2005-12-17 Nikolay Valuev w pts 12 John Ruiz, Max Schmeling Arena, Berlin, Germany - WBA
2005-12-17 Nikolai 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 difficult for the champion, who found it difficult to get close enough to get his punches off. Occasionally Ruiz (237¾) got inside but was unable to do any damage and 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, especially 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.