Ruslan Chagaev

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Ruslan Chagaev
Real name Ruslan Chagaev
Nickname(s) White Tyson
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Reach 188 cm (74 in)
Nationality Uzbekistan
Born (1978-10-19) 19 October 1978 (age 36)
Andijan, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 36
Wins 33
Wins by KO 20
Losses 2
Draws 1
No contests 0
Ruslan Chagaev
Medal record
Competitor for  Uzbekistan
Men's Boxing
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.

Professional career[edit]

1997-2005; Early Career[edit]

Ruslan Chagaev (center) inside the ring with his coach Michael Timm (right) challenging Rob Calloway (left). 7 January 2006).

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[edit]

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[edit]

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;[1] however, Chagaev had to drop out of the fight after contracting hepatitis B.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] By beating Ruiz, Valuev also became champion on 30 August 2008.

2009: Second Title Defense & Klitschko Fight[edit]

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.[5] 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[edit]

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.[6] Six months later in a stay busy fight, he defeated Travis Walker on points in an eight round fight.

2011: Vacant WBA Title Shot[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

33 Wins (20 knockouts), 2 Losses, 1 Draw[7]
Result Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes
Win 33-2-1 United States Fres Oquendo MD 12 2014-07-06 Russia Grozny, Russia Won vacant WBA (Regular) World Heavyweight title.
Win 32-2-1 Serbia Jovo Pudar UD 12 2013-10-05 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia Won PABA & WBA Continental Heavyweight titles.
Win 31-2-1 United States Mike Sheppard KO 1 (10) 2013-03-22 Germany Berlin, Germany
Win 30-2-1 Germany Werner Kreiskott TKO 7 (8), 0:14 2012-09-01 Germany Oberhausen, Germany
Win 29-2-1 United States Billy Zumbrun TKO 3 (8), 1:26 2012-04-21 Germany Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 28-2-1 Trinidad and Tobago Kertson Manswell UD 8 2012-01-28 Germany Rotherbaum, Hamburg, Germany
Loss 27-2-1 Russia Alexander Povetkin UD 12 2011-08-27 Germany Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany For vacant WBA (Regular) World Heavyweight title.
Win 27-1-1 United States Travis Walker UD 8 2010-11-19 Germany Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Win 26-1-1 Australia Kali Meehan UD 12 (12) 2010-05-22 Germany Rostock, Germany WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Loss 25-1-1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko RTD 9 (12), 3:00 2009-06-20 Germany Gelsenkirchen, Germany For IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles; Chagaev's WBA title Was Not on the line.
Win 25-0-1 Costa Rica Carl Davis Drumond TD 6 (12), 3:00 2009-02-07 Germany Rostock, Germany Defended WBA World Heavyweight Title; Fight was stopped due to an accidental headbutt.
Win 24-0-1 England Matt Skelton UD 12 (12) 2008-01-19 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany Defended WBA World Heavyweight Title.
Win 23-0-1 Russia Nikolai Valuev MD 12 (12) 2007-04-14 Germany Stuttgart, Germany Won WBA World Heavyweight Title. Valuev's first loss.
Win 22-0-1 United States John Ruiz SD 12 (12) 2006-11-18 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 21-0-1 England Michael Sprott TKO 8 (12), 2:54 2006-07-15 Germany Hamburg, Germany Defended WBA Inter-Cont. HW Title; Won Vacant WBO Asia Pacific HW Title.
Win 20-0-1 Ukraine Vladimir Virchis MD 12 (12) 2006-03-11 Germany Hamburg, Germany Won WBO and WBA Inter-Cont. HW Titles.
Win 19-0-1 United States Rob Calloway KO 2 (10), 2:10 2006-01-07 Germany Munich, Germany
Win 18-0-1 England Mark Krence KO 5 (8), 1:28 2005-10-22 Germany Halle, Germany
Win 17-0-1 Brazil Jucimar Francisco Hipolito TKO 1 (8), 0:50 2005-09-28 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win 16-0-1 The Bahamas Sherman Williams UD 8 (8) 2005-03-26 Germany Riesa, Germany
Win 15-0-1 United States Tommy Connelly TKO 2 (8), 1:51 2004-12-14 Austria Sölden, Austria
Win 14-0-1 Croatia Asmir Vojnovic TKO 4 (10), 0:45 2004-11-16 Germany Cuxhaven, Germany
Win 13-0-1 United States Willie Williams KO 3 (8), 2:25 2004-10-26 Germany Rostock, Germany
Win 12-0-1 United States Garing Lane KO 5 (8), 1:46 2004-07-31 Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Win 11-0-1 United States Sedreck Fields KO 2 (8), 2:45 2004-06-22 Austria Telfs, Austria Rematch.
Win 10-0-1 United States Wade Lewis KO 1 (6), 2:33 2004-05-18 Germany Lübeck, Germany
Win 9-0-1 Russia Alexey Varakin KO 2 (6), ?:?? 2004-03-30 Germany Aachen, Germany
Win 8-0-1 United States Sedreck Fields UD 6 2004-02-17 Germany Lübeck, Germany
Win 7-0-1 Brazil Daniel Frank KO 2 (6), 0:54 2003-11-18 Germany Wandsbek, Germany
Win 6-0-1 United States Zakeem Graham TKO 3 (10), 2:26 2003-05-22 United States Yonkers, USA
Draw 5-0-1 United States Rob Calloway TD 3 (10), 2:41 2002-10-05 United States Detroit, USA
Win 5–0 United States Chris Isaac UD 8 2002-05-11 United States Biloxi, USA
Win 4–0 United States Val Smith KO 1 (4), 2:26 2002-01-14 United States Las Vegas, USA
Win 3–0 United States Everett Martin TKO 4 (4), ? 2001-09-21 Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Win 2–0 United States Brian Jones KO 2 (4), 1:10 1997-09-03 United States Rosemont, USA
Win 1–0 United States Donnie Penelton KO 1 (4), 2:30 1997-08-21 United States Aurora, USA Chagaev's professional debut.

Personal life[edit]

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,[8] also born in Andijan. They have two children. Their first son, Artur, was born on 24 March 2004.

Professional championships[edit]

World titles:

  • WBA Heavyweight Champion
  • WBA Heavyweight Champion in Recess
  • WBA Regular Heavyweight Champion

Regional/International Titles:

  • WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
  • WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
  • WBO Asia Pacific Champion
  • PABA Heavyweight Champion
  • WBA Heavyweight Continental Champion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ESPN – Ibragimov, Chagaev to unify heavyweigh titles – Boxing". Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  2. ^ "Skelton to face Chagaev for WBA heavyweight title". USA TODAY (Gannett Co. Inc.). Associated Press. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 2002-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Boxing Commentary: The WBA Tournament – Are These Guys Crazy?". 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ ¡Chagaev venció a Davis Drummond en Rostock!. Retrieved on 2011-04-19.
  6. ^ Sukachev, Alexey (22 May 2010). "Chagaev Decisions Meehan, David Haye Could Be Next". Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Ruslan Chagaev – Boxer. Retrieved on 2011-04-19.
  8. ^ [2]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nikolai Valuev
WBA Heavyweight Champion
14 April 2007 – 18 July 2008
Status changed
Title next held by
Nikolai Valuev
New title WBA Heavyweight Champion
Champion in Recess

18 July 2008 – 24 July 2009
Title terminated
Title last held by
Alexander Povetkin
WBA Heavyweight Champion
Regular Title

6 July 2014 – present