Taurus Sykes

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Taurus Sykes
Statistics
Real name Taurus Jabbar Sykes
Nickname(s) The Bull
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m)
Reach 71 in (180.3 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1975-05-20) May 20, 1975 (age 39)
Brooklyn, New York U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 25
Wins by KO 7
Losses 5
Draws 1
No contests 0

Taurus Jabbar Sykes, (born May 20, 1975) is a professional boxer. He has been fighting as a heavyweight, and has fought against several contenders, and currently holds a record of 25-5-1.

Overview[edit]

Sykes who hails from Brooklyn is nicknamed "The Bull", due to his first name turned pro in 1998. Taurus Sykes is from the Rutland Rd./the 90'z section of Brooklyn, NY. He is also the cousin of Floyd Smith another Brooklyn resident from 90'z. He lost his 13th fight to unbeaten Owen Beck but that remained his only blemish on his record for a while in that he beat the likes of Israel Garcia (record 10-0), Charles Hatcher (15-2), Talmadge Griffis (21-1-3) and Sherman Williams to climb up the ladder. He drew with former Cruiser title holder Imamu Mayfield then beat Jovo Pudar (21-1) and even fringe contender Friday Ahunanya (20-2-1) in 2005. His only problem was his lack of power as only 7 of his first 25 wins have come the short route.

Undefeated KO artist Samuel Peter was the first to knock him out but lightly regarded southpaw Derek Bryant (18-4-1) also scored a TKO effectively ending any hopes of becoming a contender.

Former two-time heavyweight champ Hasim Rahman beat him in a 10-round decision. He was knocked out by IBF #1 contender Alexander Povetkin in Moscow on July 19, 2008.

He has not fought in a year.

Professional boxing record[edit]

25 Wins (7 knockouts, 18 decisions), 7 Losses (4 knockouts, 3 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 19-0-1 United States Seth Mitchell KO 5 11/12/2010 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada Sykes knocked out at 1:42 of the fifth round.
Loss 8-14-1 United States Joseph Rabotte SD 8 28/10/2010 United States Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina
Loss 15-0 Russia Alexander Povetkin TKO 4 19/07/2008 Russia Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov, Moscow Oblast Referee stopped the bout at 1:43 of the fourth round.
Loss 41-6-2 United States Hasim Rahman UD 10 14/06/2007 United States Main Street Armory, Rochester, New York WBC NABF Heavyweight Title. 93-95, 90-98, 91-97.
Win 5-7-2 United States Patrick Smith KO 3 01/12/2006 United States Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Loss 18-4-1 United States Derek Bryant TKO 4 21/04/2006 United States Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, Augusta, Georgia Referee stopped the bout at 1:57 of the fourth round.
Win 6-4-1 United States Domonic Jenkins UD 8 03/03/2006 United States La Villita Assembly Hall, San Antonio, Texas 78-74, 78-74, 77-75.
Loss 23-0 Nigeria Samuel Peter KO 2 02/07/2005 United States Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada WBC NABF/IBF USBA/WBA NABA Heavyweight Titles. Sykes knocked out at 2:07 of the second round.
Win 20-2-1 Nigeria Friday Ahunanya UD 12 11/03/2005 United States Lea County Events Center, Hobbs, New Mexico WBA NABA Heavyweight Title. 116-112, 115-113, 118-110.
Win 15-25 Ivory Coast Onebo Maxime TKO 2 10/12/2004 United States Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico Referee stopped the bout at 2:22 of the second round.
Win 21-1 Serbia Jovo Pudar UD 10 21/02/2004 United States City Center Pavilion, Reno, Nevada 97-93, 98-92, 96-94.
Draw 23-4-1 United States Imamu Mayfield PTS 10 07/06/2003 United States Flamingo Laughlin, Laughlin, Nevada 95-95, 95-95, 95-95.
Win 20-6-1 The Bahamas Sherman "Caribbean Tank" Williams UD 10 20/10/2002 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington 98-92, 97-93, 96-94.
Win 18-1-2 United States James "Hurricane" Walton MD 10 07/06/2002 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada 97-91, 95-94, 94-94.
Win 21-1-3 United States Talmadge Griffis UD 8 17/03/2002 United States Gold Country Casino, Oroville, California 79-73, 78-74, 78-76.
Win 13-12-1 United States Willie Chapman UD 8 12/01/2002 United States Flamingo Laughlin, Laughlin, Nevada 79-72, 79-72, 79-72.
Win 8-11-1 United States Sean Williams UD 6 13/10/2001 United States Stateline, Nevada
Win 4-2-3 United States Todd Diggs UD 6 28/09/2001 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 15-2 United States Charles "Buddy" Hatcher UD 6 25/08/2001 United States Flamingo Laughlin, Laughlin, Nevada
Win 10-0 Puerto Rico Israel Carlos Garcia UD 6 29/04/2001 United States Club Amazura, Jamaica, Queens
Loss 6-0 Jamaica Owen Beck UD 6 07/10/2000 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 10-7-2 United States Larry Carlisle UD 6 29/06/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
Win 4-8 Cuba Lazaro Almanza UD 6 27/04/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
Win 7-6 United States Marcus Johnson TKO 4 31/03/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
Win 7-10 United States Kevin Rosier PTS 4 24/02/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
Win 2-5 United States Willie Kyles TKO 1 27/01/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
Win 1-3 United States Michael Morrell KO 2 29/07/1999 United States Atlanta, Georgia
Win 4-0 United States Drexie James KO 6 18/06/1999 United States Old West Palm Beach National Guard Armory, West Palm Beach, Florida James knocked out at 2:18 of the sixth round.
Win 6-14-2 Puerto Rico Miguel Otero Ocasio UD 6 09/04/1999 United States Sons of Italy, West Palm Beach, Florida
Win 2-0 United States Edward Slater UD 4 12/03/1999 United States Venice Sports Center, Venice, Florida
Win -- United States Essene Felciano TKO 3 20/11/1998 United States Ocala Livestock Pavilion, Ocala, Florida Referee stopped the bout at 1:22 of the third round.
Win 1-1 United States Eddy Martinez UD 4 07/11/1998 United States Sons of Italy, Lake Worth, Florida
Win 1-4 United States Sam Williams UD 4 12/09/1998 United States Sons of Italy, Lake Worth, Florida

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