5'2" junior flyweight Hülya Şahin (a.k.a. Julia "Sunshine" Sahin) was
born on February 23, 1974 in Siegen, Germany. She now lives in Cologne,
where she is trained by Michael Timm.
She fought for Turkey as an amateur boxer from 1998 to 2003, quickly becoming
one of the most successful members of the national team.
She won the gold medal in the 51-kg division of the 1998 Witch Cup competition
On June 12, 1999 in the 48-kg final of the European Cup for Women in Köping,
Sweden, Hülya defeated Elefteria Palaiologou of Greece by a 13-3 score.
On April 9, 2000 in the final of the second European Women's Cup at the Palais des Sports in Mâcon, France,
Hülya Şahin defeated Aroussia Hadjam of France.
On April 14, 2001 in the European Championships in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, France
Hülya Şahin defeated Vanessa Berteaux (France) to win the 48-kg division.
In the inaugural AIBA World Amateur Women's Championships at the Scranton High
School, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA in November/December 2001, Hülya won the 106-lb (48 kg) division
with an 8-6 decision over Monika Czik of Hungary in the preliminary round
on November 28, followed by an 11-4 decision over Carina Moreno of
Watsonville, California, USA in the
semi-final on November 30 and a 13-5 decision over 18-year-old
M. C. Merykom of India
in the final on December 2.
In the 48-kg division of the 2003 European Championship in Pecs, Hungary,
Hülya defeated Laura Tosti of Italy by a 23-7 score in the semi-final on May 15, 2003
and Monika Csik of Hungary by a 13-6 margin in the final on May 16, 2003.
made her professional boxing debut on January 17, 2004 at DM-Arena in Karlsruhe, Germany,
easily winning a four-round unanimous decision over
Gabriella Insperger of Salonta, Romania, who fell to
0-4-0. According to Women's Boxing Page writer Ewan Whyte, "(Insperger) seemed to be coming
forwards quickly and aggressively the whole time only to get caught by quite hard punches from a
far classier opponent. Sahin, who models her counter-punching style on
that of Roy Jones Jr and was making her pro debut at the age of 28 (or was
it 27?) totally outclassed her, winning all four rounds and displaying a
varied arsenal of shots, including (at one point) a rather nice uppercut."
On March 20, 2004 at Saaltheater Geulen in
Aachen, Germany, she won a four-round unanimous decision over pro debuter
On May 29, 2004 at Ostseehalle in Kiel,
Germany, she TKO'd Anca Popovic (above) in the fourth round of a
scheduled six-rounder. Popovic fell to 0-4 with the loss.
On July 3, 2004 in Stadthalle in Hattersheim, Germany,
Hülya Sahin won a four-round decision over Oksana Romanova if Minsk, Ukraine who
fell to 2-2-1 (0 KO's).
On July 17, 2004 at Stadthalle in Zwickau,
Germany, she won a six-round unanimous decision over Pavla Stankeova of
Opava, Czech Republic, who fell to
On Spetember 18, 200 at
Wilhelm-Dopatka-Halle in Leverkusen, Küppersteg, Germany Hülya (110 lbs) won a
six-round decision over Iliana Boneva of Bulgaria, who fell to 0-5 with the
On October 16, 2004 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany, Hülya won an eight-round unanimous decision over Svetla Taskova
of Sofia, Bulgaria,
who fell to 4-9-1.
On Saturday, 15th January, 2005 at Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany
Hülya (112 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (99-91,100-90,100-90) decision
over Maya Frenzel (5' 5½", 111½ lbs) of Karlsruhe, Germany for the German Flyweight Title. Ewan Whyte wrote that
there was a vast gulf in technique and athleticism between Hülya Şahin and Maja Frenzel,
but despite that, Sahin hadn’t the power to put her away. Neither woman lives from boxing, but whereas
with her long amateur experience, knows exactly what’s she doing in the ring (what Michael Timms tells her, most
of the time, it should be said) and really looks the part as a professional, Frenzel did rather look like
someone for whom boxing was just a whim. One of those incomprehensible whims that have people asking: “Why on
earth does she do it?” Frenzel fell to 5-4-0 with the loss.
On March 5, 2005 at Wilhelm-Dopatka-Halle, Leverkusen, Küppersteg, Germany
Hülya (110 lbs) TKO'd Viktoria Varga (111¼ lbs) of Budapest, Hungary at 0:56
in the fifth round, dropping Varga's record to 11-11-2 (0 KO's)
May 28, 2005 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany
Hülya (110 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (79-75,77-75,79-73)
Marianne Chubirka (112½ lbs) of Vero Beach, Florida, USA.
Chubirka fell to 3-2-0
On July 2, 2005 in Hamburg, Germany, Hülya defeated Oksana Romanova
(5' 4½", 110¼ lbs) of Minsk, Belarus with an eight round unanimous (79-73,79-73,77-75) decision. Romanova fell to 4-6-1.
On October 15, 2005 at the Mehrzweckhalle, Düsseldorf, Germany, Hülya (110¾ lbs)
won a 10-round unanimous (96-94,98-92,98-92) decision over
Daniela Graff (111 lbs) of Karlsruhe, Germany for the German Flyweight title.
Graff fell to 3-4-1 (1 KO).
On December 3, 2005 at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany,
Hülya Sahin (111¼ lbs) won a
10-round uananimous (100-91,100-90,100-91) decision over Stephanie Dobbs
(111¼ lbs) of Moore, Oklahoma, USA for the vacant WIBF Inter-Continental Flyweight
title. Dobbs fell to 18-20-2 (10 KO's).
