2002-01-05 Leonard Dorin w pts 12 Raul Horacio Balbi, Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, USA - WBA

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2002-01-05 Leonard Dorin w pts 12 Raul Horacio Balbi, Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, USA - WBA. Referee: Rafael Ramos. Scorecards: 115-112, 113-114, 112-115. Making his first defence, Balbi (134½) didn’t take long before opening up with left uppercuts and hooks as Dorin (134) advanced, something he did all night, but the punches did nothing to stop the latter’s forward march. While it was always closely contested, the fact that Dorin was able to get away with blatantly low blows throughout obviously had a bearing on the result, especially when Balbi weakened. The only time that Dorin, who was cut over both eyes in the fourth, was deducted a point came in the tenth and was after the damage had already been done. All that apart it was a tremendous scrap, with the quick-handed Balbi smashing in blows from both hands as Dorin, throwing all manner of punches, just kept coming and it could have gone either way.

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