Taurus Sykes

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Taurus Sykes
Statistics
Real name Taurus Jabbar Sykes
Nickname(s) The Bull
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Reach 71 in (180.3 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1975-05-20) May 20, 1975 (age 41)
Brooklyn, New York U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 25
Wins by KO 7
Losses 6
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 25-6-1. He turned pro in 1998.

Overview[edit]

Sykes, who hails from Brooklyn, is nicknamed "The Bull", due to his first name. Specifically, he hails from the Rutland Rd./the 90'z section of Brooklyn. 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.

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.
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
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.
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
Draw 23-4-1 United States Imamu Mayfield PTS 10 07/06/2003 United States Flamingo Laughlin, Laughlin, Nevada
Win 20-6-1 The Bahamas Sherman "Caribbean Tank" Williams UD 10 20/10/2002 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Win 18-1-2 United States James "Hurricane" Walton MD 10 07/06/2002 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 21-1-3 United States Talmadge Griffis UD 8 17/03/2002 United States Gold Country Casino, Oroville, California
Win 13-12-1 United States Willie Chapman UD 8 12/01/2002 United States Flamingo Laughlin, Laughlin, Nevada
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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