Akın Kuloğlu

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Akın Kuloğlu (born February 6, 1972 – August 20, 2001) was a Georgian-born Turkish boxer who competed in the men's middleweight division (75 kg) at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[1] Shortly after the games, Kuloğlu moved to the United States, and worked as a taxi cab driver in Chicago suburbs.

He was born in Kutaisi. On August 20, 2001, he was killed in a taxi cab crash in Des Plaines, Illinois.[2]

Olympic Games[edit]

1996 (as a light welterweight under Georgia)

  • Defeated Ricardo Araneda (Chile) 10–3
  • Lost to Mohamed Bahari (Algeria) 5–8

2000 (as a light welterweight under Turkey)

  • Defeated Mariano Carrera (Argentina) – won after the referee stopped the contest for outscoring
  • Defeated Im Jung-Bin (South Korea) – his opponent retired on the fourth and final round
  • Lost to Vugar Alakparov (Azerbaijan) 8–18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Akin Kuloğlu". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Des Plaines crash kills taxi driver". The Chicago Tribune. 21 August 2001. Retrieved 29 October 2012.