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Bald Bull
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Nickname(s) The Reckless Bald Bull, Mask X
Rated at 298 lbs (135 kg)1, 2, 3
290 lbs (132 kg)4
Height 6' 2" (188 cm)
Nationality Turkish
Age 36
From Istanbul, Turkey
Stance Orthodox
First appearance Punch-Out!! (1984)
Boxing record
Rank WVBA Ranked Number 51
Major Circuit Champion, #3 World Circuit2
Minor Circuit Champion3
#2 World Circuit4
Total fights 281
382, 3
Wins 34
Wins by KO 291
Losses 41, 2

Bald Bull (ボールド・ブル Bōrudo Buru) has made the most video game appearances out of any of the Punch-Out!! boxers. Bald Bull first appeared as the third opponent in the 1984 arcade game Punch-Out!!. Bald Bull makes another comeback on the 1994 SNES in Super Punch-Out!! as the Minor Circuit Champion. Bald Bull can also be found in a cameo appearance as Mask X in the 1985 arcade game Arm Wrestling. Bald Bull has also appeared as a Hasbro Action Figure and in a Topps trading card series. Most recently, Bald Bull appeared in Punch Out Wii in 2009, as the #2 contender of the World Circuit.

Nicknamed "The Reckless Bald Bull", Bald Bull has become a video game icon and has earned a special place in the world of Nintendo, most recently making a return as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Punch-Out!! (1984)[]

Bald Bull
Arcade bald bull.gif
Rated at 298 lbs. (135 kg)
Nationality Turkish
From Istanbul, Turkey
Boxing record
Rank WVBA Ranked Number 5
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Bald Bull first appeared as the third opponent in the 1984 arcade game Punch-Out!!, where he was one of the heaviest opponents in the game. He'd attack much more and much quicker than the previous challengers. It takes quite some defending skills to defeat him, as he'll punch the player a lot, and use uppercuts more often than any opponent previously met by the player. He will also use his 'Bull Charge' in the game; he'll go back, jump towards the player, and use a strong uppercut that knocks the player down, instantly. If it's countered, he'll get knocked down instantly. Bald Bull dodges a lot more than the previous opponents, so it's almost impossible to defeat him within the time that the player is given if you never counter the Bull Charge. He has blue gloves and blue stripes on his shorts, instead of red, after Little Mac gets the Heavyweight Belt.

Arm Wrestling (1985)[]

Mask X
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Rated at 298 lbs. (135 kg)
Nationality Turkish
From Istanbul, Turkey
Boxing record
Bald Bull disguised as Mask X

Bald Bull appears as the third opponent in Arm Wrestling, disguised as Mask X. The only way to defeat him is by pulling his mask off, and then he'll be open for attack. The reward for defeating him is 50,000 points. Even though it's against the rules in arm wrestling, Bald Bull will actually use a version of his 'Bull Charge' against the player when he's still in disguise, which involves him leaning back and trying to headbutt them (cheating), allowing him an opportunity to pull back their hand while they are stunned from it. If this happens five times in a single match then it will result in an instant loss, regardless of how much time is remaining.

Bald Bull in Arm Wrestling after having his mask pulled off.

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!/Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (1987)[]

Bald Bull
Nes bald bull.gif
Nickname(s) The Reckless Bald Bull
Rated at 298 lbs. (135 kg)
Nationality Turkish
Age 36
From Istanbul, Turkey, 1951
Boxing record
Rank Major Circuit Champion
#3 World Circuit
Total fights 38
Wins 34
Wins by KO 29
Losses 4
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Bald Bull returned to the ring in the NES game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! in 1987; in which Little Mac first encounters him as the Major Circuit Champion and then later on as the #3 ranked competitor in the WVBA World Circuit.

In Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Bald Bull is most famous for his special move: the 'Bull Charge,' in which he backs up several steps and then charges forward at an alarming rate, delivering a fast powerful uppercut. It can send Mac to the canvas in a single hit. Big right hooks, uppercuts, and spinning jabs are also part of Bald Bull's moveset. Bald Bull returns later in the World Circuit even more powerful than before. Whenever Bald Bull defeats Little Mac, he starts mocking him by laughing at Mac's beaten body. While most boxers go airborne when they get knocked out, Bald Bull simply walks to the edge of the ring and drops. The second Bald Bull can be knocked down only by an uppercut or getting hit doing a Bull Charge; he does not go down when his health meter reaches zero, it just fills up again. Bald Bull is also the only character, other than Little Mac, that can get back up on the count of 9 but he can only do this during the second fight against him. His palette swap is Mr. Sandman.

Super Punch-Out!! (1994)[]

Bald Bull
Snes bald bull.gif
Nickname(s) The Reckless Bald Bull
Rated at 290 lbs. (132 kg)
Nationality Turkish
Age 36
From Istanbul, Turkey
Boxing record
Rank Minor Circuit Champion
Total fights 53
Wins 34
Wins by KO 29
Losses 19
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Bald Bull returns in Super Punch-Out!! as the Minor Circuit Champion. He's somewhat easier to defeat in the SNES Super Punch-Out!! with a weaker defense and slower attacks, but he still comes packing the power of his powerful 'Bull Charge'. His Bull Charge is a lot easier to avoid and counter attack though. Unlike in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, Bald Bull won't keep using the Bull Charge until he hits the player or the round is over. He can also be defeated a lot quicker in the game as he doesn't block punches as much as he did in the previous games and he can't take as many punches. If he wins against your boxer, he will 'Woo' twice and laugh at you but with a laugh of his own.

He is a palette swap of Mr. Sandman, who later appears in the game as the Major Circuit Champion.

Punch-Out!! (2009)[]

Bald Bull
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Nickname(s) The Reckless Bald Bull
Rated at 298 lbs. (135 kg)
Height 6' 2"
Nationality Turkish
Age 36
From Istanbul, Turkey
Boxing record
Rank #2 World Circuit
Total fights 38
Wins 34
Wins by KO 29
Losses 4

Bald Bull makes a return in the Wii version of Punch-Out!! as the #2 contender in the World Circuit. Bald Bull is a very berserk boxer, almost like Mr. Sandman's personality. He also acts more like his name as he now grunts and moos like an actual bull. He retains his Bull Charge, but instead of bouncing, he runs towards you. During his "Bull Charge" animation, he will randomly stall when he does his Bull Charge. However, this can be countered by waiting to see when steam is exhaled from his nostrils, signaling that the Bull Charge is about to occur. When Bald Bull raises his fist to do the uppercut, do a hook for an instant knockdown. His other attacks include a powerful hook and two different kinds of jabs.

His montage shows he is hounded by the paparazzi, even in the bath. This eventually sets off his temper, as he then proceeds to attack the paparazzi. He is also a masochist (as shown when he bashes his face against his ring post) and cares little about the spectators (tossing his dumbbell into the audience). He is presumably immune to hooks as he only allows one in a stun, after which, the stun will immediately end. He is voiced by Turkish voice actor Erse Yagan. If you lose to him, he will mock Little Mac by acting like a chicken.



  • Throw a delayed jab after the stun on his jab.
  • Jab him when he laughs during his taunt.
  • Throw two delayed jabs after the stun on his uppercut.
  • Counter his "Al lan" hook with a left jab. The timing is strict.
  • Counter his uppercut with a left jab. The timing is strict.


  • Left Jab: He will roll his fists, like TD Disco Kid's taunt, then throw a jab after a short delay. Avoiding it will start a two-punch stun.
  • Right Jab: Like its counterpart, but a little faster than his other hand.
  • Taunt: Bald Bull stands up straight and laughs at you. Jab him when he laughs for a star.
  • "Al lan" Hook: Bald Bull says "Al lan!!" then throws a hook that can be dodged to the left or ducked. Dodging it will start a four-punch stun.
  • Uppercut: A strong, fast right uppercut. Dodging it will start a four-punch stun.
  • Bull Charge: Bald Bull's signature move. He will step to the back of the ring, snorting and stomping his feet. When steam blows from his nose, he will charge at you with an extremely strong uppercut. If it hits you, you will instantly be knocked down; however, countering with a hook right when he reaches you will instantly knock him down.

