Leonard Doroftei

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 51)
Ploieşti, Romania[1]
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights24
Wins22
Wins by KO8
Losses1
Draws1
Medal record
Representing  Romania
Romania National Amateur Boxing Championships
Silver medal – second place 1991 Bucharest -60 kg
Gold medal – first place 1992 Bucharest -63.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1993 Constanța -63.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1994 Brăila -60 kg
Gold medal – first place 1997 Bucharest -60 kg
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona -63.5 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta -60 kg
World amateur championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 Berlin -60 kg
European amateur championships
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Bursa -63.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1996 Vejle -60 kg

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 four national senior titles in 1992–1994 and 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 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

Professional record summary
24 fights 22 wins 1 loss
By knockout 8 1
By decision 14 0
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
24 Loss 22–1–1   Arturo Gatti KO 2 (12) Jul 24, 2004   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For WBC light welterweight title
23 Win 22–0–1   Charles Tschorniawsky TKO 4 (12) Mar 20, 2004   Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
22 Draw 21–0–1   Paul Spadafora SD 12 May 17, 2003   Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained WBA lightweight title
For IBF lightweight title
21 Win 21–0   Raul Horacio Balbi UD 12 May 31, 2002   Sala Polivalentă, Bucharest, Romania Retained WBA lightweight title
20 Win 20–0   Raul Horacio Balbi SD 12 Jan 05, 2002   Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Won WBA lightweight title
19 Win 19–0   Emanuel Augustus UD 10 Sep 28, 2001   War Memorial Gymnasium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
18 Win 18–0   Martin O'Malley TKO 9 (10) Jul 21, 2001   Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. O'Malley sustains a hairline fracture in his left ring finger and spends the next six weeks in a cast
17 Win 17–0   Darelle Sukerow KO 5 (8) Dec 15, 2000   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
16 Win 16–0   Gairy St Clair UD 10 Sep 08, 2000   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
15 Win 15–0   Jose Aponte TKO 8 (8) Jun 16, 2000   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
14 Win 14–0   Gustavo Fabian Cuello SD 10 Apr 06, 2000   Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
13 Win 13–0   Rudolfo Lunsford UD 8 Mar 07, 2000   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
12 Win 12–0   Verdell Smith UD 10 Dec 10, 1999   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11 Win 11–0   Darien Ford UD 8 Oct 29, 1999   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
10 Win 10–0   Jean-Luc Morin TKO 3 (8) Oct 13, 1999   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
9 Win 9–0   Dillon Carew PTS 12 Apr 30, 1999   Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, U.S. For WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title
8 Win 8–0   Bernard Harris SD 10 Feb 05, 1999   Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Win 7–0   Steve Valdez TKO 6 (8) Nov 27, 1998   Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
6 Win 6–0   Khalil Shakeel UD 8 Nov 06, 1998   Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5 Win 5–0   Michael Balagna KO 1 (6) Oct 14, 1998   Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
4 Win 4–0   Don Sponagle TKO 2 (6) Sep 24, 1998   Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3 Win 3–0   Sean Knight UD 6 May 28, 1998   Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Martin Aubut UD 6 May 05, 1998   Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
1 Win 1–0   Jerry Villareal UD 4 Apr 24, 1998   Palais Sports Leopold-Drolet, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Leonard Doroftei. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b "Leonard Doroftei". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  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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Achievements
Preceded by
WBA Lightweight Champion
5 January 2002 – 2004 (vacates)
Succeeded by