On January 24, 2006 at the Universum Gym in Hamburg, Germany, Hulya (111 lbs) won a
ten-round majority (98-96,95-95,98-92) decision over Hagar Shmoulefeld
(111¼ lbs) of Tel-Aviv, Israel
for the WIBF Inter-Continental Flyweight title. Shmoulefeld fell to
7-3-3 (1 KO).
On April 8, 2006 at the Ostseehalle in
Kiel, Germany, Hülya (107¾ lbs) won by
a ten-round unanimous
(97-94,96-94,96-95) decision over
Cathy Brown (107¾
lbs) of Peckham, U.K.
for the WIBF
Interim Junior Flyweight title.
Cathy Brown fell to 12-7 (5 KO's).
On September 9, 2006 at Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany
Hülya (107¾ lbs) retained her WIBF Interim Junior Flyweight Title against Marylin Hernandez
(107½ lbs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic by a 10-round unanimous
(97-93,98-92,97-93) decision. Hernandez fell to 13-6 (7 KO's) with the loss.
On January 27, 2007 at Burgwächter
Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany, Hülya (106¼ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous
(96-93,97-93,95-94) decision over
Anastasia Toktaulova (104 lbs) of Moscow for
the WIBF Interim Junior Flyweight title, Russia.
Şahin was knocked
to the canvas by a right hand in the eighth, but came back to
secure the decision. Toktaulova fell to 10-8 (1 KO) with the loss while Şahin
improved to 17-0 (2 KO's).
On June 30, 2007 at Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, Şahin (107 lbs)
retained her WIBF Junior Flyweight title with a split decision in a very close
ten-rounder with Hollie Dunaway (107¾ lbs) of the USA. According to WBAN correspondent Torben
L., it took some time for Şahin to get used to the style of
Dunaway who had the upper hand in the early rounds.
Şahin got stronger as
the fight progressed, but it remained very close to the last bell.
The three judges split their scoring, with Şahin winning by 96-94 and 97-94 on two cards and Dunaway by 96-94 on
the other. Dunaway fell to 19-5-0 (10
On July 28, 2007 at Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany, Hülya
Şahin won an 10-round unanimous
decision over Delia Lopez of Tlaxcala, Mexico
for the WIBF
Junior Flyweight title.
Lopez fell to 8-2-2 (4 KOs).
On April 5, 2008 at Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany,
Hülya Şahin (107¼ lbs) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Yahaira Martinez (105¾ lbs)
of Puerto Rico for the WIBF Junior Flyweight title.
Martinez dropped to 7-2 (4 KO's).
On October 10, 2009 at Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany, WIBF Flyweight champion
Susi Kentikian (111¾ lbs) remained undefeated when
she won a 10-round unanimous (98-92,96-94,97-93) decision over Hülya Şahin (110¾
lbs) for the vacant WBO Flyweight title. Kentikian had some problems with
Sahin’s speed and power throughout the fight but scored with frequent flurries
of punches that kept the 35-year-old Sahin covering up in peek-a-boo stance
despite early success with power shots. For several mid-fight rounds,
Kentikian had problems maintaining the work rate necessary to keep Sahin
thinking about defense but she was able to ramp up her effort for toe to toe
action in the late rounds to earn an edge on the scorecards. Kentikian improved to 26-0-0 (16 KOs) while Şahin fell to 20-1 (2 KO's) with her first professional loss.
Sahin vs Finer in October 2010
© Copyrighted photo by Durell Wambolt
October 20, 2010 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, Hagar
Shmoulefeld Finer (112 lbs) of Tel-Aviv, Israel won a ten-round
unanimous (98-92,97-92,96-94) decision over Hülya Şahin (112 lbs) for the WIBF Bantamweight title. WBAN correspondent Rick McLean wrote that "It was a very technical first
round as both fighters boxed on the outside. Finer was able to
land the best combination in the round, a left hook right hand
that snapped Sahin’s head back. Finer came out very aggressive
in the second round and caught Sahin with a hard left hook that
stunned her. Finer was able to continue the pressure throughout
the round with hard combinations to the head and body that took
its tool. Sahin however was able to catch her with a hard left
hook of her own near the end of the round. Finer however was
landing the much harder and better combinations to the head and
body of Sahin. Finer went for the knockout in
the third round and continued her vicious attack to Sahin’s
body. The onslaught continued as Finer hurt Sahin with a hook to
the jaw and forced her back to the ropes with body punches. All
Sahin could do was cover up and hold on as it looked like she
was going to the canvas however she was saved by the bell. In the second half of the fight
it was evident that Finer was the harder puncher and much more
aggressive fighter and it was starting to take its toll on Sahin.
Finer’s body attack and combinations to Sahin’s head was
relentless. To her credit Sahin tried her best to punch back and
stay in the fight and would land the occasional hard right hand
or left hook however she could not put together enough effective
combinations to keep pace with Finer." Finer improved to 23-7-3 (6 KO's).
On June 18, 2011 at Stade Joffre Lefebvre in
Lingolsheim, Bas-Rhin, France Nadia
Hokmi of Strasbourg, France won a clear 10-round unanimous decision over Hülya Şahin for the WIBF Junior Bantamweight title.
Hokmi progressed to 18-6-1 (8 KO's) while Şahin fell to 20-3 (2 KO's).
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