|Real name||Ruslan Chagaev|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Reach||188 cm (74 in)|
19 October 1978 |
Andijan, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
|Wins by KO||20|
|Competitor for Uzbekistan|
|World Amateur Championships|
|Gold||Belfast 2001||Super Heavyweight|
Ruslan Chagaev (Tatar Cyrillic: Руслан Шамил улы Чагаев, Latin: Ruslan Şamil ulı Çağaev; Russian: Руслан Шамилович Чагаев) born 19 October 1978 in Andijan, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union) is the current WBA heavyweight champion. As an amateur boxer, he has won the Asian and World Championships in the heavyweight (81–91 kg) category.
Chagaev won the WBA title in 2007 with a majority decision victory over Nikolai Valuev, becoming the first and so far the only Asian in history to hold a major heavyweight title. He was made "champion in recess" after he sustained an injury and relinquished the title after failing to have a rematch with Valuev. In his next fight, Chagaev lost by stoppage to IBF, WBO and IBO Champion Wladimir Klitschko.
- 1 Professional career
- 1.1 1997-2005; Early Career
- 2 Professional boxing record
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Professional championships
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
1997-2005; Early Career
Having fought twice in 1997, Chagaev returned to amateur boxing. He turned pro fully in 2001, with the only flaw on his early record coming 5 October 2002 bout against Rob Calloway in Detroit, Michigan, United States. At the end of third round, the fight was stopped due to Calloway having a wound caused by a headbutt. Michigan boxing rule mandated that the fight be called a Technical Draw (TD) since the bout ended by an accidental foul. Usually four rounds are needed to go to the score cards for decision.
Chagaev slowly but steadily climbed up the heavyweight ranks, first avenging the no-contest with a brutal second round knockout of Calloway.
2006: Title Contender
In 2006 he beat undefeated Ukrainian prospect Vladimir Virchis in a close and intense punchfest, and slowly took apart prominent British boxer Michael Sprott. On 18 November 2006, he fought the former WBA champion John Ruiz, and prevailed in a close contest. He took a split decision with scores of 117–111 and 116–112 for Chagaev, and 115–114 for Ruiz. Chagaev became the mandatory challenger for a shot at Nikolai Valuev, the WBA heavyweight champion at the time.
2007-2008: WBA Heavyweight Champion & Title Defense
Chagaev defeated Valuev on 14 April 2007 by a majority decision (117–111, 115–113 and 114–114) to win the title.
On 26 June 2007, it was announced that Ruslan Chagaev would partake in a heavyweight unification bout with WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov. The fight was due to take place in Moscow on 13 October 2007 and would have been the first heavyweight unification bout since 1999; however, Chagaev had to drop out of the fight after contracting hepatitis B. At that point, it was not clear whether he would have been able to compete at all, with WBA considering a championship tournament for Chagaev's crown. After Ibragimov defended his crown against Evander Holyfield, however, it was announced that Chagaev was able to recover.
Chagaev defended his WBA heavyweight title against Matt Skelton on 19 January 2008 by unanimous decision.
His next mandatory defense was to be a rematch on 5 July 2008 with Nikolai Valuev, who defeated former WBO champion Sergei Liakhovich by unanimous decision to earn the right. However, the fight had to be cancelled after Chagaev suffered a complete tear of an Achilles tendon during his final sparring session in preparation for the defense, causing Chagaev's second postponement of the match. The WBA elected to make Chagaev "Champion in Recess" due to the injury that Chagaev sustained and necessary recovery time and mandated that top-contenders Valuev and John Ruiz meet for the vacated title. By beating Ruiz, Valuev also became champion on 30 August 2008.
2009: Second Title Defense & Klitschko Fight
Chagaev returned from injury on 7 February 2009 with a victory over the then-unbeaten Costa Rican, Carl Davis Drumond to retain his title. The bout was decided by a controversial technical decision after Chagaev sustained a cut from an unintentional clash of heads. Chagaev and Nikolai Valuev were supposed to fight no later than 26 June 2009 to determine who the WBA regarded as their champion. They were scheduled to fight on 30 May 2009 in Helsinki, Finland at the Hartwall Arena, but Chagaev failed a Finnish medical test, allegedly due to hepatitis. 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.
