Leonard Doroftei Explained

Leonard Dorin
Realname:Leonard Dorin Doroftei
Nickname:The Lion
Weight:Lightweight
Light Welterweight
Nationality: Romanian
Birth Date:April 10, 1970
Birth Place:Ploieşti, Prahova County, Romania
Fighting Out Of:Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Style:Orthodox
Total:24
Wins:22
Ko:8
Losses:1
Draws:1Official Site

Leonard Dorin Doroftei (, also known as Leonard Dorin, though his surname is Doroftei; born 10 April 1970)[1] is a Romanian former boxer, the WBA Lightweight World Champion from 5 January 2002 to 24 October 2003.

Amateur highlights

Born in Ploieşti, Doroftei began boxing, at the age of 14, at the Prahova 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, 1993, 1994, 1996, and 1997. He won bronze medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In addition, he was declared World Champion in 1995 and European Champion in 1993 and 1992. His record as an amateur was 239 victories and 15 defeats.

Olympic Results

1992 (as a Light Welterweight)

1996 (as a Lightweight)

Professional career

In 1997, Doroftei became a professional boxer, signing with the Canadian club Interbox. On 5 January 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 31 May 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 on 17 May 2003 with American boxer Paul Spadafora, the IBF champion, ended in a draw, 114-114, 115-113, 114-115.

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 4¼ lb (1.9 kg) over the 135 lb (61.2 kg) weight limit, so he lost his WBA title.

On 24 July 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 consisted of 22 wins, 1 loss and one draw, with 8 knockout wins.

Professional boxing record

|-|align="center" colspan=8|22 Wins (8 knockouts, 14 decisions), 1 Loss, 1 Drawhttp://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=14354&cat=boxer|-| align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Res.| align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Record| align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Opponent| align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Type| align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Rd., Time| align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Date| align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Location| align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"|Notes|-align=center|Loss|22-1-1| align=left| Arturo Gatti| KO| 2 |2004-07-24|align=left| Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey|align=left|For WBC Lightweight title.|-align=center|Win|22-0-1| align=left| Charles Tschorniawsky|TKO| 4 |2004-03-20|align=left| Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec |align=left|First fight in 8 months.|-align=center|style="background:#abcdef;"|Draw|21-0-1| align=left| Paul Spadafora|SD|12|2003-05-17|align=left| Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|align=left|For WBA World Lightweight, IBF Lightweight and International Boxing Council Lightweight titles.|-align=center|Win|21-0| align=left| Raul Horacio Balbi|UD|12|2002-05-31|align=left| Sala Polivalentă, Bucharest|align=left|Retained WBA World Lightweight title.|-align=center|Win|20-0| align=left| Raul Horacio Balbi|SD|12|2002-01-05 |align=left| Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas|align=left|Won WBA World Lightweight title.|-align=center|Win|19-0| align=left| Emanuel Augustus| UD| 10|2001-09-28 |align=left| War Memorial Gymnasium, San Francisco, California||-align=center|Win|18-0| align=left| Martin O'Malley|TKO| 9 |2001-07-21 |align=left| Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey|align=left|O'Malley sustains a hairline fracture in his left ring finger and spends the next six weeks in a cast.|-align=center|Win|17-0| align=left| Darelle Sukerow|KO|5 |2000-12-15 |align=left| Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec||-align=center|Win|16-0| align=left| Gairy St Clair|UD|10|2000-09-08|align=left| Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec||-align=center|Win|15-0| align=left| Jose Aponte|TKO|8 |2000-06-16 |align=left| Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec||-align=center|Win|14-0|align=left| Gustavo Fabian Cuello|SD|10|2000-04-06 |align=left| Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario||-align=center|Win|13-0| align=left| Rudolfo Lunsford|UD|8|2000-03-07 |align=left| Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec||-align=center|Win|12-0| align=left| Verdell Smith|UD|10|1999-12-10 |align=left| Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec||-align=center|Win|11-0|align=left| Darien Ford|UD|8|1999-10-29 |align=left| Molson Centre, Toronto, Ontario||-align=center|Win|10-0|align=left| Jean-Luc Morin|TKO|3 |1999-10-13 |align=left| Molson Centre, Toronto, Ontario||-align=center|Win|9-0| align=left| Dillon Carew|PTS|12|1999-04-30 |align=left| Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York|align=left|For WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight title.|-align=center|Win|8-0| align=left| Bernard Harris|SD|10|1999-02-05|align=left| Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec||-align=center|Win|7-0|align=left| Steve Valdez|TKO|6 |1998-11-27 |align=left| Molson Centre, Toronto, Ontario||-align=center|Win|6-0| align=left| Khalil Shakeel|UD|8|1998-11-06 |align=left| Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec||-align=center|Win|5-0| align=left| Michael Balagna|KO|1 |1998-10-14 |align=left| Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec||-align=center|Win|4-0| align=left| Don Sponagle|TKO|2 |1998-09-24|align=left| Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec||-align=center|Win|3-0|align=left| Sean Knight|UD|6|1998-05-28 |align=left| Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York||-align=center|Win|2-0| align=left| Martin Aubut|UD|6|1998-05-05 |align=left| Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Trois-Rivières, Quebec||-align=center|Win|1-0| align=left| Jerry Villareal|UD|4|1998-04-24|align=left| Palais Sports Leopold-Drolet, Sherbrooke, Quebec|align=left|Dorin's professional debut.

Retirement

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.

External links


Notes and References

  1. News: Leonard Dorin. boxrec.com. May 29, 2011.