Yunier Dorticos

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Yunier Dorticos
Real name Yunier Dorticos
Nickname(s) The KO Doctor
Weight(s) Cruiserweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 80 in (203 cm)
Nationality Cuban
Born (1986-03-11) March 11, 1986 (age 32)
Havana, Cuba
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 24
Wins 23
Wins by KO 21
Losses 1

Yunier Dorticós (born 11 March 1986) is a Cuban professional boxer who held the WBA cruiserweight title from 2017 to 2018.

Amateur career[edit]

He placed second three times in a row at the Cuban national championships from 2005- 2007 at light heavyweight, each time behind Yusiel Nápoles. In 2008 he came in third, after losing to future Olympic gold medalist Julio César La Cruz in the semifinals. Dorticos represented Cuba twice in the Boxing World Cup.[1]

World Cup results[edit]

2005 (light heavyweight)

  • Defeated Elnur Kadyrov (Azerbaijan) RSC-3
  • Defeated Ovidiu Chereches (Romania) RSC-2
  • Lost to Yerdos Zhanabergenov (Kazakhstan) RSCI-2

2006 (light heavyweight)

  • Defeated Erbol Dutbayev (Kazakhstan) RSC-OS
  • Defeated Christopher Downs (United States) 39-19
  • Defeated Javid Taghiev (Azerbaijan) RSC-OS
  • Lost to Artur Beterbiev (Russia) RSC-1

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Dorticos defected in 2009 and began a career in the paid ranks, fighting as a cruiserweight. Dorticos slowly worked his way up the ranks, fighting outmatched opponents. He won his first 17 fights by knockout. On February 2014, Dorticos defeated Hamilton Ventura in his 16th professional fight. Dorticos completely overwhelmed Ventura, knocking him down three times before the referee stopped the fight. With the win, Dorticos broke into the top 15 of the WBC and the WBA.[2]

Dorticos was knocked down for the first time against on the first round of a bout against Eric Fields. He was able to dust himself off and return the knockdown towards the end of that same round. Dorticos knocked out Fields at 2:59 in round 4.[3] On April 2014, Dorticos would go the distance for the first time, as Edison Miranda was able to take his power. Nevertheless, Dorticos won a wide unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 99-91)[4]. Dorticos sought fights against Murat Gassiev, Beibut Shumenov, and Denis Lebedev but was ultimately unable to get any of them in the ring.[5][6]

Dorticos vs. Kalenga[edit]

Dorticos became the mandatory to the WBA's champion Denis Lebedev following a win over Fulgencio Zúñiga.[7] However, the WBA allowed Lebedev to unify against IBF title-holder Victor Emilio Ramírez before facing Dorticos. In turn, the WBA ordered Dorticos to fight Youri Kalenga for an interim championship. The fight was due for May 20, 2016 at the Palais des Sports in Paris. This would be Dorticos' first pro bout outside the United States.[8]

In a thrilling fight, Dorticos stopped Kalenga in the 10th round via TKO to become a world champion. Dorticos dropped Kalenga in the second round after a flurry of shots. Kalenga was able to recover and get back into the fight in the middle rounds, despite receiving a cut over one of his eyes during round 6. Dorticos lost a point at the end of round 8 for hitting after the bell. In round 10, Dorticos once again landed a flurry a punches on Kalenga, at which point the referee stopped the fight.[9][10]

Following his victory, Dorticos entered a purse bid for a fight against WBA (Regular) champion Beibut Shumenov. The fight was delayed several times, due to promotional issues befored being called off due to an eye injury that Shumenov suffered during sparring.[11] On June 2017, Shumenov vacated his title due to that same injury. The WBA elevated Dorticos from interim champion to regular champion, despite Dorticos being away from the ring for over a year.

World Boxing Super Series[edit]

A day after being elevated to WBA (Regular) champion, Dorticos joined the World Boxing Super Series. The Super Series is a single-elimination tournament featuring 8 fighters from the cruiserweight division. The field includes title-holders from all 4 of boxing's major sanctioning bodies. Dorticos was revealed to be the tournament's 4th seed.[12]

Dorticos vs. Kudryashov[edit]

On the tournament's draft, it was determined that Dorticos would face Dmitry Kudryashov in the quarterfinals. The fight was set for September 23 on the Alamodome.[13] This will be the Super Series' first match in the United States. A percentage of the gate revenue will be donated to the San Antonio Food Bank to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.[14] At the official weigh-in, Dmitry Kudryashov initially missed weight by half a pound, coming in at 200 1⁄2 lbs. However, he was able to come in at exactly 200 lbs in a second try 45 minutes later. Dorticos weighed in at 199 lbs.[15]