Chagaev was defeated for the first time in his professional career in a bout with Wladimir Klitschko on 20 June 2009 with a 9th round ref stoppage. Klitschko retained his WBO, IBO & IBF crowns and won the vacant Ring magazine title. The fight was held at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, and Klitschko's WBO, IBO & IBF heavyweight titles were at stake.
The WBA title that he shared with Nikolai Valuev was not at stake, as the WBA confirmed Valuev was to be the WBA Champion.
2010: WBA Elimination Bout & Staying Busy
Chagaev fought Kali Meehan (35–3; 29 KO) on 22 May 2010, in a WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The former WBA champion won the bout by unanimous decision with the scores of 117–111, 117–112 and 118–110. Six months later in a stay busy fight, he defeated Travis Walker on points in an eight round fight.
2011: Vacant WBA Title Shot
On 27 August 2011 Chagaev lost a competitive bout against Alexander Povetkin by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.
2012-Present: Return Victories & Regaining WBA Title
Since the Povetkin bout, Chagaev went 5-0 (3 KO), defeating world ranked Jovo Pudar & four journeymen with respectable records. Next he took on Fres Oquendo for the vacant WBA regular Heavyweight title & won the fight by majority decision. The current WBA (Super) World Heavyweight Champion is Wladimir Klitschko, who is also the IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Champion.
Professional boxing record
|33 Wins (20 knockouts), 2 Losses, 1 Draw|
|Win||33-2-1||Fres Oquendo||MD||12||2014-07-06||Grozny, Russia||Won vacant WBA World Heavyweight title.|
|Win||32-2-1||Jovo Pudar||UD||12||2013-10-05||Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia||Won PABA & WBA Continental Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||31-2-1||Mike Sheppard||KO||1 (10)||2013-03-22||Berlin, Germany|
|Win||30-2-1||Werner Kreiskott||TKO||7 (8), 0:14||2012-09-01||Oberhausen, Germany|
|Win||29-2-1||Billy Zumbrun||TKO||3 (8), 1:26||2012-04-21||Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern|
|Win||28-2-1||Kertson Manswell||UD||8||2012-01-28||Rotherbaum, Hamburg, Germany|
|Loss||27-2-1||Alexander Povetkin||UD||12||2011-08-27||Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany||For vacant WBA World Heavyweight title.|
|Win||27-1-1||Travis Walker||UD||8||2010-11-19||Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany|
|Win||26-1-1||Kali Meehan||UD||12 (12)||2010-05-22||Rostock, Germany||WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator.|
|Loss||25-1-1||Wladimir Klitschko||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||2009-06-20||Gelsenkirchen, Germany||For IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles; Chagaev's WBA title Was Not on the line.|
|Win||25-0-1||Carl Davis Drumond||TD||6 (12), 3:00||2009-02-07||Rostock, Germany||Defended WBA World Heavyweight Title; Fight was stopped due to an accidental headbutt.|
|Win||24-0-1||Matt Skelton||UD||12 (12)||2008-01-19||Düsseldorf, Germany||Defended WBA World Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||23-0-1||Nikolai Valuev||MD||12 (12)||2007-04-14||Stuttgart, Germany||Won WBA World Heavyweight Title. Valuev's first loss.|
|Win||22-0-1||John Ruiz||SD||12 (12)||2006-11-18||Düsseldorf, Germany||WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||21-0-1||Michael Sprott||TKO||8 (12), 2:54||2006-07-15||Hamburg, Germany||Defended WBA Inter-Cont. HW Title; Won Vacant WBO Asia Pacific HW Title.|
