|Sinan Şamil Sam|
|Real name||Sinan Şamil Sam|
|Nickname(s)||Bull of the Bosphorus|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Reach||76 in (193.0 cm)|
|Nationality|| Turkish |
|Born||23 June 1974|
Frankfurt, West Germany
|Died||30 October 2015 41) (aged|
|Wins by KO||16|
Sinan Şamil Sam (23 June 1974 – 30 October 2015) was a Turkish heavyweight professional boxer. As a professional boxer, Sam won the EBU, World Boxing Council and WBC Mediterranean titles in the heavyweight division. According to his former managers, Sam died after battling liver and kidney failure.
Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. East Thrace, located in Europe, is separated from Anatolia by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorous strait and the Dardanelles. Turkey is bordered by Greece and Bulgaria to its northwest; Georgia to its northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. Istanbul is the largest city, but more central Ankara is the capital. Approximately 70 to 80 per cent of the country's citizens identify as Turkish. Kurds are the largest minority; the size of the Kurdish population is a subject of dispute with estimates placing the figure at anywhere from 12 to 25 per cent of the population.
Heavyweight is a weight class in combat sports.
Professional boxing, or prizefighting, is regulated, sanctioned boxing. Professional boxing bouts are fought for a purse that is divided between the boxers as determined by contract. Most professional bouts are supervised by a regulatory authority to guarantee the fighters' safety. Most high-profile bouts obtain the endorsement of a sanctioning body, which awards championship belts, establishes rules, and assigns its own judges and referee.
Sinan Şamil Sam won Turkish Amateur Boxing Championship nine times.
The Men's 1993 European Amateur Boxing Championships were held in Bursa, Turkey from September 6 to September 12. The 30th edition of the normally bi-annual competition, in which 197 fighters from 32 countries participated this time, was organised by the European governing body for amateur boxing, EABA.
The Men's 1995 World Amateur Boxing Championships were held in the Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany from May 4 to May 15. The eighth edition of this competition, held a year before the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, was organised by the world governing body for amateur boxing AIBA. These World Championships saw the introduction of 'seedings' in each weight. Those seedings were to be based on the 1994 AIBA ranking list.
Sam, known as "Bull of the Bosphorus", turned professional in 2000. He won his first 18 fights, including victories over Przemyslaw Saleta, Danny Williams, and Julius Francis.
In 2003, he suffered his first professional defeat to Juan Carlos Gómez and lost the following fight against Luan Krasniqi.
In 2005, he beat Lawrence Clay Bey to set up a fight with Oleg Maskaev, a fight which he lost on points by unanimous decision. After the loss to Maskaev he defeated Saul Montana in 2006, but then lost a WBC eliminator to Oliver McCall in June 2007.
After three more victories against limited opponents he fought Paolo Vidoz on July 4, 2008; he won the fight by majority decision.
|31 Wins (16 knockouts, 15 decisions), 4 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||31–4||MD||12||2008-07-04||Won EBU Heavyweight title.Retained WBC Mediterranean Heavyweight title.|
|Win||30–4||TKO||3 (12), 1:53||2008-03-14||Retained WBC Mediterranean Heavyweight title.|
|Win||29–4||PTS||3 (12), 1:53||2008-02-15||Retained WBC Mediterranea Heavyweight title.|
|Win||28–4||UD||3 (12), 1:53||2007-10-19||Won WBC Mediterranean Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||27–4||UD||12||2007-06-16||Lost WBC International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||27–3||UD||3 (12), 1:53||2006-11-10||Retained WBC International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||26–3||UD||3 (12), 1:53||2006-07-29||Retained WBC International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||25–3||UD||3 (12), 1:53||2006-04-08||Won WBC International Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||24–3||UD||12||2005-11-12||Lost WBC International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||24–2||UD||3 (12), 1:53||2005-06-11||Retained WBC International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||23–2||UD||9 (12), 2:01||2005-02-12||Retained WBC International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||22–2||TKO||10 (12) 0:48||2004-11-20||Won WBC International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||21–2||TKO||5 (10), 1:28||2004-09-04|
|Win||20–2||KO||2 (12), 2:04||2004-07-24|
|Win||19–2||KO||7 (12), ?||2004-06-05|
|Loss||18–2||UD||(12)||2004-02-14||Lost EBU Heavyweight title.EBU Heavyweight Title. 115-113, 116-113, 114-114.}|
|Loss||18–1||UD||9 (12), 1:29||2003-09-27|
|Win||18–0||TKO||12||2003-04-26||Retained EBU Heavyweight title.|
|Win||17–0||TKO||8 (12), 2:08||2003-02-08||Retained EBU Heavyweight title.|
|Win||16–0||TKO||1 (12), 0:45||2002-10-12||Won EBU Heavyweight title.|
|Win||15–0||KO||2 (10), 2:55||2002-07-20|
|Win||14–0||KO||2 (10), 1:09||2002-03-16|
|Win||13–0||PTS||3 (6), 3:00||2001-12-08|
|Win||12–0||TKO||1 (6), 1:36||2001-11-03|
|Win||11–0||PTS||5 (12), 2:53||2001-09-29|
|Win||10–0||PTS||3 (8), 2:46||2001-07-21|
|Win||5–0||TKO||1 (6), 0:54||2000-10-14|
|Win||4–0||PTS||2 (4), 2:09||2000-10-01|
|Win||3–0||PTS||1 (6), 2:42||2000-06-23|
|Win||2–0||PTS||4 (4), 0:54||2000-05-06|
|Win||1–0||KO||2 (4), 3:00||2000-04-15||Sinan Samil Sam professional debut.|
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