Sinan Şamil Sam Passes Away

By Ted Sares on November 1, 2015
Sinan Şamil Sam Passes Away
Sam first entered intensive care after he was hospitalized for liver failure five years ago.

While he never reached the top, he was a rough load for any opponent as he possessed a great right hand and iron jaw…

“We are at the point where words fail. I am too sad.”—Alparsian Sam

Turkey’s heavyweight boxing champion Sinan Şamil Sam, who was known as “Bull of the Bosporus,” has died of liver failure in Istanbul, his grief-stricken brother, Alparslan Sam, informed reporters on Friday.

The former boxing champ had been suffering from liver problems for many years. He passed away at the Marmara University Pendik Training Research Hospital in Istanbul at the age of 41. He will be buried in Ankara on Saturday.

Sinan was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1974. He won several secondary boxing titles during his career. He was crowned the Junior World Champion in 1992 and was European Champion in 1993 and in 1999. He also won the world intercontinental heavyweight boxing champion title in 2004. His final mark was a fine 31-4 and he was the first Turkish boxer to win a European title above 140 lbs.

While he never reached the top, he was a rough load for any opponent as he possessed a great right hand and iron jaw. In fact, three of his four defeats were to world champions and he never suffered a stoppage loss. Perhaps his greatest win was a slaughter stoppage of a prime Danny Williams (27-1 coming in) in 2003 in Berlin. See: His last fight was in 2008, fittingly in Ankara when he won a close decision over Paolo Vidoz.

Sam first entered intensive care after he was hospitalized for liver failure five years ago due to excessive alcohol consumption that left him in need of a liver transplant. Unfortunately, he died before the transplant could be made.

May God grant Sinan Şamil Sam eternal comfort and peace.

Michael Jones gives Sam a fine tribute in:

Ted Sares is one of the world’s oldest active power lifters and holds several world and North American records. He enjoys writing about boxing.

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  1. Strongman 06:36am, 11/05/2015

    To die of liver failure due to alcholism is a horrible death and very painful for the family that had to endure it and it was not something that just started especially at his age I remember the boxing fans always commenting on his unathletic looking physique but he was a tough SOB. May he rest in peace and God bless his family.

  2. kb 05:15pm, 11/02/2015

    thank you Reverend Hassler

  3. Tex Hassler 05:04pm, 11/02/2015

    We will be praying for Sam’s family.

  4. bikermike 12:58pm, 11/02/2015

    It is always sad to see a man of this age leave us before his time.

    Thoughts and prayers to ‘Sam’s
    family and friends.

  5. KB 09:09am, 11/02/2015

    Evet, Arkadaş.

  6. Dollarbond 08:56am, 11/02/2015


    Do you speak the Turk language?

  7. KB 03:18pm, 11/01/2015

    Guy from Missouri fights a guy from Kiev. That equals a mismatch 10 out of 10 times.

  8. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:13pm, 11/01/2015

    Another effed up mismatch! Luteran actually blinded himself by covering his face with with his left glove…..there was no way in hell he could see that right from Khytrov that almost took his head off.

  9. KB 12:22pm, 11/01/2015

    Yes. He was in the hospital for years before he died.

    Huzur içinde yatsın,  Çok yaşayın

  10. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:18pm, 11/01/2015

    Ted Sares-I’ve found through many years experience that by and large the guys who can drink everyone else under the table are the ones who invariably end up with cirrhosis….you know that he suffered terribly at the end….God rest his soul.

  11. KB 12:09pm, 11/01/2015

    Absolutely on the money Eric. Weightlifting (and power lifting) is very big in each of those countries,

  12. Eric 11:10am, 11/01/2015

    My father fought in the Korean War and would tell me that the Turk soldiers weren’t to be toyed with, fierce fighters according to my father. Read that the Turks are indeed talented wrestlers, and that oil wrestling is a big in Turkey. Wrestling seems to be preferred in that part of the world over boxing. Iran, India, Turkey, etc., all produce great wrestlers.

  13. KB 09:39am, 11/01/2015

    Yes, to a tiny degree. That is so. I am told that is where I get my physical strength. Don’t but I do know they are very, very strong power lifters and also Greco-Roman wrestlers.

  14. Big Wally 09:31am, 11/01/2015

    Fellow Turk, eh Ted?

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