|Win||20-0-1||Vladimir Virchis||MD||12 (12)||2006-03-11||Hamburg, Germany||Won WBO and WBA Inter-Cont. HW Titles.|
|Win||19-0-1||Rob Calloway||KO||2 (10), 2:10||2006-01-07||Munich, Germany|
|Win||18-0-1||Mark Krence||KO||5 (8), 1:28||2005-10-22||Halle, Germany|
|Win||17-0-1||Jucimar Francisco Hipolito||TKO||1 (8), 0:50||2005-09-28||Hamburg, Germany|
|Win||16-0-1||Sherman Williams||UD||8 (8)||2005-03-26||Riesa, Germany|
|Win||15-0-1||Tommy Connelly||TKO||2 (8), 1:51||2004-12-14||Sölden, Austria|
|Win||14-0-1||Asmir Vojnovic||TKO||4 (10), 0:45||2004-11-16||Cuxhaven, Germany|
|Win||13-0-1||Willie Williams||KO||3 (8), 2:25||2004-10-26||Rostock, Germany|
|Win||12-0-1||Garing Lane||KO||5 (8), 1:46||2004-07-31||Stuttgart, Germany|
|Win||11-0-1||Sedreck Fields||KO||2 (8), 2:45||2004-06-22||Telfs, Austria||Rematch.|
|Win||10-0-1||Wade Lewis||KO||1 (6), 2:33||2004-05-18||Lübeck, Germany|
|Win||9-0-1||Alexey Varakin||KO||2 (6), ?:??||2004-03-30||Aachen, Germany|
|Win||8-0-1||Sedreck Fields||UD||6||2004-02-17||Lübeck, Germany|
|Win||7-0-1||Daniel Frank||KO||2 (6), 0:54||2003-11-18||Wandsbek, Germany|
|Win||6-0-1||Zakeem Graham||TKO||3 (10), 2:26||2003-05-22||Yonkers, USA|
|Draw||5-0-1||Rob Calloway||TD||3 (10), 2:41||2002-10-05||Detroit, USA|
|Win||5–0||Chris Isaac||UD||8||2002-05-11||Biloxi, USA|
|Win||4–0||Val Smith||KO||1 (4), 2:26||2002-01-14||Las Vegas, USA|
|Win||3–0||Everett Martin||TKO||4 (4), ?||2001-09-21||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|Win||2–0||Brian Jones||KO||2 (4), 1:10||1997-09-03||Rosemont, USA|
|Win||1–0||Donnie Penelton||KO||1 (4), 2:30||1997-08-21||Aurora, USA||Chagaev's professional debut.|
Ruslan Chagaev was born in a Volga Tatar family, to Shamil Chagaev and Zamira Chagaeva. He has one sister, Luiza. He is married to Viktoria, an ethnic Armenian, also born in Andijan. They have two children. Their first son, Artur, was born on 24th March 2004.
- WBA Heavyweight Champion
- WBA Heavyweight Champion in Recess
- WBA Regular Heavyweight Champion
- WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
- WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
- WBO Asia Pacific Champion
- PABA Heavyweight Champion
- WBA Heavyweight Continental Champion
- List of current world boxing champions
- List of heavyweight boxing champions
- List of left-handed boxers
- "ESPN – Ibragimov, Chagaev to unify heavyweigh titles – Boxing". Retrieved 2007-06-28.
- "Skelton to face Chagaev for WBA heavyweight title". USA TODAY (Gannett Co. Inc.). Associated Press. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 2002-02-16.
- "Boxing Commentary: The WBA Tournament – Are These Guys Crazy?".
- [dead link]
- ¡Chagaev venció a Davis Drummond en Rostock!. Notifight.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-19.
- Sukachev, Alexey (22 May 2010). "Chagaev Decisions Meehan, David Haye Could Be Next". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
- Ruslan Chagaev – Boxer. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-19.
- Official site of Ruslan Chagaev
- Ruslan Chagaev Fight-by-Fight Career Record
- News and Pictures of Ruslan Chagaev
- Professional boxing record for Ruslan Chagaev from BoxRec
- Ministry of Cultural and Sports Affairs of Uzbekistan
|WBA Heavyweight Champion
14 April 2007 – 18 July 2008
Title next held byNikolai Valuev
|New title||WBA Heavyweight Champion
Champion in Recess
18 July 2008 – 24 July 2009
Title last held byAlexander Povetkin
|WBA Heavyweight Champion
06 July 2014 – present