Troy Dorsey

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Troy Dorsey
Troy Dorsey 2014.jpg
Dorsey at Texas A&M University-Commerce campus, 2014
Born Troy Glenn Dorsey
(1962-11-19) November 19, 1962 (age 51)
Mansfield, Texas, United States
Other names The Destroyer
Nationality United States American
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 58.9 kg (130 lb; 9.28 st)
Division Bantamweight
Featherweight
Lightweight
Reach 66 in (170 cm)
Style Boxing, Karate, Kickboxing, Taekwondo
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Team Troy Dorsey's Karate
Trainer Casey Malone
Rank      7th degree black belt in Karate
     black belt in Taekwondo
Years active 1980-1998
Professional boxing record
Total 31
Wins 16
By knockout 11
Losses 11
By knockout 5
Draws 4
Kickboxing record
Total 35
Wins 33
By knockout 24
Losses 2
By knockout 0
Draws 0
Troy Dorsey
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Semi Contact Kickboxing
WAKO Amateur World Championships
Gold London 1985 -57 kg
Silver Munich 1987 -57 kg
Men's Full Contact Kickboxing
WAKO Amateur World Championships
Gold London 1985 -57 kg
Gold Munich 1987 -57 kg

Troy Glenn Dorsey (born November 19, 1962) is an American former boxer and kickboxer who competed in the bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight divisions. Known predominantly for his indominatable spirit, amazing physical endurance and a propensity to hammer an opponent with a withering constant barrage of punches, Dorsey began his martial arts training in karate and taekwondo at the age of ten before later making the switch to full contact kickboxing where he was a three-time world champion as well as a gold medalist the WAKO Amateur World Championships in both 1985 (London) and 1987 (Munich). He began dedicating himself to boxing in 1989 and would win the IBF World Featherweight Championship and IBO World Super Featherweight Championship before retiring in 1998.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Mansfield, Texas, Troy Dorsey began training in karate and taekwondo at the age of ten, eventually reaching the rank of eighth degree black belt.[1] After competing in point karate competitions, he made the switch to kickboxing, fighting under full contact rules.

Career[edit]

After a brief and successful run as an amateur kickboxer in 1980, Dorsey soon turned professional and rose to prominence with a one-sided knockout defeat of Santae Wilson for the KICK United States Featherweight Championship and a defense against Jorge Angat in 1983. At the W.A.K.O. World Championships 1985 (London), held in London, England on November 2, 1985, Dorsey won gold in both semi contact and full contact kickboxing in the -57 kg/125 lb division.[2]

His first loss was a controversial split decision against dominant longtime PKA Bantamweight Champion Felipe Garcia in Garcia's hometown of Denver, Colorado in January 1987. They rematched six months later on August 8, 1987 in El Paso, Texas for the ISKA World Bantamweight (-54.5 kg/120.2 lb) Full Contact Championship and Dorsey would conclusively avenge that blemish with a unanimous decision win that ended Garcia's eight year reign. Dorsey defended his ISKA bantamweight world title with knockouts over Steve Demencuk and Jeff Watt. In his literal destruction of Demecuk, Dorsey would drop Demencuk no less than six times before finally knocking his opponent out in the seventh round. At the W.A.K.O. World Championships 1987 in Munich, West Germany in October 1987, Dorsey again took gold in full contact kickboxing but was only able to manage silver in semi contact, losing out to Oliver Drexler in the final.[3]

On March 18, 1989, Dorsey went up to -60 kg/132 lb to fight Michael Kuhr at a USA vs. Germany event at the Deutschlandhalle in West Berlin, losing a controversial decision after a five round fight. The following month, Dorsey was scheduled to fight for the PKO World Bantamweight (-57 kg/125 lb) Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden against Dennis Sigo but the Swede had broken his hand during sparring just one week prior to the event and Michael Kuhr was asked to take the fight and move down in weight on short notice. Dorsey won by unanimous decision to take his second world title on April 13, 1989.[4]

Having turned professional as a boxer back in 1985, Dorsey won his first title in that sport on August 10, 1989 when he beat Harold Rhodes by technical knockout for the NABF North American Featherweight (-57.1 kg/126 lb) Championship. The two men met each round center ring both firing incredible volumes of powerful punches until Dorsey dropped Rhodes for a ten count in the final moments of an exciting bout. He then challenged Jorge Páez for the IBF World Featherweight (-57.1 kg/126 lb) Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 4, 1990, losing a controversial split decision.

After a TKO of Bernardo Piñango two months later, Dorsey rematched Páez for both the IBF and WBO World Featherweight titles on July 8, 1990. The bout was scored a split draw and Páez kept the belts. Dorsey would finally get his hands on the IBF featherweight tile after Páez vacated it, knocking out Alfred Rangel in round one for the vacant championship on June 3, 1991. He lost it to Manuel Medina two months later.[5]

Dorsey made a brief return to kickboxing in 1994, knocking out Mechell Rochette in San Jose, California to be crowned the ISKA World Lightweight (-60 kg/132.3 lb) Full Contact Champion.

He became a two-time boxing world champion on October 18, 1996 when he forced Jimmi Bredahl to quit on his stool in Vejle, Denmark, taking the IBO World Super Featherweight (-58.9 kg/130 lb) Championship. Dorsey had a tendency to cut easily and saw several of his later fights stopped due to cuts: this subsequently hastened his retirement from the ring in 1998.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He has two daughters, Kendra and Shelly, with his wife Leslie.[1]

Championships and awards[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

  • Professional Kickboxing Organization
    • PKO World Bantamweight (-57 kg/125 lb) Championship

Boxing record[edit]

Boxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

External links[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Jorge Páez
Vacated
IBF Featherweight Champion
3 Jun 1991– 12 Aug 1991
Succeeded by
Manuel Medina