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Hey people... have you all forgotten about this big match... it will be on Friday... in Romania!!!

At the official show-off Balbi came with an Argie NT shirt. Hopefully Doroftei is pissed enough that Romania is not going to the WC and he'll beat the sh!t out of him! :D

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Re: Re: Doroftei vs. Balbi

Source: www.tsn.ca


May 14) MONTREAL (CP) - Avoiding distractions will be a priority when Montreal-based lightweight Leonard Dorin defends his World Boxing Association title in his native Romania on May 31.
Dorin, 32, became a national hero Jan. 5 when he upset Raul Balbi of Argentina to become the first Romanian to hold a major pro boxing title. He was feted across the country and had a sports arena in his home town of Ploiesti, 65 kilometres north of Bucharest, named after him on a post-fight visit to his homeland.
Now, the 1995 world amateur champion fights as a pro before his compatriots for the first time in his first defence of the belt he wrested from Balbi in a bloody brawl.
"I fought 13 years in Romania (as an amateur) and I know it won't be different now fighting for the world title," said Dorin (20-0), who has fought out of Montreal since 1998 and has applied for Canadian citizenship.
"Now I'll show the people of Romania what it is to be a pro champion, to make money and put on a real show."
Dorin will earn $600,000 Cdn for the bout, the most ever paid to a boxer from the Interbox stable, which includes World Boxing Council super-middleweight champ Eric Lucas.
The fight was moved to a smaller venue for fear of bad weather. Originally slated for the 80,000-seat National Stadium, the bout will be held in the 10,000-seat Polivalenta Hall in Bucharest.
A sellout is anticipated, with tickets ranging from $25 to $150 in a country in which the average worker earns about $100 per month. President Ion Iliescu is expected to attend.
It will be shown live on television in Romania (on pay-per-view in Canada) and on large screens in various locations around the country.
"We'll take all the precautions to make sure there are not too many distractions," said Yvon Michel, general manager of Interbox. "For some athletes, it's a disadvantage to perform at home, where you're expected to win.
"But it's the contrary with Leonard. You don't win two world championships without knowing how to handle pressure."
One supporter who won't be there is Dorin's 69-year-old mother, Lazarica Doroftei (the boxer's real name, Dorin is a ring name).
"In Romania, 69 is too old and it is too much for my mother," said Dorin, whose father Gheorghe died when he was seven. "I always tell her, don't watch."
When Dorin returned from his first fight with Balbi (49-5-1), he wore sunglasses to hide his swollen face and lacerated eyes from his wife and two young sons.
It was a wild skirmish from which Dorin emerged with a split decision after throwing more than 1,000 punches over the 12 rounds.
Trainer Stephane Larouche said Dorin is better prepared than he was for the on-again, off-again fight in January, and will do a little more boxing and a little less brawling this time.
"We want him to use some of the little things we've worked on here so he fights at his rhythm," said Larouche, adding Dorin has done 120 rounds of sparring, about twice as much as the last fight. "But we know that when the going gets tough, he can stand in and fight with the guy."'
Dorin leaves for Bucharest on Monday and will have several Interbox colleagues with him.
Also on the card is Calgary native Dale Brown (27-2-1), who is to face Andrei Kostadinov Georgiev of Bulgaria (14-1-0) in an eight-round cruiserweight bout.
Brown will stop first in Rome to spar with Vincenzo Cantatore of Italy, who is to meet Wayne Braithwaite for the vacant WBC title June 1.
"There's a good chance Dale's next world title fight will be in Europe, so this is a good experience for him," said Michel.
Brown lost a bout with International Boxing Federation champion Vassily Jirov two years ago, but now is eyeing a shot at either Cantatore or WBA champ Jean-Marc Marmeck.
Also going is Adrian Diaconu (6-0), another Romanian fighting out of Montreal. He is to meet Bulgarian Asparuh Antonov Georgiev (8-2-0) in an eight-round super-middleweight bout.
 

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And the WINNER is...


































D O R O F T E I !

Of course, it was him... he had a great match... he punched the crap out of Balbi. Very good boxer this Balbi, by the way; despite gettin' lots of punches, falling down once, he still managed to finish the game.

But oh man... Doroftei was fantastic... looks like I am repeating myself. He won something like 118 - 111, 117-112, 117-112. Pretty categorically, eh?

And the other Romanian, Diconu, has won as well against an Anglo-Lithuanian, making him KO in round 2 or 3. Great boxer as well.

We've dominated long enough in the amateurs. It's time to move on to the pro's and kick some ass!

HAI DOROFTEI!
HAI DIACONU!
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This is a match preview, not review, but I thought it's still interesting, even if the match is over, so here you go:

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com

Romanians back Montreal-based Dorin to defend boxing title in Bucharest
By ALISON MUTLER

May 31, 2002
BUCHAREST (AP) - Soccer stars, church leaders and even soothsayers rallied behind Montreal-based WBA champion Leonard Dorin on Friday as the Romanian-born lightweight made last-minute preparations to defend his title against Argentine challenger Raul Balbi.