On fight night, Dorticos retained his title and advanced to the semi-finals by knocking out Kudryashov in just 2 rounds. The fight started with a slow-paced, feel out round, with both boxers studying their opponent. Dorticos successfully executed a pull counter as the bell sounded. In round 2, the pace of the fight increased, with Dorticos and Kudryashov trading combinations. Eventually, Dorticos gained the upper hand by landing a series of one-two combos, as Kudryashov retreated behind his high guard. Dorticos ended the contest by knocking out Kudryashov with a right hook. The referee waived the count with a minute left in round 2.[16] Dorticos is expected to face the winner of Gassiev-Włodarczyk and stated that he would prefer to face Gassiev.[17]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
24 fights 23 wins 1 loss
By knockout 21 1
By decision 2 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
24 Win 23–1 Poland Mateusz Masternak UD 12 Oct 20, 2018 United States CFE Arena, Orlando, Florida, U.S. World Boxing Super Series: cruiserweight quarter-final
23 Loss 22–1 Russia Murat Gassiev TKO 12 (12), 2:52 3 Feb 2018 Russia Bolshoy Ice Dome, Sochi, Russia Lost WBA (Super) cruiserweight title;
For IBF cruiserweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: cruiserweight semi-final
22 Win 22–0 Russia Dmitry Kudryashov KO 2 (12), 2:10 23 Sep 2017 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Retained WBA (Regular) cruiserweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: cruiserweight quarter-final
21 Win 21–0 France Youri Kayembre Kalenga TKO 10 (12), 2:54 20 May 2016 France Palais des Sports, Paris, Île-de-France Won vacant WBA interim cruiserweight title
20 Win 20–0 Colombia Fulgencio Zuniga TKO 2 (10), 1:44 12 Dec 2015 United States Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
19 Win 19–0 United States Galen Brown TKO 1 (10), 2:29 17 Jul 2015 United States Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida Retained WBC Latino cruiserweight title
18 Win 18–0 Colombia Edison Miranda UD 10 10 Jul 2014 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Retained WBC Latino cruiserweight title
17 Win 17–0 United States Eric Fields KO 4 (10), 2:59 16 Apr 2014 United States Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California Retained interim WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino cruiserweight title
16 Win 16–0 Brazil Hamilton Ventura TKO 1 (10), 2:19 28 Feb 2014 United States Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, California Won interim WBA Fedelatin and Retained WBC Latino cruiserweight title
15 Win 15–0 United States Keith Barr KO 2 (8), 1:19 13 Jul 2013 United States Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California
14 Win 14–0 United States Willie Herring TKO 3 (6), 2:59 22 Feb 2013 United States Community Center, Palm Bay, Florida
13 Win 13–0 Ecuador Livin Castillo TKO 3 (10), 1:05 18 Nov 2011 United States Miami Airport Convention Center, Miami, Florida Won vacant WBC Latino cruiserweight title
12 Win 12–0 Colombia Jose Luis Herrera TKO 2 (4), 2:36 25 Mar 2011 United States Cosmopolitan Resort, Paradise, Nevada
11 Win 11–0 Colombia Epifanio Mendoza TKO 6 (6), 2:32 4 Mar 2011 United States Jostens Center, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Gustavo Enriquez TKO 1 (6), 1:18 3 Dec 2010 United States Magic City Casino, Miami, Florida
9 Win 9–0 United States Robert Turner TKO 1 (4), 1:40 15 Oct 2010 United States A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida
8 Win 8–0 United States Tony Kern KO 1 (4), 0:55 24 Sep 2010 United States Paragon Casino, Marksville, Louisiana
7 Win 7–0 Dominican Republic Hilario Guzman TKO 3 (4), 1:30 18 Aug 2010 United States Civic Center, Monroe, Louisiana
6 Win 6–0 United States Maurice Winslow TKO 1 (4), 0:35 9 Jul 2010 United States Club Europe, Atlanta, Georgia
5 Win 5–0 United States Carlos Reyes TKO 1 (4), 1:53 30 Apr 2010 United States Convention Center, Miami, Florida
4 Win 4–0 United States Zack Zeigler KO 1 (4), 1:24 10 Apr 2010 United States Bank Atlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida
3 Win 3–0 United States Gary Lavender TKO 1 (4), 1:44 5 Feb 2010 United States NSU Arena, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 Win 2–0 United States George Nowell TKO 1 (6), 1:23 04 Dec 2009 United States La Covacha, Miami, Florida
1 Win 1–0 Dominican Republic Hilario Guzman TKO 4 (4), 1:20 14 Aug 2009 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida Professional debut

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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Beibut Shumenov
as co-titlist until May 21, 2016
WBA cruiserweight champion
Interim title

May 20, 2016 – June 19, 2017
Title next held by
Arsen Goulamirian
Preceded by
Beibut Shumenov
WBA cruiserweight champion
June 19, 2017 – February 3, 2018
Regular title until February 1, 2018
Lost bid for Unified title
Succeeded by
Murat Gassiev
as Unified champion