Canadian boxing coach Adrian Teodorescu dies at 73

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.

“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.”

“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.”

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.

Many esteemed members of Canada’s boxing community paid tribute to him on social media.

“We miss Adrian and I will always remember him,” Clubb said.

“Great coach, great human being.”


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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