21 August 1973 |
St. Petersburg, Russia
|Other names||The Russian Giant|
|Height||7' 0" (2.13m)|
|Professional boxing record|
Nikolai Valuev (born August 21, 1973) is a former Russian professional boxer. Valuev is a former two-time WBA world heavyweight boxing champion, and the current record holder as the largest boxer ever to win a world title. Valuev's world title fight records stands at 8 wins and 2 losses. He holds notable wins over John Ruiz (2005 & 2008) and Evander Holyfield (2008). Valuev officially retired from boxing at the age of 36, following a unanimous decision loss to David Haye in November 2009.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Boxing career
- 3 Acting career and advertising
- 4 Political career
- 5 Involvement in other sports
- 6 Nikolai Valuev Boxing School
- 7 Valuev Youth Sports Foundation
- 8 Filmography
- 9 Professional boxing record
- 10 References
- 11 External links
He has three young children, daughter Irina and son Grisha (Grigoriy), his third child, son Sergei, was born on 30 July 2012. In his professional boxing career Valuev has been defeated only twice by Ruslan Chagaev and David Haye.
Valuev has written a book in Russian called My 12 Rounds, with the help of prominent Russian sports journalist Konstantin Osipov. The book discusses his life in general and his boxing career in particular. For that book, Valuev received an award from the government of St. Petersburg. The book was presented in St. Petersburg on 5 February 2007.
First reign as WBA champion
In 2005, Valuev squared off with WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz, and won a twelve-round majority-decision, becoming both the tallest (2.1 m or 7 ft) and heaviest (323lbs) champion in boxing history. In his first defence he defeated challenger Owen Beck (25–3, 18 KOs) by a third-round technical knockout in Hannover, Germany. In October 2006, Valuev fought Monte Barrett and defeated him with a technical knockout in the 11th round. In January 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.
Loss of WBA title to Chagaev
The title defence was held on 14 April 2007. Chagaev defeated Valuev by a majority decision (117–111, 115–113 and 114–114).
Valuev changed trainers, from Manuel Gabrielian to Alexander Zimin, who coached the old Soviet Union amateur boxing team.
Second reign as WBA champion
In a 16 February 2008, title eliminator, Valuev defeated former titleholder Sergei Liakhovich 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 had defeated him in his boxing career. He was scheduled to face Chagaev for his WBA title on 5 July 2008, but Chagaev pulled out with an injury. Valuev instead fought John Ruiz for the vacant title on 30 August 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 26 June 2009 to determine whom the WBA regarded as their champion. Their scheduled rematch on 30 May 2009 was cancelled due to Chagaev's viral infection and on 24 July 2009, when the WBA published their Official Ratings as of June 2009, Chagaev was no longer the "Champion In Recess" but the No. 1 challenger instead.
Valuev's first title defence of his second reign as WBA Champion was against the 46-year old, four-time heavyweight champion of the world, Evander Holyfield, on 20 December 2008, in which Valuev won a controversial majority decision. Before the match, Valuev weighed 310.8 pounds (141 kg), nearly 100 pounds heavier than Holyfield at 214.3 pounds (97 kg).
Loss of WBA title to Haye
Retirement from boxing and health problems
Valuev announced his retirement from boxing in a Russian newspaper three days after the loss to Haye on 10 November 2009.
In 2010, Valuev's doctor went on record saying that he is treating Valuev for "serious bone and joint problems". Valuev underwent two operations that required at least six months on the sidelines.
Valuev confirmed in 2013 that medical advice was one of the reasons he is not planning to make a comeback in boxing.
Acting career and advertising
Valuev's first role in a film was a cameo appearance in the German film 7 Zwerge – Der Wald ist nicht genug in 2006. In 2008 Valuev played the main role in the film Stonehead by Philip Yankovskiy, playing an ex-boxer who lost his memory. The film took the main prize at the film festival "Window to Europe". After the success of Stonehead, it was announced Valuev is being filmed in two new films at the same time.
Nikolai Valuev has participated in several photo and video advertisements of various products and services. In November 2009 he signed a promotional contract with a German sausage manufacturer, making Valuev the face of the company's advertisement campaign for five years. Nikolai Valuev is also planning to open a family restaurant in Germany. In August 2010, Valuev signed a promotional contract with Pokerstars poker portal, which is going to achieve professional success in this game.
Valuev's distinctive appearance and fame have occasionally attracted the use of his images in advertising without his permission. In particular, the Penza theatre "Contemporary" for some time before the movie showing the film, where Nikolai Valuev acts as a man who punishes the audience disturbing others. Nikolai Valuev, upon learning about this, sued the theatre for damages amounting to 2 million rubles. In 2011, Nikolai Valuev is involved in the advertising power of "Interskol" as well as in advertising MTS.
In December 2011 Russian parliamentary election he became a member of Duma through the United Russia Party. On 17 December 2012, Valuev supported the law in the Russian Parliament banning adoption of Russian orphans by citizens of the US.