The showdown on the opening day of the World Cup finals was imbued with added significance because Romania failed to qualify for the soccer championship this year for the first time in more than a decade. Romanians cheered on their 32-year-old champion, saying victory would be good for the whole country.


"Eat him alive, Doru," ran the front-page headline in daily Sports Gazette Friday, using a diminutive of his surname. "A Romanian is fighting to stay king of the world."


Dorin, who now lives in Montreal, Canada, is the favorite for Friday's match.


"I have prepared 2,000 punches for Balbi," said an upbeat Dorin, to which the Argentine boxer responded: "I don't care if Dorin is fighting in front of his countrymen. I will kill him," the daily Evenimentul Zilei reported.


Other sporting stars weighed in with verdicts and encouragement.


"Death to Balbi. Dorin has to win the way we defeated Argentina in the 1994 World Cup," said former star soccer player Gheorghe Hagi. Hagi captained the team which beat Argentina 3-2 to go into the quarter-finals.


Even the leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church had encouraging words for the fighter.


"Dorin will win. In this fight, he is trying to obtain not only a victory for himself, but for Romania as well," Teoctist, the patriarch, said in a statement.


Dorin, who is unbeaten in 20 professional fights, was matched against the 28-year-old Balbi, who was world champion from October 2001 to January, and has won 48 of his 55 fights, with five defeats and one tie. Dorin defeated Balbi on Jan. 5 in San Antonio, Tex., to become the world champion.


Dorin has fought out of Montreal since 1998 and has applied for Canadian citzienship.


The bout was to be broadcast live on national television. Millions of Romanians were expected to tune in, and up to 6,000 fans expected to cram the Ioan Kunst Ghermanescu hall in south Bucharest where the fight will be staged.


On Friday morning, there were still tickets available, with prices between 500,000 lei ($25 Cdn) and seven million lei ($300 Cdn), expensive in Romania where the average monthly salary is just 3.3 million lei ($200 Cdn).


Newspapers ran stories about Dorin's early beginnings.


He fought his first fight at 14, following in the steps of his elder brother who made the young fighter chop wood to build up his strength. Dorin's father died when he was six and his mother is not expected to attend the match.


"I get very worked up. Tears well up in my eyes and I have to go to the bathroom after each round," his mother, Lazarica Doroftei, was quoted as telling daily Libertatea on Friday.


Fans breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday when Dorin, the heavier of the two fighters, squeezed into the weight category at 134.3 pounds. Balbi weighed in at 134 pounds, one below the limit.


Even fortune tellers offered predictions.


"Dorin was born on a Friday in the Year of the Dog and it was his destiny to move to Canada. Balbi is very strong and unpredictable but he is also scared. It is Dorin's fortune that the match is on Friday," predicted Nicu Popescu, a soothsayer predicted in daily Jurnalul National.
 

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After the match, Doru failed to show at the press conference - he didn't feel well, was dizzy and so was taken to a medical facility. But a few minutes ago (at the break of the Ireland-Cameroon game) he spoke on the phone to the national TV and said he's OK. It seems that the great effort he made caused him dehydratation and exhaustion - as the commentors said, that Balbi must be from other world, to stand after all these punches!

The highlight of the match was I think in the 7th or 8th round, when Balbi was apparently leading the game, Doru seemed overcome, but he had a magnificent finishing, with series of body punches, bringing Balbi into the ropes. And then, of course, there was the knock-down from the 11th round!

Rumours have it that Balbi will enlist to a Romanian box club :). What do you know?!
 

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Leonard Doroftei (last night on a TV show):

"M-am batut pana la capat, pana la ultima picatura de sange. Pentru ca eu sunt din Romania si sunt smecher!" :)
 

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They were supposed to show the fight in Canada too on PayPer View and on ESPN. But because Dorin had some sort of advertising tattoo which ESPN does not allowed, they did not show it anymore...Thanks a lot Dorin!:depress:
Anyways I wish I could say "great fight" but I did not see it...However, from what I am reading it was just that...
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Advertising tattoo? was it the fake tattoo type made out of that indian ink? I hope he didn't get a real tattoo with like :"eat at Joe's" on the back or like "Toyota oh what a feeling" on his back, that'd be just to bizarre. Anyway good to hear that a Romanian was kicking some serious ass :)
 

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It was the same washable tattoo he had in San Antonio, with 'goldenpalace.com', an on-line casino. USA HBO didn't mind it then! Sorry, Marius, but he got 50 grands for that :).
 

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It was the same washable tattoo he had in San Antonio, with 'goldenpalace.com', an on-line casino. USA HBO didn't mind it then! Sorry, Marius, but he got 50 grands for that :).
He might have won 50 G's but this is illegal advertising and 50,000 is not that much for a profesional fighter (actually a champion:D) whom in fact could earn more if he was to appear in a commercial for ESPN.
And ESPN not showing the fight means that goldenpalace.com did not reach their intended target market (exept for Romania and whatever TV station chose to show the game…)
Dorin should respect these guidelines because these things may hurt him in the long run.
 
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