Instant Knockdown:

  • Counter the Bull Charge by a hook or a Star Punch of any amount.
  • Star Punch when he taunts you.

Instant Knockout:

  • Throw a Three-Star Punch on his Bull Charge for a KO (only works if you haven't been hit).

Title Defense Mode[]

Bald Bull
Nickname(s) The Reckless Bald Bull
Rated at 298 lbs. (135 kg)
Height 6' 2"
Nationality Turkish
Age 36
From Istanbul, Turkey
Boxing record
Rank Challenger (#3 World Circuit)
Total fights 39
Wins 34
Wins by KO 29
Losses 5

Bald Bull returns as an opponent in Title Defense Mode with a new attack scheme. He looks the same except he now wears burgundy trunks instead of white. Just like in the second fight against him in the NES version, he can only be knocked down with a Star Punch because if you knock him down normally, he will stumble back, straighten himself up, laugh at Mac, and regain 1/4 of his health meter. The reason for this is that, according to his bio slideshow, ever since he lost, he trained against bulls, and found a way to regain his balance after being knocked back.

He maintains his love of self-abuse in Title Defense mode as well (repeatedly punching himself in the face before the fight begins). Unlike the NES version, countering the Bull Charge with a hook counts as a standard punch knockdown, however you do get a star to knock him down for real. Bald Bull can confuse players at times by delaying his rolling jabs so the player should only react when Bald Bull flashes red. If you lose to the TD version of him, he chases the Ref, yells, and (illegally) headbutts him.


  • Throw two delayed jabs after dodging his rolling jab (timing is very strict).
  • Throw two delayed jabs after the stun on his pumping hook (timing is very strict).
  • Throw two delayed jabs after the stun on his uppercut (timing is very strict).
  • Throw two delayed jabs after the stun on his "Al lan" hook (timing is very strict).
  • Counter the Bull Charge with a normal punch.
  • Counter his pumping hook.
  • Counter his "Al lan" hook.
  • Counter his uppercut.
  • Hit him with a jab during his taunt.
  • If he does his delayed Rolling Jab, and rolls for longer than 1.25 seconds, do a right hook while he still rolls.


  • Rolling Jab: Bald Bull will duck to one side, roll his fists around, and do a jab. If he ducks to his right, the punch will be thrown almost immediately. If he ducks to his left, the punch will be delayed.
  • Pumping Hook: Bald Bull will pump his fists up and down and throw a right hook.
  • "Al lan" Hook: Unlike his Contender move, Bald Bull will raise his left fist, then swing it in a hook after a delay. It must be dodged to the right or ducked. A dodge will start a three-punch stun, while a duck will start a four-punch stun.
  • Uppercut: A faster, stronger version of his Contender uppercut. Dodging it will start a five-punch stun.
  • Bull Charge: A faster version of the classic Bull Charge. Bald Bull can still delay it. Countering it will not knock him down, but it will still empty his health, though he will recover. You have to use a star punch to finish him.
  • Taunt: The same taunt as Contender. Hit him when he flashes yellow for a star. He will usually do this a couple moves after he recovers from a normal punch knockdown.

Instant Knockdowns:

  • Counter the Bull Charge with a normal punch, then throw a Star Punch before he returns to the center.
  • Counter the Bull Charge with a Star Punch.

Instant Knockouts:

  • Counter his Bull Charge with a Three-Star Punch (only works if you haven't been hit).
  • When he recovers from a Bull Charge counter, use a Three-Star Punch before he returns to the center (only works if you haven't been hit).
  • Counter two Bull Charges with a Star Punch.

