Sinan Şamil Sam

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Sinan Şamil Sam
Real name Sinan Şamil Sam
Nickname(s) Bull of the Bosphorus
Weight(s) heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Reach 76 in (193.0 cm)
Nationality Turkish
Born(1974-06-23)23 June 1974
Frankfurt, West Germany
Died 30 October 2015(2015-10-30) (aged 41)
Istanbul, Turkey
Boxing record
Total fights 35
Wins 31
Wins by KO 16
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0

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 Republic in Western Asia

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. Ankara is its capital but Istanbul is the country's largest city. 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.

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Professional boxing sport

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Amateur career

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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.

Professional career

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. [1]

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In 2003, he suffered his first professional defeat to Juan Carlos Gómez and lost the following fight against Luan Krasniqi.

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World Boxing Council organization

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After three more victories against limited opponents he fought Paolo Vidoz on July 4, 2008; he won the fight by majority decision.

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Professional boxing record

31 Wins (16 knockouts, 15 decisions), 4 Losses, 0 Draws [1]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Win31–4 Flag of Italy.svg Paolo Vidoz MD 12 2008-07-04 Flag of Turkey.svg Büyük Anadolu Hotel, Ankara, TurkeyWon EBU Heavyweight title.Retained WBC Mediterranean Heavyweight title.
Win30–4 Flag of Montenegro.svg Ratko Draskovic TKO3 (12), 1:532008-03-14 Flag of Germany.svg Zenith – Die Kulturhalle, Munich, Bayern, GermanyRetained WBC Mediterranean Heavyweight title.
Win29–4 Flag of Egypt.svg Mazur Ali PTS3 (12), 1:532008-02-15 Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul, TurkeyRetained WBC Mediterranea Heavyweight title.
Win28–4 Flag of Croatia.svg Ivica Perkovic UD3 (12), 1:532007-10-19 Flag of Germany.svg Estrel Convention Centre, Neukölln, Berlin, GermanyWon WBC Mediterranean Heavyweight title.
loss27–4 Flag of the United States.svg Oliver McCall UD122007-06-16 Flag of Turkey.svg Atatürk Sport Hall, Ankara, TurkeyLost WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win27–3 Flag of Australia.svg Bob Mirovic UD3 (12), 1:532006-11-10 Flag of Germany.svg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, GermanyRetained WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win26–3 Flag of Mexico.svg Saul Montana UD3 (12), 1:532006-07-29 Flag of Germany.svg König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyRetained WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win25–3 Flag of Brazil.svg George Arias UD3 (12), 1:532006-04-08 Flag of Germany.svg Ostseehalle, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, GermanyWon WBC International Heavyweight title.
loss24–3 Flag of Russia.svg Oleg Maskaev UD122005-11-12 Flag of Germany.svg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Lost WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win24–2 Flag of Uganda.svg Okello Peter UD3 (12), 1:532005-06-11 Flag of Germany.svg BigBox, Kempten, Bayern, GermanyRetained WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win23–2 Flag of the United States.svg Lawrence Clay Bey UD9 (12), 2:012005-02-12 Flag of Germany.svg Max-Schmeling-Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, GermanyRetained WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win22–2 Flag of Russia.svg Denis Bakhtov TKO10 (12) 0:482004-11-20 Flag of Germany.svg BigBox, Kempten, Bayern, GermanyWon WBC International Heavyweight title.
Win21–2 Flag of Belarus.svg Siarhei Dychkou TKO5 (10), 1:282004-09-04 Flag of Germany.svg Grugahalle, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win20–2 Flag of the United States.svg Doug Liggion KO2 (12), 2:042004-07-24 Flag of Germany.svg Brandenburg Halle, Frankfurt (Oder), Brandenburg, Germany
Win19–2 Flag of Latvia.svg Edgars Kalnars KO7 (12), ?2004-06-05 Flag of Germany.svg Chemnitz Arena, Chemnitz, Sachsen, Germany
loss18–2 Flag of Germany.svg Luan Krasniqi UD(12)2004-02-14 Flag of Germany.svg Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, GermanyLost EBU Heavyweight title.EBU Heavyweight Title. 115-113, 116-113, 114-114.}
loss18–1 Flag of Cuba.svg Juan Carlos Gómez UD9 (12), 1:292003-09-27 Flag of the United States.svg HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York, United States]]
Win18–0 Flag of England.svg Julius FrancisTKO122003-04-26 Flag of Germany.svg Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GermanyRetained EBU Heavyweight title.
Win17–0 Flag of England.svg Danny WilliamsTKO8 (12), 2:082003-02-08 Flag of Germany.svg Estrel Convention Center, Neukölln, Berlin, GermanyRetained EBU Heavyweight title.
Win16–0 Flag of Poland.svg Przemysław Saleta TKO1 (12), 0:452002-10-12 Flag of Germany.svg Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GermanyWon EBU Heavyweight title.
Win15–0 Flag of Poland.svg Roman BugajKO2 (10), 2:552002-07-20 Flag of Germany.svg Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany
Win14–0 Flag of the United States.svg Thomas WilliamsKO2 (10), 1:092002-03-16 Flag of Germany.svg Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
Win13–0 Flag of the United States.svg Chris IsaacPTS3 (6), 3:002001-12-08 Flag of Germany.svg König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
Win12–0 Flag of Cameroon.svg Henry Kolle NjumeTKO1 (6), 1:362001-11-03 Flag of Germany.svg Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany
Win11–0 Flag of Montenegro.svg Ratko DraskovicPTS5 (12), 2:532001-09-29 Flag of Germany.svg Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany]]
Win10–0 Flag of Ukraine.svg Yuriy YelistratovPTS3 (8), 2:462001-07-21 Flag of Germany.svg Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany
Win9–0 Flag of Ukraine.svg Stanyslav TovkachovTKO1 (6)2001-06-16 Flag of Hungary.svg Kisstadion, Budapest, Hungary
Win8–0 Flag of France.svg Denis EdwigeTKO1 (10)2001-05-05 Flag of Germany.svg Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, Germany
Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Willie ChapmanPTS4 (6)2001-02-10 Flag of Germany.svg Estrel Convention Centre, Neukölln, Berlin, Germany
Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Bradley RoneKO1 (6)2000-12-05 Flag of Germany.svg Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Win5–0 Flag of Slovakia.svg Vlado SzaboTKO1 (6), 0:542000-10-14 Flag of Germany.svg Kölnarena, Cologne, Germany
Win4–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Eduardo Antonio CarranzaPTS2 (4), 2:092000-10-01 Flag of Germany.svg Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Win3–0 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Daniel JerlingPTS1 (6), 2:422000-06-23 Flag of Hungary.svg FTC Stadium, Budapest, Hungary
Win2–0 Flag of Hungary.svg Alex KosztopuloszPTS4 (4), 0:542000-05-06 Flag of Germany.svg Swissôtel, Neuss, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win1–0 Flag of Slovakia.svg Frantisek SuminaKO2 (4), 3:002000-04-15 Flag of Germany.svg Preussag Arena, Hanover, Germany Sinan Samil Sam professional debut.


  1. 1 2 3 Boxrec. "Sinan Samil Sam". Boxrec Fighter Page. Retrieved 5 January 2009.