Date: 5th January 2002
Venue: Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Title: WBA World Lightweight Title
Promoted by: DiBella Entertainment
Tv: HBO Boxing After Dark
( 19 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 134 lbs
Raul Horacio Balbi
( 48 - 4 - 1 )
Weight: 134 1/2 lbs
Canadian based Romanian Dorin wins the WBA World Lightweight Title from Argentinian Balbi at The Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas on a split decision.
Scores: Duane Ford 114-113 | Ray Hawkins 112-115 | Gale Van Hoy 115-112.
Four months later the two would meet again, this time in Bucharest, Romania in a title rematch which Dorin would win this time by unanimous decision.