Yuniel Dorticos

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Yuniel Dorticos
Statistics
Weight(s) Cruiserweight
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach80 in (203 cm)
NationalityCuban
Born (1986-03-11) 11 March 1986 (age 35)
Havana, Cuba
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights26
Wins24
Wins by KO22
Losses2
Medal record
Men's amateur boxing
Representing Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba
Cuban National Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2006 Bayamo Light-heavyweight
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2007 Sancti Spiritus Light-heavyweight
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2008 Holguin Light-heavyweight
Bolivarian Games
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2007 Guárico Light-heavyweight
Strandzha Cup
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2008 Plovdiv Light-heavyweight
World Cadet Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2003 Bucharest Middleweight

Yuniel Dorticós Pao (born 11 March 1986) is a Cuban professional boxer. He is a former two-time cruiserweight world champion, having held the WBA title from 2017 to 2018 and the IBF title from 2019 to September 2020. As of May 2020, he is ranked as the world's second best active cruiserweight by The Ring magazine [1] and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, [2] and fourth by BoxRec. [3]

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Amateur career

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. [4]

World Cup results

2005 (light heavyweight)

2006 (light heavyweight)

Professional career

Early career

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 (KO). In 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 WBA and WBC. [5]

Dorticos was knocked down for the first time in 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 minutes 59 seconds in round four. [6] In 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). [7] Dorticos sought fights against Murat Gassiev, Beibut Shumenov, and Denis Lebedev but was ultimately unable to get any of them in the ring. [8] [9]

WBA interim cruiserweight champion

Dorticos vs. Kalenga

Dorticos became the mandatory to the WBA's champion Denis Lebedev following a win over Fulgencio Zúñiga. [10] 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 20 May 2016 at the Palais des Sports in Paris. This would be Dorticos' first pro bout outside the United States. [11]

In a thrilling fight, Dorticos stopped Kalenga in the tenth round via technical knockout (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 six. Dorticos lost a point at the end of round eight for hitting after the bell. In round ten, Dorticos once again landed a flurry a punches on Kalenga, at which point the referee stopped the fight. [12] [13]

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 before being called off due to an eye injury that Shumenov suffered during sparring. [14] In 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.

2017-18 World Boxing Super Series

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. [15]

Dorticos vs. Kudryashov

On the tournament's draft, it was determined that Dorticos would face Dmitry Kudryashov in the quarterfinals. The fight was set for 23 September at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. [16] 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. [17] 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. [18]

On fight night, Dorticos retained his title and advanced to the semi-finals by knocking out Kudryashov in two 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 two, 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 two. [19] Dorticos is expected to face the winner of Gassiev-Włodarczyk and stated that he would prefer to face Gassiev. [20]

