard Doroftei. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b "Leonard Dorin". boxrec.com. May 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Leonard Doroftei. Romanian Olympic Committee
  4. ^ "Doroftei, noul preşedinte al Federaţiei Române de box!" (in Romanian). Prosport. 23 November 2012.

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Preceded by
Raul Horacio Balbi
WBA Lightweight Champion
5 January 2002 – 2004 (vacates)
Succeeded by
Lakva Sim