Involvement in other sports
In 2011, Valuev became the General Manager of Russia national bandy team and he also has as a task to develop the so-called Russian hockey in the country. He is also the Vice-President of the All Russian Bandy Federation. Bandy is considered a national sport in Russia.
Nikolai Valuev Boxing School
In 2009, Nikolai Valuev, together with a group of coaches, created "Nikolay Valuev Boxing School" with offices in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast. The school is based on three types of age groups: pupils (school terms 3-5), students (terms 6-8) and adults. School pupils participate and compete in various boxing matches, including the "Valuev Cup" youth boxing tournament, which became a regular competition in St. Petersburg.
Valuev Youth Sports Foundation
The Valuev Foundation was opened on 13 September 2010. The fund was established to promote regular physical exercise among young people to enable children of different social backgrounds play sports, to further their education and strengthen the principles of sport, as well as spread the ideals of sports into other areas.
- 2001 - The town, Issue № 89
- 2003 - Playing without rules - cameo
- 2006 - 7 Zwerge – Der Wald ist nicht genug - cameo
- 2008 - Rock Head - Yegor Golovin "Rock Head"
- 2009 - Path - a prisoner nicknamed "The Beast"
- 2009 - Fight without rules - Nicholas Shafts
- 2011 - Antique Watches - cameo
- 2013 - Bigfoot Files - Himself
Professional boxing record
|50 Wins (34 Knockouts), 2 Losses, 1 No Contest|
|David Haye||MD||12||2009-11-07||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany||Lost WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Evander Holyfield||MD||12||2008-12-20||Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland||Defended WBA Heavyweight title.|
|John Ruiz||UD||12||2008-08-30||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany||Won vacant WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Siarhei Liakhovich||UD||12||2008-02-16||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany||WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Jean Francois Bergeron||UD||12||2007-09-29||EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany|
|Ruslan Chagaev||MD||12||2007-04-14||Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany||Lost WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Jameel McCline||RTD||3 (12), 3:00||2007-01-20||St. Jakob Halle, Basel, Switzerland||Defended WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Monte Barrett||TKO||11 (12), 2:12||2006-10-07||Allstate Arena, Rosemont, United States||Defended WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Owen Beck||TKO||3 (12), 2:44||2006-06-03||TUI Arena, Hannover, Germany||Defended WBA Heavyweight title.|
|John Ruiz||MD||12||2005-12-17||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany||Won WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Larry Donald||MD||12||2005-10-01||EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany||Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title and WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Clifford Etienne||KO||3 (12), ?||2005-05-14||Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany||Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Attila Levin||TKO||3 (12), 2:34||2005-02-12||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany||Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Gerald Nobles||DQ||4 (12), 0:42||2004-11-20||BigBox, Kempten, Germany||Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title. Nobles disqualified for repeated low blows.|
|Paolo Vidoz||TKO||9 (12), 2:33||2004-10-09||Messehalle, Erfurt, Germany||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Richard Bango||TKO||6 (10), 1:50||2004-07-24||Brandenburg Halle, Frankfurt, Germany||Won Interim WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title.|
|Marcelo Dominguez||UD||8||2004-04-17||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany|
|Dicky Ryan||TKO||1 (10), 2:43||2004-02-28||Mehrzweckhalle, Dresden, Germany|
|Otis Tisdale||KO||1 (8), ?||2003-10-04||Stadthalle, Zwickau, Germany|
|Bob Mirovic||UD||8||2003-08-16||Nuerburgring Race Track, Nürburg, Germany|
|Vitali Shkraba||TKO||4 (10), ?||2003-07-18||Belarusian State Circus, Minsk, Belarus|
|Pedro Daniel Franco||UD||12||2003-03-15||Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Defended PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Kostiantyn Pryziuk||RTD||3 (10), 3:00||2002-10-10||Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Defended Russian Heavyweight title.|
|Taras Bidenko||UD||12||2002-07-21||Seoul, South Korea||Defended PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Yaroslav Zavorotnyi||TKO||3 (10), ?||2002-06-15||Druzhba Palace of Sports, Donetsk Ukraine|
|Toakipa Tasefa||UD||12||2001-09-28||Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Defended PABA Heavyweight title.|
|George Linberger||TKO||1 (12), ?||2001-06-30||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, United States||Defended PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Vitali Shkraba||TKO||4 (8), ?||2001-03-06||Moscow, Russia||Defended PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Tone Fiso||TKO||1 (12), ?||2000-10-29||Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Won PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Yuriy Yelistratov||UD||12||2000-06-06||Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Won Interim PABA heavyweight title.|
