The World Boxing Council is in mourning, for charismatic Turkish/German heavyweight Sinan Samil Sam, who’s died aged just forty one.
Sinan Samil Sam, nicknamed “The Bull of the Bosprous” was the fighter with the huge fists and the big heart. He died of liver failure. He’s been fighting a hard, long and courageous battle against alcoholism, needing a liver transplant, but a match from a doner couldn’t be found in time.
His loyal manager, promoter long time friend Ahmet Oner wrote: “My dear Brother, just passed away. RIP. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.”
Sinan captured the hearts of many fans in a spectacular career, which was successful, but promised so much more. Born in Frankfurt on June 23rd 1974 to Turkish Parents, as a youngster he won The Turkish Amateur Championship nine times. In 1999 he won the World Championship in the super heavyweight división in Houston.
Sinan turned pro in 2000, winning his first 18 fights. In a career which saw him win the WBC Mediterreanean Title and the WBC International Crown, as well as the EBU title twice. Sinan Samil Sam defeated Danny Williams, Julius Francis, Lawrence Clay Bay and Paolo Vidoz. In 35 fights, he won 31 times, with sixteen KO’s and just four defeats. He was never KO’d.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sinan Samil Sam. He’ll never be forgotten. Rest in Peace dear friend.