Mihai Leu

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Mihai Leu
Mihai Leu.png
Leu in 2014
Real nameMihai Leü
Nickname(s)Michael Loewe
Height5 ft 7+12 in (171 cm)
Born (1969-02-13) 13 February 1969 (age 52)
Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Romania
Boxing record
Total fights28
Wins by KO10
Draws0 Official Site

Mihai Leu also known as Michael Loewe (born 13 February 1969, in Hunedoara)[1] is a Romanian former professional boxer who fought out of Hamburg, Germany. He is a former WBO Welterweight Champion.

Leu retired after one title defense, against Michael Carruth, becoming the second European boxer to retire as an undefeated world champion, after Terry Marsh. Due to an injury, he was forced to abandon boxing but unwilling to give up the world of sports, he turned to be a rally driver. He later became a national rally champion.[2]

Amateur highlights[edit]

He started boxing in 1977 at the Hunedoara Constructorul club. In 1981 he moved to the Hunedoara Metalul from where in 1982 he moved on to Dinamo Bucharest. During his time with Dinamo, he won the national championship four consecutive years: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986. In 1986, he moved to Steaua Bucharest and also became part of the national team.

In 1987, he became World Junior Champion.[3]

In total he fought 200 amateur matches, out of which he won 190.[4]

Professional career[edit]

In 1991, he became a professional boxer in Germany (using the name Michael Loewe) and had 28 wins of 28 matches in welterweight, winning the following titles:

  • 1993 - Germany Intercontinental Title (which he gave up without fighting)
  • 1995 - WBO Intercontinental Title (which he gave up without fighting)
  • 1997 - WBO Welterweight champion (which he gave up due to medical reasons)

Professional record[5][edit]

28 Wins (10 knockouts, 18 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws [1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 28-0 Republic of Ireland Michael Carruth MD 12 1997-09-20 Germany Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen Retained WBO Welterweight Title.
Win 27-0 Panama Santiago Samaniego UD 12 1997-02-22 Germany Sporthalle, Hamburg Won vacant WBO Welterweight Title.
Win 26-0 United States Eric Jakubowski TKO 5 (10) 1996-11-16 Germany Sporthalle, Hamburg
Win 25-0 Dominican Republic Jorge Ramirez PTS 8 1996-10-19 Germany Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus, Frankfurt
Win 24-0 United States Dwayne Swift KO 4 (10) 1996-06-08 Germany Deutz Sporthalle, Cologne
Win 23-0 Belgium Freddy Demeulenaere PTS 8 1996-05-04 Germany Sport und Erholungszentrum, Berlin
Win 22-0 Colombia Jose Brand PTS 8 1996-04-13 Germany Sporthalle, Hamburg
Win 21-0 Spain Miguel Angel Pena PTS 8 1995-06-10 Germany Europahalle, Karlsruhe
Win 20-0 United States Craig Houk TKO 11 (12) 1995-04-01 Germany Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Welterweight Title.
Win 19-0 United States Bobby Butters UD 8 1995-01-28 Germany Sporthalle, Berlin
Win 18-0 United States Harold Bennett PTS 8 1994-12-17 Germany Sporthalle, Hamburg
Win 17-0 Germany Stefan Schramm PTS 10 1994-12-03 Germany Atelier Bruno Bruni, Hamburg Won vacant German International Welterweight Title.
Win 16-0 Portugal Benjamin Felix TKO 2 1994-11-13 Germany Universum Gym, Hamburg
Win 15-0 United States Lloyd Ratalsky TKO 4 1994-10-22 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck
Win 14-0 Hungary Attila Veres PTS 8 1994-09-03 Austria Wiener Neustadt
Win 13-0 Slovakia Gejza Stipak TKO 4 1994-04-10 Germany Universum Gym, Hamburg
Win 12-0 Croatia Pave Turic KO 2 1994-03-19 Austria Vienna, Austria
Win 11-0 Italy Antonio Daga PTS 8 1994-02-19 Germany Sportshalle, Hamburg
Win 10-0 Argentina Hector Omar Luque PTS 6 1994-02-05 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Berlin
Win 9-0 Argentina Nestor Jesus Gil PTS 8 1993-10-15 Germany Sporthalle, Berlin
Win 8-0 Belgium Marino Monteyne PTS 6 1993-10-02 Germany Barbarossa Halle, Kaiserslautern
Win 7-0 Bulgaria Farid Bennecer KO 4 1993-09-11 Germany Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen
Win 6-0 Slovakia Miroslav Strbak KO 4 1993-06-26 Germany Sporthalle, Hamburg
Win 5-0 United States Oscar Washington PTS 6 (6) 1993-05-22 Germany Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen
Win 4-0 Slovakia Miroslav Strbak PTS 6 1993-04-03 Germany Sporthalle, Hamburg
Win 3-0 United Kingdom Wayne Green PTS 4 1993-02-13 Germany Sporthalle, Hamburg
Win 2-0 Czech Republic Jan Mazgut KO 2 1991-12-13 Germany Minden
Win 1-0 Slovakia Gejza Stipak PTS 6 1991-09-16 Germany Legien Center, Berlin

Rally career[edit]

In 1998 he started his new career at the wheel of a Ford Ka and after only three years, he managed to become Romania's rally vice-champion. He had already participated in rallying before, having made his debut in 1994, at the Banat Rally, in a Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Five years later, in 2003, he became Romania's national champion driving a Hyundai Accent WRC, with co-driver Ciprian Solomon. After failing to win another race after his championship winning year, Mihai Leu gave up competitive rallying in 2008, only to return in 2010, as team-manager of Jack Daniel's Rally Team, in the Romanian National Rally Championship (CNR).

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Nicolae Leu, a well-known Romanian rally driver of the `70s–`80s. His brother, Victor, also made his debut in car racing in 1999, as his co-driver.

He is married and has a son Marco, born in 1993, who is a winter sportsman.

He is involved in politics along with the Partidul Conservator, despite failing to secure a place in the European Parliament, in the 2007 national elections. He works part-time as assistant at the Tibiscus University in Timișoara.

In 2014, he had colon cancer and received surgery in Bucharest and treatment in Vienna.[6]


  1. ^ a b "BoxRec". boxrec.com.
  2. ^ "Google Translate". translate.google.com. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  3. ^ "worldjuniorchamps1987". amateur-boxing.strefa.pl.
  4. ^ "Google Translate". translate.google.com. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  5. ^ eWRC-results.com. "Mihai Leu - rally profile eWRC-results.com". eWRC-results.com. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  6. ^ "Google Translate". translate.google.com. Retrieved 2019-04-02.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jose Luis Lopez
WBO Welterweight Champion
2 Feb 1997 - 1997
Succeeded by
Ahmed Kotiev