|Yuri Nikolaev||TKO||2 (6), ?||2000-03-10||Novosibirsk, Russia|
|Aleksei Varakin||KO||1 (12), ?||1999-12-15||Saint Petersburg, Russia||Defended Russian Heavyweight title.|
|James McQueen||KO||1 (6), ?||1999-06-25||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Andreas Sidon||NC||6||1999-05-07||Prague, Czech Republic||NC due to fighting without a referee.|
|Win||19–0||John Tupou||TKO||4 (10), ?||1999-02-13||Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||18–0||Aleksei Osokin||TKO||6 (10), ?||1999-01-22||Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Won vacant Russian Heavyweight title.|
|Win||17–0||Evgeny Odolsky||KO||1 (6), ?||1998-12-19||Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||16–0||James Gaines||UD||6||1998-06-09||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||15–0||Jim Huffman||TKO||2 (4), ?||1998-03-14||Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow, Russia|
|Win||14–0||Sinclair Babb||TKO||1 (6), 2:05||1997-12-06||Stockland Stadium, Townsville, Australia|
|Win||13–0||Alarim Uysal||TKO||2 (6), ?||1997-11-08||Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany|
|Win||12–0||Kevin Rosier||KO||1 (6), ?||1997-09-27||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||11–0||August Tanuvasa||TKO||1 (6), 2:44||1997-08-21||Bankstown RSL Club, Sydney, Australia|
|Win||10–0||Rodney Harris||UD||4||1997-07-26||Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||9–0||Terrell Nelson||TKO||2 (4), 1:26||1997-05-31||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, United States|
|Win||8–0||Manao Navuilawa||TKO||1 (4), 1:24||1997-05-09||Bankstown Sports Club, Sydney, Australia|
|Win||7–0||Patrick Slade||TKO||1 (4), 1:59||1997-03-21||Parramatta RSL Club, Sydney, Australia|
|Win||6–0||Darren Fearn||TKO||1 (6), ?||1996-11-26||York Hall, London, England|
|Win||5–0||Neil Kirkwood||TKO||2 (4), ?||1996-10-08||Town Hall, London, England|
|Win||4–0||Sergei Anikeev||KO||2 (4), ?||1995-02-16||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||3–0||Aleksei Tsygankov||KO||3 (4), ?||1994-04-15||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||2–0||Aleksandr Vasiliev||UD||4||1994-02-22||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||1–0||John Morton||TKO||2 (4), ?||1993-10-15||Sporthalle, Schöneberg, Germany||Valuev's professional debut.|
- Размер имеет значение
- Валуев стал еще сильнее, а Ляхович попал в больницу – бокс, Валуев – Росбалт-Петербург
- Николай “Beast from the east” Валуев » Paradyz.ru
- Священник, бывший боксер-любитель, благословил Валуева на бой с Руизом Православие.Ru
- "Мои 12 раундов" [My 12 rounds] (in Russian). TimeOut Moscow. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- "Николай Валуев получил литературную премию за автобиографию – Бокс/MMA". Sports.ru. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- "Valuev: "I faced with typical Russian boorishness aggravated with alcohol"". Rin.ru. 2007-01-21.
- "Russia's 'Beast from the East' in security guard assault scandal". RIA Novosti. 2006-01-26.
- 7-foot giant claims WBA heavyweight title – Boxing- NBC Sports. Nbcsports.msnbc.com (2005-12-17). Retrieved on 2011-04-19.
- Rafael, Dan (2007-08-14). "Ex-champ Valuev to fight Bergeron in Germany". ESPN.
- "Valuev dominates Liakhovich!".
- "Ruslan Chagaev".
- Holyfield, 46, faces Valuev for heavyweight title, Associated Press, 20 December 2008.
- "Loss to David Haye – BBC Website". BBC News. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "Valuev future in doubt". Sky Sports. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
- "Ex-champ Valuev talks Klitschko reign, Haye v Fury and retirement". "Through care, as well as health and medical recommendations, I was advised that fighting would not be good for me and so I will stay retired."
- "7 Zwerge full cast". imdb.com. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- Кинопанорама – Блог команды Николая Валуева – Бокс – Sports.ru
- "Кинокартина с участием Валуева получила приз кинофестиваля "Окно в Европу" – Бокс/MMA". Sports.ru. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- "Валуев снимается сразу в трех фильмах – Бокс/MMA". Sports.ru. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- Bandy information on the official home page of Nikolai Valuev
- 'Beast from the East' welcomed into national bandy team setup
- "Russian bandy players blessed for victory at world championship in Kazan". Tatar-Inform. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
- "Николай Валуев открыл школу бокса в Петербурге" [Nikolai Valuev opened a boxing school in Peterburg] (in Russian). Baltinfo. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- Nikolay Valuev – Boxer. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-19.
- Professional boxing record for Nikolai Valuev from BoxRec
- Valuev interview
- Valuev interview
- (German) Personal page from promoter
- (Russian) Official personal site (English)
|New title||WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
24 July 2004 – 9 October 2004
Title last held byWladimir Klitschko
|WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
9 October 2004 – 17 December 2005
Won world title
Title next held byRuslan Chagaev
|WBA Heavyweight Champion
17 December 2005 – 14 April 2007
Title last held byRuslan Chagaev
|WBA Heavyweight Champion
30 August 2008 – 7 November 2009