The flight of Mihai Leu, the first Romanian world champion in professional boxing, a sensational story. “I crossed the German border into the trunk of the car”


Mihai Leu, the boxer who would win the first world title in professional boxing for Romania, is the athlete who during the years of communism chose to emigrate illegally from Romania, out of the desire to be a free man.

It’s just that on his way to freedom, Leo would live a series of adventures.

Among them is the one lived on December 25, 1987. A Christmas day on which Mihai was going to spend it, most of it in the trunk of a car. How the former great champion even explained to us how he got into this unique situation.

How the world boxing champion Mihai Leu fled, for Christmas, from Romania

“I had arrived in France five days ago, coming from Greece, with a shotgun. And that day I had arranged with a friend to go to Germany. It’s just that I didn’t have any documents with me, and there were border crossings between France and Germany, not like now. We both bet that the border guards of the two countries will not be very vigilant. In addition, when crossing the border between France and Germany, a car registered with French numbers was not very carefully controlled.

That’s why a few kilometers before the border crossing I got into the trunk, from where I got off only in Germany. I could say that for me I will never forget that Christmas. It is the coolest winter story of my life “, Mihai Leu explained for ProSport.

Ten years later, Mihai Leu would become world champion. On February 22, 1997, at the Sporthalle in Hamburg, the Romanian boxer defeated the Panamanian Santiago Samaniego, at the end of 12 dramatic rounds.


Source: Prosport by www.prosport.ro.

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