Exhibition Challenges[]


  1. Stop the Bull Charge...with a Star Punch!
  2. TKO or KO Bald Bull in Round 1.
  3. Find 4 different ways to earn Stars.

Title Defense:

  1. Land three 3-Star Punches.
  2. Complete Round 1 without taking or dealing damage and still win!
  3. Defeat Bald Bull in less then 100 seconds!

Rule Infractions[]

As per the unified rules of boxing established by the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combat Sports:

  • Bald Bull attacks the referee upon winning the match in Title Defense, which is an action that would result in a lifetime ban from boxing, even if it happens outside of the fight.
  • He seems to apply hot towels to his head during corner breaks. Only cold towels are allowed to be used in this case.
    • However, it's possible that the towel actually is cold, and the steam is actually coming from Bald Bull himself as a cartoonish representation of how hot he's become from boxing.
  • He is shown lifting weights in the corner which some could class as illegal for bringing heavy objects into the ring and using it for an advantage in strength during a match.
    • Upon getting back into a match, he throws the dumbbell he was using into the crowd. This is definitely illegal as it endangers the audience.
  • In the credits for Super Punch Out!!, Bald Bull states that he "pulled [his] punches" during the match against him, meaning that, assuming he isn't just making excuses for his loss, he threw the fight. This is not only illegal but is also disrespectful to do in boxing. Alternatively, he could have been doing this so as not to risk killing his opponent in the ring.

Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS (2014)[]

In this game, Bald Bull appears as a trophy. He has two different descriptions depending on your console region.

NA: This 36-year-old Turkish boxer is in the prime of his career. He often tries to intimidate his opponent before a match even starts. He'll snort through his nose before charging his foe, a move called the Bull Charge. If he lands this blow, you can be sure Little Mac will hit the mat.

PAL: A 36-year-old Turkish boxer in the prime of his career. His name hints at his bullish nature. In the match itself, you'll see him snort through his nostrils before using his special move, the Bull Charge. Little Mac's going to need to keep all his wits about him to avoid being bowled over by that one.

SSB4 - Bald Bull

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Bald Bull appears as a Spirit in the game. He is an Advanced Support spirit that increases Trade-Off Defense. He is also a Shield Spirit with a power of 4,400. His Spirit Battle has him possessing the body of a Giant Little Mac on the Boxing Ring. The enemy’s dash attacks have increased power, most likely to represent the Bull Charge. The enemy has super armor but moves slower. And like all Punch-Out!! Spirits, it‘s a Stamina Battle.



Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream (NES)[]

  • "Doc can't help you now. Will you beg me for help?"
  • "Hey! Little Mac! Maybe Doc should throw you a towel!"
  • "My barber didn't know when to quit… do you?"
  • "This time I'm gonna charge right over you!" (World Circuit only)
  • "Zip your lip, Doc. Little Mac is mine now."

Super Punch-Out!! (SNES)[]

  • "You'll be down for the count with one punch from my "Bull Charge". (first match)
  • "You've got a lot of guts to challenge me again!" (rematch)
  • "Don't be so proud. I pulled my punches when we fought." (endgame)
  • "OOORGH!!!" (After being hit)
  • "ORRRUGH!!!!" (After being knocked down)
  • "Oh, oh, wahahahaha!" (Victory)
  • "Counterattack!" (His cornerman, enabling a flurry of Bull Charges, right after Bald Bull recovers from his second knockdown)

Punch-Out!! (Wii)[]

