|Real name||Leonard Dorin Doroftei|
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
April 10, 1970 |
Ploieşti, Prahova County, Romania
|Wins by KO||8|
|Competitor for Romania|
|Bronze||1992 Barcelona||Light Welterweight|
|World Amateur Championships|
|European Amateur Championships|
|Bronze||1993 Bursa||Light Welterweight|
Leonard Dorin Doroftei (Romanian pronunciation: [le.oˈnard dorofˈtej] ( ), also known as Leonard Dorin, though his surname is Doroftei; born 10 April 1970) is a Romanian-Canadian  former boxer, the WBA Lightweight World Champion from 5 January 2002 to 24 October 2003.
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.
1992 (as a Light Welterweight)
- Defeated Edgar Ruiz (Mexico) 24-4
- Defeated Arlo Chavez (Philippines) 15-1
- Defeated Peter Richardson (Great Britain) points
- Lost to Mark Leduc (Canada) 6-32
1996 (as a Lightweight)
- Defeated Julio Mboumba (Gabon) RSC 23 (1:46)
- Defeated Sergey Kopenkin (Kyrgyzstan) 23-1
- Defeated Koba Gogoladze (Georgia) 23-8
- Lost to Hocine Soltani (Algeria) 32-9
In 1997, Doroftei became a professional boxer, 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 1⁄4 pounds (1.9 kg) over the 135 pounds (61 kg) weight limit, so he lost his WBA title.
His record consisted of 22 wins, 1 loss and one draw, with 8 knockout wins.
Professional boxing record
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, Doroftei was elected President of Romanian Boxing Federation.
- "Leonard Dorin". boxrec.com. May 29, 2011.
- "Doroftei, noul preşedinte al Federaţiei Române de box!" (in Romanian). Prosport. 23 November 2012.
Raul Horacio Balbi
|WBA Lightweight Champion
5 January 2002 – 2004 (vacates)