2003-05-17 Paul Spadafora drew 12 Leonard Dorin, Peterson Events Centre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - IBF/WBA
2003-05-17 Paul Spadafora drew 12 Leonard Dorin, Peterson Events Centre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - IBF/WBA. Referee: Rudy Battle. Scorecards: 114-114, 113-115, 115-114. In a battle to unify two titles, the IBF’s Spadafora (134½) finally convinced the viewing public as to his fighting qualities when he dug deep to stay in the fight against Dorin (135), the WBA champion. Despite having reach advantage on the Romanian, Spadafora was forced to fight in the trenches when being given no room to utilise the southpaw jab. There were no knockdowns but it was tough all the way and both men finished badly cut, Spadafora over both eyes and Dorin over the right eye. Hurt badly in the third by solid right hands, Spadafora came back with some of his own to even things up and the pair fought it out with first one man having some success and then the other. Opening up with flurries of blows to further damage Dorin’s right eye, won the last round for Spadafora and gained him the draw he so richly deserved.
Towards the end of June, Spadafora relinquished the IBF title in order to fight in a higher weight division, while Dorin forfeited the WBA title on the scales on 25 October 2003 when due to defend against Miguel Callist in Bucharest, Romania. While Callist would meet Lakva Sim to decide the WBA title, the IBF selected Javier Jauregui and Leavander Johnson to meet for their championship belt.