World Black Belt Living Legends

Troy Dorsey

Troy Dorsey

World Champion Troy Dorsey was born and raised in Mansfield, Texas. In 1973, at the age of ten, Troy began karate and in 1979 became a black belt. In 1981, Troy's Dorsey's Karate opened in Dallas, Texas. He has studied Martial Arts and Boxing for nearly 30 years and won his first title at the WAKO World Championships in England in 1985.

He won a World title in Kickboxing in 1987 and 1989 and the World IBF title in Boxing in 1991. He retired from fighting in 1998 and is considered one of the best all around fighters in the world. In 1999 Troy opened a second location in Mansfield. Troy has been teaching Martial Arts since 1980 and is a 7th degree black belt.

Troy is actively involved in the community through his karate studios. He participated in the building and is a former honorary board member of Jonathan's Place which is a home for drug exposed children in Dallas. In 1997, Troy received the Outstanding Volunteer Award for Celebrity/Community Leader from Jonathan's Place. Each year Troy is involved with fund raisers for St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Leukemia Society, Boy Scouts of America, Chuck Norris's Kick Start Program and North Texas Food Bank. Troy is also available for public speaking on topics such as self-discipline, respect, self-control and drug and alcohol abuse.


  • 1983 - US KICK Champ - Kickboxing
  • 1985 - WAKO World Champion, London, ENG, Troy become only person ever to win two World Titles at one event in both point fighting and full contact
  • 1987 ISKA World Champion (bantamweight), Won 8.8.87 against Filipe Garcia, El Paso
  • 1987 Title Defense vs. Steve Demenchuk W - 7th round KO
  • 1988 Title Defense vs. Jeff Watt , W - 3rd round KO
  • 1989 PKO World Champion , Gothenburg Sweden
  • 1992 Title Defense , Alexi Nachaev W - 5th round KO
  • 1994 ISKA World Champion (lightweight) , San Jose, CA, W - Mechell Rochette


  • 1980 - Top amateur kickboxer of the year
  • 1982 - Set world record for quickest knockout in kickboxing history in 9 seconds in 1st round
  • 1989 - Inducted into Tae Kwon Do Hall Of Fame as professional fighter of the year
  • 1990 - Tae Kwon Do Times names Troy Dorsey Fighter of the Year
  • 1991 - Inducted into World Martial Arts Hall Of Fame
  • 1996 - Inducted into World Karate Union Hall Of Fame
  • 1997 - Inducted into Texas Martial Arts Hall Of Fame
  • 2002 - Inducted into Martial Arts Digest Hall Of Fame
  • 2003 - Martial Arts Digest names Troy Dorsey Fighter of the Year


  • 1982 - Began boxing with Trainer Casey Malone
  • 1985 - First pro fight W - 2nd round KO
  • 1989 - NABF Champion Great Falls, MT (fight of the year) vs. Harold Rhodes W - 10th round KO
  • 1991 - IBF World Champion Las Vegas, NV vs. Alfred Rangel W - 1st round KO World Titles in both Karate and Boxing
  • 1996 - IBO World Champion Vejle, Denmark vs. Jimi Bredahl W - TKO 9th round


In 1989 US television names Troy Dorsey vs. Harold Rhodes Fight of the Year.

In 1991 Troy receives a proclamation and key from his hometown Mansfield, TX and the city proclaims August 27-31 as Troy Dorsey Week. Mansfield also awards Troy Dorsey the Chamber of Commerce President's Award.

Troy set the record for most punches in a boxing match - 1,527 in 12 round fight and was also voted Fighter of the Year in 1992.

Troy is the only man in history to hold World Titles in both Karate and Boxing. He currently resides in Mansfield with his wife, Leslie and two daughters Kendra and Shelly.

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