Ismail Sillakh

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Ismail Sillakh
Real name Ісмаїл Сіллах
Weight(s) Light Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Nationality Ukraine Ukrainian
Born (1985-02-09) February 9, 1985 (age 32)
Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 29
Wins 25
Wins by KO 19
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0
Ismail Sillakh
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Representing  Ukraine
World Amateur Championships
Silver medal – second place 2005 Mianyang Middleweight
European Amateur Championships
Silver medal – second place 2006 Plovdiv Light Heavyweight

Ismail Sillakh (born February 9, 1985 in Zaporizhia) is a Ukrainian professional boxer who has medaled in important international tournaments as an amateur.

Amateur career[edit]

Ismail Sillakh was born in Zaporizhia, then he moved with his family to Industrial city of Mariupol (one of most important port cities in Ukraine) His parents — Mohammad of Sierra Leone and Natalya, a Ukraine native—met in college and had no particular connection to boxing but he took up the sport at a local recreation center at age seven and quickly discovered that he had the athletic ability to excel at it. In Mariupol he went to the boxing club of City's Metal Construction Factory of the name of Lenin. He was trained by one of the best city's boxing coaches. In Ismayl's career has played big role his old brother Adjick Sillakh. Adjick Sillakh was for years one of the best masters in Ukrainian amateur boxing, Ismayl gained good experience by boxing with his older brother Adjick. He began competing at age nine and was recognized as one of Ukraine’s better amateurs a few years later before establishing himself as one of Europe’s premier open-class boxers. Ismayl Sillakh had been a world-ranked amateur for two years going into the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago where he lost a close and spirited slug-fest to the more mature Christopher Downs.[1]

Amateur highlights[edit]

Amateur Record: 302-16

2001 (October 11–21) Gold Medalist World Cadet Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, boxing as a Welterweight (67 kg):

  • Round of 16 - Defeated Robert Blazo (Slovakia)
  • Quarterfinal - Defeated Rodriguez (Cuba)
  • Semifinal - Defeated Artur Beterbiyev (Russia)
  • Final - Defeated Elchin Alizade (Azerbaijan)

2005 (November 13–20) Silver Medalist World Championships in Mianyang, China, boxing as a Middleweight (75 kg):

  • Round of 32 - Defeated Nabil Kassel (Algeria) RSCI
  • Round of 16 - Defeated Donatas Bondorovas (Lithuania) RSCI 1
  • Quarterfinal - Defeated Mamadou Diambang (France) RSCO
  • Semifinal - Defeated Mohamed Hikal (Egypt) 28-22
  • Final - Lost to Matvey Korobov (Russia) RSCO 2

2006 (July 14–23) Silver Medalist European Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, boxing as a Light-Heavyweight (81 kg):

  • Round of 32 - Defeated David Tsiklauri (Georgia) RSC 1
  • Round of 16 - Defeated Andrey Miruk (Belarus) RSCO 2
  • Quarterfinal - Defeated Imre Szello (Hungary) RSCI 1
  • Semifinal - Defeated Constantin Bejenaru (Romania) RSCO 3
  • Final - Lost to Artur Beterbiyev (Russia) 23-34


As a pro he is managed by Ivaylo Gotzev and trained by Shadeed Suluki. In 2010 he KOd Daniel Judah for his first minor title (NABF), in 2011 he beat the undefeated Cuban Yordanis Despaigne by unanimous decision. After 17 wins he suffered a setback against undefeated but unsung Denis Grachev, after scoring a knockdown he got careless in the 8th round and Grachev knocked him out, Sillakh's chin looked somewhat suspect. He has won four comeback bouts to go to 21-1, but was knocked out by Sergey Kovalev in the second round of their title bout, leaving Sillakh with two career losses.

Professional boxing record[edit]

25 Wins (19 Knockouts), 4 Defeats, 0 Draws[2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 25–4 Poland Mateusz Masternak UD 10 2017-06-24 Poland Ergo Arena, Gdańsk, Poland
next fights
Win 23-2 Georgia (country) Giorgi Tevdorashvili TKO 1 (8), 2:17 2015-10-31 Ukraine Circus, Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
Win 22-2 Latvia Arturs Kulikauskis UD 8 2015-06-13 Ukraine Budivelnik, Cherkasy, Ukraine
Loss 21-2 Russia Sergey Kovalev KO 2 (12) 2:12 2013-11-30 Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec For WBO Light Heavyweight title
Win 21-1 Russia Konstantin Piternov RTD 6 (10), 3:00 2013-08-24 Ukraine Donbass Arena, Donetsk
Win 20-1 Mexico Alvaro Enriquez KO 1 (8), 1:58 2013-06-28 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California
Win 19-1 United States Mitch Williams UD 10 2013-03-30 United States Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California
Win 18-1 Ghana Daniel Adotey Allotey KO 2 (10), 2:06 2013-02-23 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California
Loss 17-1 Russia Denis Grachev TKO 8 (10), 2:18 2012-04-27 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas Lost NABF Light Heavyweight title
Win 17-0 Azerbaijan Ali Ismailov TKO 4 (10), 2:06 2011-11-04 Russia Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow
Win 16-0 Sweden Hamza Wandera TKO 3 (10), 2:03 2011-05-21 Russia Sport Complex Krylatskoe, Moscow
Win 15-0 Cuba Yordanis Despaigne UD 10 2011-03-04 United States Jostens Center, Lake Buena Vista, Florida Retained NABF Light Heavyweight title
Win 14-0 United States Rayco Saunders UD 10 2010-12-17 United States Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Win 13-0 Latvia Jevgenijs Andrejevs TKO 5 (8) 2010-10-09 Bulgaria National Palace of Culture, Sofia
Win 12-0 United States Daniel Judah TKO 2 (10), 0:49 2010-04-03 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant NABF Light Heavyweight title
Win 11-0 United States Larry Pryor TKO 4 (6), 0:47 2010-02-06 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Win 10-0 United States Julius Jackson TKO 1 (6), 1:27 2010-01-16 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9-0 United States Ray Smith TKO 2 (6), 1:55 2009-08-15 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8-0 Canada David Whittom TKO 6 (6), 2:25 2009-05-09 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7-0 United States Carlos Reyes TKO 3 (6), 1:42 2009-03-27 United States Nokia Theater, Los Angeles, California
Win 6-0 Mexico Jose Humberto Corral TKO 2 (4), 1:13 2008-12-20 United States Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California
Win 5-0 United States Dewayne Warren TKO 1 (6), 0:54 2008-11-07 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois
Win 4-0 Georgia (country) Armen Azizian UD 6 2008-10-11 Germany O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, Berlin
Win 3-0 United States Walter Edwards TKO 1 (4) 2008-08-15 United States Ibiza Nightclub, Washington, District of Columbia
Win 2-0 United States Jose Grace KO 1 (4), 1:01 2008-07-24 United States 4th and B, San Diego, California
Win 1-0 United States Matt Halvorsen KO 1 (4), 1:18 2008-07-18 United States Buffalo Bill's, Primm, Nevada Professional Debut


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