Adrian Diaconu

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Adrian Diaconu
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Diaconu in 2007
Statistics
Nickname(s) The Shark
Rated at Light-heavyweight
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Reach 183 cm (72 in)
Nationality Romanian
Born (1978-06-09) 9 June 1978 (age 38)
Ploieşti, Romania
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 27
Wins by KO 15
Losses 3

Adrian Diaconu (born 9 June 1978) is a Romanian former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2011, and held the WBC light-heavyweight title from 2008 to 2009. As an amateur he won a silver medal in the middleweight division at the 1999 World Championships and bronze in the light-middleweight division at the 1999 World Championships. Diaconu was born in Ploieşti, Romania, but fought out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada for almost his entire professional career.

Amateur career[edit]

Diaconu represented Romania at the 2000 Olympics in the middleweight division.

Olympic results:

Professional career[edit]

Following the Olympics, Diaconu made his professional debut in 2001 and competed exclusively as a light-heavyweight. He went on to claim his first regional championship in June 2005, winning the Canadian title with a fifth-round knockout of Conal MacPhee. In December 2005, Diaconu won the WBC International title after knocking out Darrin Humphrey. This was followed up with a knockout against Max Heyman to win the vacant WBANABA and TAB titles. Diaconu vacated his Canadian title to face Rico Hoye in an eliminator bout for the WBC world title. He was successful, dominating Hoye until a stoppage in the third round. With the win, Diaconu became the mandatory challenger for then-WBC world champion Chad Dawson.[1]

In October 2007, world cruiserweight champion David Haye described Diaconu as "the future of the light-heavyweight division."[2]

On 19 April 2008, Diaconu won the vacant WBC interim title with a twelve-round unanimous decision over Chris Henry in Romania; the interim title being at stake to allow full titleholder Chad Dawson to make an optional defense after a previous injury-produced delay to the mandated bout. In July 2008, Diaconu was elevated to full champion status after Dawson vacated the title to avoid having to make the mandatory defense.[3]

Diaconu suffered his first career defeat and lost the WBC world title to Jean Pascal on 19 June 2009, and would go on to lose a rematch on 11 December 2009. Diaconu's final professional fight took place on 21 May 2011 against former champion Chad Dawson, who defeated Diaconu by a unanimous decision after twelve rounds. A year later, Diaconu announced his retirement from boxing, stating that he felt a lack of support from his promoters, Interbox, to organize significant fights for him.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
30 fights 27 wins 3 losses
By knockout 15 0
By decision 12 3
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
30 Loss 27–3 United States Chad Dawson UD 12 21 May 2011 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
29 Win 27–2 United States Omar Sheika UD 10 15 Oct 2010 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
28 Loss 26–2 Canada Jean Pascal UD 12 11 Dec 2009 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada For WBC light-heavyweight title
27 Loss 26–1 Canada Jean Pascal UD 12 19 May 2009 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lost WBC light-heavyweight title
26 Win 26–0 Canada David Whittom UD 8 4 Apr 2009 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
25 Win 25–0 United States Chris Henry UD 12 19 Apr 2008 Romania Polyvalent Hall, Bucharest, Romanai Won WBC interim light-heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0 United States Rico Hoye TKO 3 (12), 0:32 9 May 2007 Canada Studio Mel's, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
23 Win 23–0 United States Orlando Rivera UD 10 15 Sep 2006 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
22 Win 22–0 South Africa Andre Thysse UD 12 16 May 2006 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC International light-heavyweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States Max Heyman KO 4 (12), 3:00 24 Mar 2006 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant WBANABA and TAB light-heavyweight titles
20 Win 20–0 United States Darrin Humphrey TKO 11 (12), 2:56 2 Dec 2005 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant WBC International light-heavyweight title
19 Win 19–0 Canada Conal MacPhee TKO 2 (10), 2:00 16 Sep 2005 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained Canada light-heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0 Canada Conal MacPhee TKO 5 (10), 3:00 3 May 2005 Canada Maurice Richard Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant Canada light-heavyweight title
17 Win 17–0 United States James Crawford TKO 1 (8) 12 Apr 2005 Romania Galaţi, Romania
16 Win 16–0 United States Jesse Sanders TKO 4 (6), 3:00 18 Mar 2005 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
15 Win 15–0 Brazil Roberto Coelho UD 10 20 Mar 2004 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
14 Win 14–0 United States Rico Cason TKO 3 (8), 2:45 20 Dec 2003 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
13 Win 13–0 United States Tiwon Taylor KO 2 (8), 1:14 22 Nov 2003 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
12 Win 12–0 United States Ronald Cobbs TKO 3 (6) 17 May 2003 United States Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
11 Win 11–0 Cameroon Isidore Janvier UD 8 5 Apr 2003 Germany Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
10 Win 10–0 United States Ron Johnson KO 1 (8), 1:44 28 Feb 2003 Canada Aréna Léonard-Grondin, Granby, Quebec, Canada
9 Win 9–0 United States Shaun Creegan UD 8 14 Dec 2002 United States Armory, Dorchester, Massachusetts, US
8 Win 8–0 United States Kenny Bowman MD 6 6 Sep 2002 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Win 7–0 Lithuania Ganny Dovidovas KO 3 (8) 31 May 2002 Romania Polyvalent Hall, Bucharest, Romania
6 Win 6–0 Trinidad and Tobago Melroy Corbin UD 6 26 Apr 2002 Canada Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
5 Win 5–0 Canada Francis Doiron KO 1 (6), 1:40 30 Nov 2001 Canada Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
4 Win 4–0 Canada Claudio Ortiz UD 4 20 Jul 2001 Canada Stade L.P. Gaucher, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada
3 Win 3–0 United States Eric Olds UD 4 10 Jul 2001 Canada Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2 Win 2–0 Canada Todd Black KO 1 (4), 0:36 5 Jun 2001 Canada Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
1 Win 1–0 Canada Mark Newton TKO 1 (4), 2:34 2 Mar 2001 Canada Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Professional debut

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Éric Lucas
Canada light-heavyweight champion
3 June 2005 – June 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jason Naugler
Vacant
Title last held by
Pietro Aurino
WBC International light-heavyweight champion
2 December 2005 – October 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Silvio Branco
Vacant
Title last held by
George Khalid Jones
WBANABA light-heavyweight champion
24 March 2006 – August 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Chris Henry
New title TAB light-heavyweight champion
24 March 2006 – 2008
Vacated
Title discontinued
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Roy Jones Jr.
WBC light-heavyweight champion
Interim title

19 April 2008 – 11 July 2008
Promoted
Vacant
Title next held by
Chad Dawson
Preceded by
Chad Dawson
vacated
WBC light heavyweight champion
11 July 2008 – 19 June 2009
Succeeded by
Jean Pascal