  • "Ah be...!" (English translation: "Oh wow...!")
  • "Al, Al, Al, Al, Al! Yerim seni lan! Waaaaaagh!!" meaning "Agh, agh, agh, agh, agh! I eat you! Waaaaaaaah!!" (Contender intro)
  • "Al lan!!" meaning "Take it!!"
  • "Aman!" meaning "Oh! (closest meaning)"
  • "Ben de onun kemiklerini çatır çutur kırmassam bana da 'Bald Bull' demesinler.", meaning "And if I don't break their bones, they won't call me 'Bald Bull'." (Title Defense pre-Round)
  • "Hey Doc, Mac'e dayak yemeyi mi öğretiyorsun?" meaning "Hey Doc, are you teaching Mac to take a beating?" (Contender Round Intermission)
  • "Allah, kahretsin, kahretsin, kahretsin... KAHRETSIN!" meaning "God damn it, damn it, damn it... DAMN IT!" (Please note that he is not actually swearing. "Kahretsin" is a Turkish word that is used in frustration and doesn't have an exact English equivalent) (Title Defense intro)
  • "Karavana!" meaning "Missed!"
  • "Little Mac, heh heh. Yani 'İşe yaramaz Mac'." meaning "Little Mac, heh heh. More like 'Useless Mac'." (Contender Round Intermission)
  • "Seni Bald Bull'dan kimse kurtaramaz!" meaning "No one can save you from Bald Bull!" (Title Defense Round Intermission)
  • "Seni şamar oğlanı yapacağım!" meaning "I'll make you a whipping boy!" (Title Defense Round Intermission)
  • "Şimdi gösteririm!" meaning "I'll show you now!" (Contender pre-Round and when Mac recovers from getting knocked down)
  • "Vay be!" meaning "Wow!"
  • "Yerim seni!" meaning "I eat you!"
  • "Var mı lan bana yan bakan? Hayı?! Şakır da şukur! Şakır da şukur! Şakır da şukur! Şakır da şukur!" meaning "Is there anyone looking at me sideways? No?! Chants! Chants! Chants! Chants!" (Contender win)
  • "Bana yan bakana, yan çakarım lan!!" meaning "Whoever looks at me sideways, I'll knock it off!!" (Title Defense win)

Doc Louis' Tips[]

  • "Gotta have guts, son! Dig down deep!! Stand up to this bull! Knock the bull outta Bald Bull!"
  • "I knew I should have brought my shades. The glare off Bald Bull's big head is hurting my eyes!"
  • "Ok Mac, be patient. Wait for that hook. He's open just before he throws it!"
  • "Hey, Mac baby, tell me something. When Bald Bull washes his face, does he know when to stop? Ha, ha!" (Contender)
  • "Hey, Mac baby! If you can't beat Bald Bull in a fight... how about an arm wrestle? Ha ha ha!" (Contender and Title Defense)
  • "Listen up, Mac baby. Bald Bull won't go down with a normal punch. There's gotta be a way to hurt him!" (Title Defense)
  • "Ok son, check it out, check it out. Seems like I can see your reflection in Bald Bull's forehead!" (Title Defense)
  • "Listen, son. When this sucka starts his Bull Charge, take the bull by the horns, and then stop him in this tracks!"
  • "Hey, son. Remind me never to visit Bald Bull's barber!"
  • “Hey, Mac baby. It’s time to get serious. Stand your ground. Let’s take that bull by the horns!”
  • “Join Club Nintendo today, Mac!”


