2005-12-17 Nikolay Valuev w pts 12 John Ruiz, Max Schmeling Arena, Berlin, Germany - WBA
2005-12-17 Nikolay Valuev w pts 12 John Ruiz, Max Schmeling Arena, Berlin, Germany - WBA. Referee: Stan Christodoulou. Scorecards: 116-114, 116-113, 114-114. Using his huge reach to good advantage with the jab, Valuev (324¼) made life tough for the champion, who found it difficult to get his punches off. Occasionally Ruiz (237¾) got inside, but unable to do any damage it was only in the latter stages when there was a hint of desperation that he did his best work. Ruiz, who finished with a swollen right eye, failed to work hard enough in the middle rounds while the Russian did just enough to make sure of the decision. On winning, Valuev, at 7’2”, became the tallest champion of all time.