Former European champion Samil Sam in critical condition

Published 21.12.2010 00:00
Updated 19.01.2011 11:41

Former two-time European heavyweight champion Sinan Samil Sam is in intensive care in a hospital in Istanbul after suffering liver failure, his Hamburg-based promoters said Tuesday.

The 36-year-old German-born Turkish boxer was admitted last week after vomiting blood. He is in a critical condition and urgently needs a liver transplant, Arena promotions said, quoting the boxer's doctor.

Sam was amateur super heavyweight world champion in 1999 and European heavyweight champion as a professional between 2002 and 2004 and in 2008. He had not fought since winning the EBU heavyweight title over Italian Paolo Vidoz in July 2008.

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