2018-19 World Boxing Super Series

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
26 fights24 wins2 losses
By knockout221
By decision21
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
26Loss24–2 Flag of Latvia.svg Mairis Briedis MD1226 Sep 2020 Flag of Germany.svg Plazamedia Broadcasting Center, Munich, GermanyLost IBF cruiserweight title;
For vacant The Ring cruiserweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: Cruiserweight final
25Win24–1 Flag of the United States.svg Andrew Tabiti KO10 (12), 2:3315 Jun 2019 Flag of Latvia.svg Arēna Rīga, Rīga, LatviaWon vacant IBF cruiserweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: Cruiserweight semi-final
24Win23–1 Flag of Poland.svg Mateusz Masternak UD1220 Oct 2018 Flag of the United States.svg CFE Arena, Orlando, Florida, U.S. World Boxing Super Series: Cruiserweight quarter-final
23Loss22–1 Flag of Russia.svg Murat Gassiev TKO12 (12), 2:523 Feb 2018 Flag of Russia.svg Bolshoy Ice Dome, Sochi, RussiaLost WBA cruiserweight title;
For IBF cruiserweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: Cruiserweight semi-final
22Win22–0 Flag of Russia.svg Dmitry Kudryashov KO2 (12), 2:1023 Sep 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.Retained WBA (Regular) cruiserweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: Cruiserweight quarter-final
21Win21–0 Flag of France.svg Youri Kayembre Kalenga TKO10 (12), 2:5420 May 2016 Flag of France.svg Palais des Sports, Paris, FranceWon vacant WBA interim cruiserweight title
20Win20–0 Flag of Colombia.svg Fulgencio Zuniga TKO2 (10), 1:4412 Dec 2015 Flag of the United States.svg Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
19Win19–0 Flag of the United States.svg Galen BrownTKO1 (10), 2:2917 Jul 2015 Flag of the United States.svg Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.Retained WBC Latino cruiserweight title
18Win18–0 Flag of Colombia.svg Edison Miranda UD1010 Jul 2014 Flag of the United States.svg American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.Retained WBC Latino cruiserweight title
17Win17–0 Flag of the United States.svg Eric Fields KO4 (10), 2:5916 Apr 2014 Flag of the United States.svg Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California, U.S.Retained WBC Latino, and WBA interim Fedalatin cruiserweight titles
16Win16–0 Flag of Brazil.svg Hamilton Ventura TKO1 (10), 2:1928 Feb 2014 Flag of the United States.svg Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, California, U.S.Won WBA interim Fedelatin cruiserweight title;
Retained WBC Latino cruiserweight title
15Win15–0 Flag of the United States.svg Keith BarrKO2 (8), 1:1913 Jul 2013 Flag of the United States.svg Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California, U.S.
14Win14–0 Flag of the United States.svg Willie HerringRTD3 (6), 3:0022 Feb 2013 Flag of the United States.svg Community Center, Palm Bay, Florida, U.S.
13Win13–0 Flag of Ecuador.svg Livin CastilloTKO3 (10), 1:0518 Nov 2011 Flag of the United States.svg Miami Airport Convention Center, Miami, Florida, U.S.Won vacant WBC Latino cruiserweight title
12Win12–0 Flag of Colombia.svg Jose Luis HerreraTKO2 (4), 2:3625 Mar 2011 Flag of the United States.svg Cosmopolitan Resort, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
11Win11–0 Flag of Colombia.svg Epifanio MendozaTKO6 (6), 2:324 Mar 2011 Flag of the United States.svg Jostens Center, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, U.S.
10Win10–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Gustavo EnriquezTKO1 (6), 1:183 Dec 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Magic City Casino, Miami, Florida, U.S.
9Win9–0 Flag of the United States.svg Robert TurnerTKO1 (4), 1:4015 Oct 2010 Flag of the United States.svg A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
8Win8–0 Flag of the United States.svg Tony KernKO1 (4), 0:5524 Sep 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Paragon Casino, Marksville, Louisiana, U.S.
7Win7–0 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Hilario GuzmanTKO3 (4), 1:3018 Aug 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Civic Center, Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Maurice WinslowTKO1 (4), 0:359 Jul 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Club Europe, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Carlos ReyesTKO1 (4), 1:5330 Apr 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Miami, Florida, U.S.
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Zack ZeiglerKO1 (4), 1:2410 Apr 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Bank Atlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.
3Win3–0 Flag of the United States.svg Gary LavenderTKO1 (4), 1:445 Feb 2010 Flag of the United States.svg NSU Arena, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
2Win2–0 Flag of the United States.svg George NowellTKO1 (4), 1:234 Dec 2009 Flag of the United States.svg La Covacha, Miami, Florida, U.S.
1Win1–0 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Hilario GuzmanTKO4 (4), 1:2014 Aug 2009 Flag of the United States.svg Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, U.S.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Éric Molina
WBC Latino cruiserweight champion
18 November 2011 – 2013
Vacant
Title next held by
Santander Silgado
Vacant
Title last held by
Mariano Strunz
WBC Latino cruiserweight champion
Interim title

28 February 2014 – June 2014
Promoted
Vacant
Title next held by
Cristian Medina
Vacant
Title last held by
Isiah Thomas
WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight champion
Interim title'
Vacant
Vacant
Title last held by
Garrett Wilson
IBF-USBA cruiserweight champion
16 April 2014 – 2015
Vacant
Title next held by
Isiah Thomas
Vacant
Title last held by
Santander Silgado
WBC Latino cruiserweight champion
10 July 2014 – December 2015
Vacant
Title next held by
Jose Ulrich
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Beibut Shumenov
as co-titlist until 21 May 2016
WBA cruiserweight champion
Interim title

20 May 2016 – 19 June 2017
Promoted
Vacant
Title next held by
Arsen Goulamirian
Preceded by
Beibut Shumenov
stripped
WBA cruiserweight champion
19 June 2017 – 3 February 2018
Regular title until 1 February 2018
Lost bid for Unified title
Succeeded by
Murat Gassiev
as Unified champion
Vacant
Title last held by
Oleksandr Usyk
IBF cruiserweight champion
15 June 2019 – 26 September 2020
Succeeded by
Mairis Briedis