Adrian Teodorescu, the owner of Toronto’s Atlas Boxing Club and boxing coach who mentored Canadian boxing legends Lennox Lewis, Steve Molitor, Egerton Marcus and many others, passed away today from complications with lymphoma.
He was 73.
Originally born in Bucharest, Romania, Teodorescu immigrated to Canada in 1983 and coached Lewis to a 1988 Olympic gold medal.
Its with great sadness that we announce the passing of Adrian Teodorescu His tremendous legacy to the boxing world will always be remembered pic.twitter.com/bhMHgtGLDZ
— Boxing Canada (@boxing_canada) November 30, 2016
“Adrian was a true mentor, a real teacher of boxing,” Clubb Canada coach and Crossfire boxing columnist Noel Clubb said. “He really took care of his boxers. Ultimately, he will be remembered as being one of the most successful Canadian boxing coaches with Lennox Lewis, Dominic Filani, Donovan Boucher, Mark Simmons, and Mandy Bujold.”
— Greg Mercer (@GregMercerGlobe) December 16, 2015
A Boxing Legend, My coach and Friend Adrian Teodorescu has passed away peacefully today. RIP to an incredible man!
— Mandy Bujold (@MandyBujold) November 30, 2016
“I will remember him as one of my two boxing dads,” Clubb added.” He did not have to, but he used to see me at an event and he would take time out and ask who I was fighting and give pointers on the boxer’s strengths and weaknesses. Whenever Atlas put on boxing events in the 1990s, he always had me on a card. He was always in your corner, even though he was not my direct coach, he was so supportive.”
My sincere condolences to the family and loved ones in the passing of Boxing coach Adrian Teodorescu. RIP my friend.
— Spider Jones (@spider_jones) November 30, 2016
Teodorescu also coached most of Canada’s 2016 Rio team -Arthur Biyarslanov and Bujold – to gold medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games, but was not without controversy. He frequently butted heads with organizations like Boxing Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee and was even accused of sexual assault in 2008.
Lennox Lewis in 1988 Olympic trainer, Adrian Teodorescu 27 years later! pic.twitter.com/UnSiVC5viV
— Gary Goodridge (@garyhgoodridge) April 29, 2016
Many esteemed members of Canada’s boxing community paid tribute to him on social media.
Bidding farewell to a coach, mentor and friend. RIP Adrian Teodorescu ❤️ You a hero and legend!
— Jennifer Huggins (She/Her) (@Jen_Huggins) December 1, 2016
“We miss Adrian and I will always remember him,” Clubb said.
“Great coach, great human being.”