|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
|Born||11 March 1986|
|Wins by KO||22|
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 magazineand the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and fourth by BoxRec.
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.
2005 (light heavyweight)
2006 (light heavyweight)
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.
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.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). Dorticos sought fights against Murat Gassiev, Beibut Shumenov, and Denis Lebedev but was ultimately unable to get any of them in the ring.
Dorticos became the mandatory to the WBA's champion Denis Lebedev following a win over Fulgencio Zúñiga.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.
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.
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.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.
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.
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.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. 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.
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.Dorticos is expected to face the winner of Gassiev-Włodarczyk and stated that he would prefer to face Gassiev.
|26 fights||24 wins||2 losses|
|26||Loss||24–2||Mairis Briedis||MD||12||26 Sep 2020||Plazamedia Broadcasting Center, Munich, Germany||Lost IBF cruiserweight title;|
For vacant The Ring cruiserweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: Cruiserweight final
|25||Win||24–1||Andrew Tabiti||KO||10 (12), 2:33||15 Jun 2019||Arēna Rīga, Rīga, Latvia||Won vacant IBF cruiserweight title; |
World Boxing Super Series: Cruiserweight semi-final
|24||Win||23–1||Mateusz Masternak||UD||12||20 Oct 2018||CFE Arena, Orlando, Florida, U.S.||World Boxing Super Series: Cruiserweight quarter-final|
|23||Loss||22–1||Murat Gassiev||TKO||12 (12), 2:52||3 Feb 2018||Bolshoy Ice Dome, Sochi, Russia||Lost WBA cruiserweight title; |
For IBF cruiserweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: Cruiserweight semi-final
|22||Win||22–0||Dmitry Kudryashov||KO||2 (12), 2:10||23 Sep 2017||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBA (Regular) cruiserweight title;|
World Boxing Super Series: Cruiserweight quarter-final
|21||Win||21–0||Youri Kayembre Kalenga||TKO||10 (12), 2:54||20 May 2016||Palais des Sports, Paris, France||Won vacant WBA interim cruiserweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Fulgencio Zuniga||TKO||2 (10), 1:44||12 Dec 2015||Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Galen Brown||TKO||1 (10), 2:29||17 Jul 2015||Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.||Retained WBC Latino cruiserweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Edison Miranda||UD||10||10 Jul 2014||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.||Retained WBC Latino cruiserweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Eric Fields||KO||4 (10), 2:59||16 Apr 2014||Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California, U.S.||Retained WBC Latino, and WBA interim Fedalatin cruiserweight titles|
|16||Win||16–0||Hamilton Ventura||TKO||1 (10), 2:19||28 Feb 2014||Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, California, U.S.||Won WBA interim Fedelatin cruiserweight title;|
Retained WBC Latino cruiserweight title
|15||Win||15–0||Keith Barr||KO||2 (8), 1:19||13 Jul 2013||Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Willie Herring||RTD||3 (6), 3:00||22 Feb 2013||Community Center, Palm Bay, Florida, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Livin Castillo||TKO||3 (10), 1:05||18 Nov 2011||Miami Airport Convention Center, Miami, Florida, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Latino cruiserweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Jose Luis Herrera||TKO||2 (4), 2:36||25 Mar 2011||Cosmopolitan Resort, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Epifanio Mendoza||TKO||6 (6), 2:32||4 Mar 2011||Jostens Center, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Gustavo Enriquez||TKO||1 (6), 1:18||3 Dec 2010||Magic City Casino, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Robert Turner||TKO||1 (4), 1:40||15 Oct 2010||A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Tony Kern||KO||1 (4), 0:55||24 Sep 2010||Paragon Casino, Marksville, Louisiana, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Hilario Guzman||TKO||3 (4), 1:30||18 Aug 2010||Civic Center, Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Maurice Winslow||TKO||1 (4), 0:35||9 Jul 2010||Club Europe, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Carlos Reyes||TKO||1 (4), 1:53||30 Apr 2010||Convention Center, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Zack Zeigler||KO||1 (4), 1:24||10 Apr 2010||Bank Atlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Gary Lavender||TKO||1 (4), 1:44||5 Feb 2010||NSU Arena, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||George Nowell||TKO||1 (4), 1:23||4 Dec 2009||La Covacha, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Hilario Guzman||TKO||4 (4), 1:20||14 Aug 2009||Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byÉric Molina
| WBC Latino cruiserweight champion|
18 November 2011 – 2013
Title next held bySantander Silgado
Title last held byMariano Strunz
| WBC Latino cruiserweight champion|
28 February 2014 – June 2014
Title next held byCristian Medina
Title last held byIsiah Thomas
| WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight champion|
Title last held byGarrett Wilson
| IBF-USBA cruiserweight champion|
16 April 2014 – 2015
Title next held byIsiah Thomas
Title last held bySantander Silgado
| WBC Latino cruiserweight champion|
10 July 2014 – December 2015
Title next held byJose Ulrich
|World boxing titles|
as co-titlist until 21 May 2016
| WBA cruiserweight champion|
20 May 2016 – 19 June 2017
Title next held byArsen Goulamirian
| WBA cruiserweight champion |
19 June 2017 – 3 February 2018
Regular title until 1 February 2018
Lost bid for Unified title
as Unified champion
Title last held byOleksandr Usyk
| IBF cruiserweight champion |
15 June 2019 – 26 September 2020