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Luan KrasniqiStuttgart, Germany. 14th February 2004. Kosovan heavyweight, Luan 'The Rotweiler' Krasniqi, 26-1(14) surprised a few pundits last night coming away with a twelve round majority decision over defending European heavyweight champion, Sinan Samil Sam. It was Samil Sam's second loss in a row as he struggled to land clean on Krasniqi. Many rounds were hard to call but it was Krasniqi with the crisper work late on that stole the show with scores of 114-114; 115-113 and 116-113. The win means the thirty-two year old's career is very much back on since he suffered his only defeat via an eight round retirement from Polish veteran Przemyslaw Saleta in July 2002. Since then Krasniqi has won six straight and avenged that loss in with a one round demolition job over Saleta. Former World Amatuer champ, Sinan Samil Sam drops to 18-2. On the undercard, useful 6'7" Ukrainian prospect Alexander 'Baby Face' Dimitrenko pummelled South African Sam Ubokane to a fifth round stoppage. Also present was Swedish up-and-comer Aldo Colliander who wasted little time in stopping Hungarian journeyman Viktor Juhász in one round. 
Salzburg, Austria, 1st August 2003. On August 9, undefeated WBF heavyweight champion Richel Hersisia will make his first defence – only 12 weeks after winning the vacant crown – on unlikely soil in Salzburg, Austria against Finnish challenger Sami ‘The Bull’ Elovaara. Having fought eight of his 19 pro fights in Denmark, the Dutchman of Curacao origin is a well-known commodity in Scandinavia and thusly a highly logical opponent for the stocky Helsinki banger. Hersisia better known in Denmark and the Carribean island Curacao than in the big geographical hotbeds of the sport, is unnerved at the challenge of the Finnish Bull. "I’ll just do the fighting in the ring. Let him worry about me…but looking at his record, he simply hasn’t fought the calibre of opponents that I have, I mean some of them can almost be described as bums. He’s not worrying me, I will go out and kick his ass." said Hersisia in an interview with Henrik Risum.  On asked if the Finnish puncher was Hersisia's biggest test to date, Richel responded "I honestly don’t think he’ll be my biggest challenge. Sure every fight is different and I respect Sami, but that’s it. As for his best weapon, like I said, let him worry about me. " For the full interview Click Here
Reno, Nevada, USA. 26th May 2003. It wasn't pretty, but Swedish heavyweight Attila 'The Hun' Levin took a ten round unanimous decision at he weekend over Fernely Feliz in the main event at the Reno Hilton's Silver State Pavilion. For a big man, Levin showed good movement and decent handspeed, but the Heavyweight Explosion favourite just couldn't put together anything meaningful enough to have his Dominican Republic opponent in any danger. Feliz, was deducted a point by referee Norm Budden in the tenth round for excessive holding, but simply seemed happy to go the distance with the US based Swede. Levin got the nod from the judges with scores of 100-89, 98-92, 97-92. "We could've done more to mix it up." said Levin after the fight. Whenever I decided to jab, I hit him. He had a bloody nose. I don't know why I didn't commit more to the jab." On the undercard, Canadian puncher Patrice L'Heureux pummelled Hawaii heavyweight Tali Kuliha'apai with rights to the head and a lefts to the body before eventually stopping his opponent after 1:25 of round three. It was L'Heureux's ninth win from ten fights.
Schwerin, Germany. 27th April 2003. Sinan Samil Sam made his second successful defence of his European title last night with a stoppage of former British champion, Julius Francis. The 38-year-old Londoner was dumped on the canvas twice in front of 4,000 fans in Schwerin, Germany, and the fight was stopped in the seventh round. But he had no complaints and said of Germany-based Sam: "He's a good champion. "He's very young. I got hit very hard on the rips and everything was okay. "I want to dedicate this fight to my sister, who is in hospital. I tried to win this one for her but the loss was okay." Sam, the heavy-handed 'Bull of Bosphorus', held the upper hand throughout as he made his second defence but rarely threatened the defensive-minded Francis before two knock-downs in the seventh round. He hit with a flurry of hard punches to head and body and Francis went down with one minute 56 seconds to go in the seventh. The Brit scrambled back to his feet but would soon made a second visit to the canvas. Sam put him down with another hard series with 1min 26secs to go and the referee eventually stopped the contest with 1min 14secs left in the round. The bout began at a relatively slow pace, although Sam was the more aggressive. "Sinan is a strong guy and in the end landed a body shot with maximum effort," added Francis. 
