2002-05-31 Leonard Dorin w pts 12 Raul Horacio Balbi, Polivalenta Hall, Bucharest, Romania - WBA
2002-05-31 Leonard Dorin w pts 12 Raul Balbi, Polivalenta Hall, Bucharest, Romania - WBA. Referee: John Coyle. Scorecards: 118-111, 118-110, 117-112. Defending the title against the man he won it from, this time round there was no disputing the decision as Dorin (134¾) began to boss Balbi (134) when moving in behind solid, straight rights from the opening bell. By staying on top of Balbi the champion denied his opponent the room required to get his fast punches off before being given time out in the fourth after the Argentinian belted him below, almost in exasperation. Again it was tough and foul-filled, but Dorin was controlling most of the action and in the last four rounds he made sure of victory when he ripped in solid blows from both hands and floored Balbi in the 11th prior to finishing strongly.
[Category: 2002 Lightweight Title Contests]]