Name: Nikolay Valuev
Alias: The Russian Giant
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Hometown: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height: 7′ 0″ / 213cm
Reach: 85″ / 216cm
Boxing Record: click
Manager: Wilfried Sauerland
Trainers: Oleg Shalaev (1993 - 2000), Manvel Gabrielyan (2000 - 2007), Alexander Zimin (2007 - 2009)
Nikolay Valuev was the first Russian to win a version of the World Heavyweight Championship. He had previously held the Russian heavyweight title, defending it three times. He lost his WBA heavyweight title on April 14, 2007 to Ruslan Chagaev.
Nikolay Valuev was born on August 21, 1973, in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg). He is of Russian descent, but he also had a Tatar grandfather.He wooed his wife, Galya, with poetry that he composed himself. He has two young children, a son and a daughter. He hunts deer, ducks and wild boar and goes fishing with his son. Valuev is a Russian Orthodox Christian.
During his youth Nikolay Valuev played water polo and basketball, and was also a discus thrower.
Professional Boxing Career
Nikolay Valuev became a professional fighter in 1993. His debut bout was against American John Morton, and Valuev beat him by knockout in the second round. In 1999 he captured the Russian heavyweight title and in 2000 he won a Pan-Asian title. Valuev propelled himself into a position to fight for a world title with victories over Bob Mirovic, Otis Tisdale, Paolo Vidoz, Gerald Nobles, Attila Levin, and Clifford Etienne.
WBA heavyweight Champion
On December 17, 2005, Nikolay Valuev squared off with WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz, and won a twelve-round majority-decision. Two judges favored Valuev by scores of 116-114 and 116-113, while the third saw the fight as a 114-114 draw ? enough to give Valuev the title. This victory came after narrowly defeating Larry Donald on points in the title elimination bout.
On Saturday June 3, 2006, in his first defence of the WBA Heavyweight Championship, Nikolay Valuev (then 44-0, 33 KOs) defeated challenger Owen Beck (25-3, 18 KOs) by a third-round technical knockout in Hannover, Germany.
On Saturday October 7, 2006, Valuev fought Monte Barrett and defeated him with a technical knockout in the 11th round, for Valuev's 45th win. Barrett was knocked down twice in the 8th and once in the 11th round, but managed to get up. After being knocked down for the final time in the eleventh round, his trainer James Ali Basheer jumped into the ring to stop the fight.
On January 20, 2007, Valuev fought Jameel McCline (38-6-3, 23 KOs) in St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland. Valuev won the match, successfully defending his title, after McCline was not able to continue the bout after injuring his knee when throwing a punch near the end of the 3rd round.
In the tournament to determine who would next challenge Valuev for his title, Ruslan Chagaev from Uzbekistan beat John Ruiz, who lost his championship to Valuev in 2005. The title defense was held on April 14, 2007. Chagaev defeated Valuev by a majority decision (117-111, 115-113 and 114-114). Valuev changed trainers, transitioning from Manuel Gabrielian to Alexander Zimin, who coached the old Soviet Union amateur boxing team.
On September 29, 2007, Valuev won against Jean-Francois Bergeron in Oldenburg, Germany, by a 12-round unanimous decision (118-111, 118-111 and 118-111).
In a 16 February 2008 title eliminator, Valuev defeated former titleholder Sergey Lyakhovich from Belarus, winning every round at the Nuremberg Arena in Germany. The victory earned Valuev the right to face Chagaev for the WBA title again, the only man who has defeated him in his boxing career. He was scheduled to face Chagaev for his WBA title on July 5, 2008, but Chagaev pulled out with an injury. Valuev instead fought John Ruiz for the vacant title on August 30, 2008 and the WBA decided to make Chagaev "Champion In Recess". Valuev defeated Ruiz by unanimous decision to regain the WBA heavyweight championship, with Valuev and Chagaev set to fight no later than June 26, 2009 to determine who the WBA regarded as their champion. Their scheduled rematch on May 30, 2009 was cancelled due to Chagaev's viral infection and on July 24, 2009, when the WBA published their Official Ratings as of June 2009, Chagaev was no longer the "Champion In Recess" but the #1 challenger instead.
Nikolay Valuev|s first title defense of his second reign as WBA Champion was against the 46-year old, four-time heavyweight champion of the world, Evander Holyfield, on December 20, 2008, in Switzerland. Valuev won on points, when two of three referees voted for his close victory, one referee voted for a draw.
The bout is being investigated by the WBA. It said, in a statement, "The Championship Committee have ordered a panel of judges to review the tape of the fight between Valuev and Holyfield." There has not yet been given any date for the decision; with WBA stating the decision will be made in "the following weeks."
On 28 September 2009 Pier Luigi Poppi, one of three judges scoring the match, appeared as guest on Italian radio show "La Trasmissione di Morelli" with Dario Morelli. He said: "WBA asked me to write a report about the match. I've sent it, and they said it was very good. I guess no other judges have reviewed the tape of the fight" The Ring Magazine had Valuev winning the fight 115-113.
In his second defence, Valuev lost his title on 7 November 2009 against former undisputed cruiserweight champion David Haye in Nuremberg on points (114-114, 112-116, 112-116).
According to Valuev's web site (accessible below, in Russian), he is 2.13 meters tall or 7 feet tall. According to the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, he is 2.18 or 7' 2" tall. Valuev is the tallest and heaviest man ever to hold a version of the World Heavyweight Championship.
| WBA Heavyweight Champion
2005 Dec 17 – 2007 Apr 14
Declared Champion in Recess
| WBA Heavyweight Champion
2008 Aug 30 – 2009 Nov 7