Berlin, Germany. 9th February 2003. Former Amateur champ, Sinan Samil Sam spectacularly retained his European heavyweight title tonight, dropping Danny Williams twice before the referee waved it off in the closing seconds of round six. Samil Sam showed impressive punching power as he persistently walked through Williams' jab to sting the world ranked British champ. It looked bleak for Williams in the fourth round when he was dropped twice, first from a right hook and then with a left cross from the Turk, a former world amateur champion. Williams also bizarrely was dealt a standing eight count in the following round. Bizarre because it wasn't in effect for the fight. It was a sickener for Williams who looked on course for a world title shot in the next twelve months with WBO king Wladimir Klitschko. Samil Sam may now take that opportunity, with no contractual problems from being managed by Klitschko's promoters Universum. The Turk from Ankara, who holds a victory over Olympic champ Audley Harrison now sports a record of  17-0(10), while Williams drops to 27-2(22) 
Barbados. 24th January 2003. Dutch heavyweight hope Richel Hersisia, who is scheduled to appear in the co-feature of a boxing extravaganza on March 15 on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean is again without an opponent. Balkan champion Ratko Draskovic, 27-3-2 (15), was pencilled in to give the undefeated 16-0 (13) Hersisia his toughest test to date, but according to his manager Dr. Miroslav Popovic changed his mind after talking to common opponent Drazen Ordulj. The Croat was outpointed over 10 rounds by Draskovic in his last fight in a successful defence of his Balkan crown, but swept aside effortlessly by Hersisia in three rounds in just the fifth fight of the Dutchman’s pro career. “Money is not the problem. He talked to Ordulj on the phone and was told that Hersisia will knock him out in a few rounds. I think after this, Ratko’s career is over,” said the respected manager from Belgrade. Hersisia’s manager Olaf Schroeder is disappointed, but says that these kind of problems will surely not surface for the last time: “Now there’s no more hiding the fact that Richel is one of Europe’s best heavyweight prospects. Draskovic fought the two most recent European champions, Przemyslaw Saleta and Sinan Samil Sam, without hesitation – but when he heard about Richel’s reputation, his balls suddenly became microcosmic. This guy is a shame to his profession.” (Olaf Schröder)
Berlin, Germany. 12th January 2003. Commonwealth heavyweight champ, Danny Williams will challenge German-based Turk Sinan Samil Sam for the European heavyweight crown in Berlin, Germany on February 8. Samil Sam, who seized the crown from Pzemyslaw Saleta last year has won sixteen straight since he turned pro. It is understood Williams was on the shortlist to challenge WBO king Wladimir Klitschko next, but with the Ukrainian preferring an opponent better known in the US, namely Fres Oquendo or Kirk Johnson, a European title alternative made sense. Williams is coming off a domestic challenge by the underrated Keith Long last September, where the Brixton man showed grit to work his way back into the fight after a shaky first few rounds. The fight is expected to be shown on the BBC, on the same card as a fellow British prospect, Audley Harrison who makes his ninth professional outing of his career. Samil Sam holds a victory in the amateurs over Audley 'A-Force' Harrison, a fight which lead to the Turk lifting the World Amateur Championship. (PHOTO: MR WILL)
Schwerin, Germany. 13th October 2002. Former amateur star, Sinan Samil Sam lifted the European heavyweight title last night in Schwerin, Germany with a seventh round tko over Polish veteran, Przemyslaw Saleta. After an even opening round, the German-based Turkish heavyweight took control of the fight, beating Saleta to the punch and slipping most of what the Pole put together. Saleta looked in trouble in the sixth as Samil Sam upped a gear and had to take a count as the challenger landed with heavy right hands. Referee, Dave Parris let it go but waved it off in the seventh after Saleta was dropped for the third time. It was the Turks sixteenth success in as many fights, with nine coming via knockout. Saleta drops to 41-5. On the undercard, Alexander Dimitrenko had little trouble with American journeyman Alphonzo Davis, stopping him in a round. Elsewhere Dutch puncher, Richel Hersisia likened to Sonny Liston, blew away grossly outgunned Nigerian Chris Sirengo in three rounds. 
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