  • Bald Bull's stereotype is derived from the simile "strong as an ox". In French, this simile is rendered as "fort comme un turc", meaning literally "strong as a Turk".
  • Bald Bull has appeared in almost every Punch-Out!! game, including Arm Wrestling. The only game he didn't appear in was the arcade version of Super Punch-Out!!
  • One of Doc Louis's quotes in regards to fighting Bald Bull has him asking Little Mac if he can beat Bald Bull in arm wrestling, if Little Mac can't beat him in a boxing match. This was a reference to the spin-off game Arm Wrestling, where Bald Bull made a cameo as Mask X to participate in an arm wrestling match.
    • Another one of Doc Louis' quotes has him not wanting to go to Bald Bull's barber. This is in reference to one of Bald Bull's quotes in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!/Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream.
  • Noted in Family Guy in the infamous episode Not All Dogs Go To Heaven, Peter Griffin mentions while praying that he has been stuck on Bald Bull for four years.
  • In Title Defense Mode, if you use a Star Punch before he attacks, a cow is heard and he will dodge it.
  • In all of the 2D Punch-Out!! games, Bald Bull uses the same sprites as Mr Sandman.
    • Coincidentally, the style of his lips and Mr. Sandman's have been mirrored on the Wii version. On the earlier Punch-Out games, Bald Bull had huge lips and Mr. Sandman didn't, while in their recent 2009 appearance, Mr. Sandman has huge lips instead of Bald Bull.
  • Bald Bull and Piston Hondo are the only characters to be featured in the Minor, Major and World Circuits, not counting their Title Defense bouts in Punch Out!! (Wii)
  • Curiously, in the SNES installment of Punch-Out!!, if he knocks you down in his flurry of Bull Charges and you recover, he will switch to his normal fighting stance.
  • Bald Bull is one of three characters to attack the referee, the others being Aran Ryan and Super Macho Man.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Bald Bull doesn't actually swear when saying "Kahretsin." "Damn you" is a loose English translation, and the Turkish phrase is merely an expression having to do with anger.
  • It is implied that his "wild man" personality is at least in part an act for the crowd. In his bio montage, he was remarkably calm when encountering the paparazzi (it was only when the paparazzi invaded his privacy when he attacked them). In-between rounds, he speaks in a relatively friendly tone and casually cracks jokes at Doc and Little Mac.
  • In the Contender fight against Bald Bull, if you use a Star Punch at the right time (during the cutscene) the camera will go to the left of Bald Bull and show him and Little Mac from the side. The glitch ends when either of the characters are knocked down.
  • In Super Smash Bros for 3DS, Bald Bull in his Contender attire appears as a trophy.
  • Bald Bull's frequent line "Al lan!!", quickly followed by "Ah be...!" if he misses, is commonly misheard as "Allah Akbar," a Muslim phrase roughly translating to "God is great."
  • Bald Bull is also the only boxer that partially goes outside the boxing ring when knocked down. He does this in every game he appears in, with the exception of Super Punch-Out!!
  • Unlike other games (except Punch-Out!! on the NES), in Punch-Out!! (Wii), if you never counter the Bull Charge, Bald Bull will throw 4 uppercuts instead of just one, but then switch back to his normal fighting stance.
  • Bald Bull's theme music in Super Punch-Out!! (SNES) has a similarity to the Aerosmith song "Walk This Way".
  • The amount of wins that Bald Bull has (34) is the same as the number used in the license plate number for Istanbul.
Punch-Out!! characters
Punch-Out!! (1984) Challenger · Glass Joe · Piston Hurricane · Bald Bull · Kid Quick · Pizza Pasta · Mr. Sandman
Super Punch-Out!! (1985) Challenger · Bear Hugger · Dragon Chan · Vodka Drunkenski · Great Tiger · Super Macho Man
Arm Wrestling Challenger · Texas Mac · Kabuki · Mask X · Alice & Ape III · Frank Jr.
Punch-Out!! (1987) Little Mac · Doc Louis · Glass Joe · Von Kaiser · Piston Honda · Don Flamenco · King Hippo · Great Tiger · Bald Bull · Soda Popinski · Mr. Sandman · Super Macho Man · Mike Tyson/Mr. Dream
Super Punch-Out!! (1994) Little Mac · Gabby Jay · Bear Hugger · Piston Hurricane · Bald Bull · Bob Charlie · Dragon Chan · Masked Muscle · Mr. Sandman · Aran Ryan · Heike Kagero · Mad Clown · Super Macho Man · Narcis Prince · Hoy Quarlow · Rick Bruiser · Nick Bruiser
Punch-Out!! (2009) Little Mac · Doc Louis · Glass Joe · Von Kaiser · Disco Kid · King Hippo · Piston Hondo · Bear Hugger · Great Tiger · Don Flamenco · Aran Ryan · Soda Popinski · Bald Bull · Super Macho Man · Mr. Sandman · Donkey Kong