Nikolai Valuev

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Nikolai Valuev
Никола́й Валу́ев
Nikolay Valuev 2018-11-21.jpg
Valuev in 2018
Member of the State Duma
Assumed office
21 December 2011
Nikolai Valuev
Statistics
Nickname(s)
  • Beast from the East
  • The Russian Giant
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)[1][2][3][nb 1]
Reach216 cm (85 in)
NationalityRussian
Born (1973-08-21) 21 August 1973 (age 49)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights53
Wins50
Wins by KO34
Losses2
No contests1

Nikolai Sergeyevich Valuev (vah-LOO-yeff, Russian: Никола́й Серге́евич Валу́ев, IPA: [vɐˈlujɪf]; born 21 August 1973) is a Russian politician and former professional boxer. He competed in boxing from 1993 to 2009, and held the WBA heavyweight title twice between 2005 and 2009. Standing at a height of 2.13 metres (7 ft) and a peak weight of 149 kilograms (328 lb), Valuev is best known for being the tallest and heaviest world champion in boxing history.[4][5]

Biography[edit]

Valuev was born on 21 August 1973, in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia).[6] He is of ethnic Russian descent, but he also had a Tatar grandfather. Although his own parents are short—both 1.67 m (5.5 ft) tall—his Tatar great-grandfather has been described as "of mountainous proportions" and "a warrior giant of Russian folklore." His own size and appearance are due to gigantism complicated by acromegaly.[7]

Valuev is a Russian Orthodox Christian.[8]

Valuev has written a book in Russian called My 12 Rounds, with the help of Russian sports journalist Konstantin Osipov.[9] The book discusses his life in general and his boxing career in particular. For that book, Valuev received an award from the government of Saint Petersburg.[10]

In January 2006, Valuev was accused of assaulting a security guard at the Spartak Ice Palace in Saint Petersburg. No criminal investigation was launched by local police.[11][12]

Amateur career[edit]

Highlights[edit]

Russian National Championships (+91 kg), Saint Petersburg, Russia, May 1994:

Goodwill Games (+91 kg), Saint Petersburg, July 1994:

Professional career[edit]

First reign as WBA heavyweight champion[edit]

In 2005, Valuev squared off with WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz, and won a twelve-round majority-decision, becoming both the tallest (2.13 m or 7 ft) and heaviest (323 lbs) champion in boxing history.[13]

Valuev vs. Chagaev[edit]

Valuev vs. Chagaev, 2007

The title defense 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. On 29 September 2007, Valuev won against Jean-Francois Bergeron in Oldenburg, Germany, by a 12-round unanimous decision (118–111 on all three cards).[14]

Second reign as WBA champion[edit]

Valuev vs. Liakhovich[edit]

On 16 February 2008, in a title eliminator, Valuev defeated former titleholder Siarhei Liakhovich, winning every round at the Nuremberg Arena in Germany.[15] 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.[16]

Valuev vs. Holyfield[edit]

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 20 December 2008. Before the match, Valuev weighed 310.8 pounds (141 kg), nearly 100 pounds heavier than Holyfield at 214.3 pounds (97 kg).[17] After a rather uneventful match with no knockdowns and few punches thrown by either fighter, Valuev won a widely disputed majority decision.[18][19] In response to the controversial result the WBA announced plans to investigate the decision.[20]

Loss to Haye[edit]

Valuev in 2009

In his second defense on 7 November 2009, billed as 'David vs. Goliath', Valuev faced off against former unified and lineal cruiserweight champion David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung in Nuremberg. Valuev lost by a majority decision (114–114, 116–112, 116–112).[21]

Retirement from boxing and health problems[edit]

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".[22] 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.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Acting career and advertising[edit]

Valuev's first role in a film was a cameo appearance in the German film 7 Zwerge – Der Wald ist nicht genug in 2006.[24] In 2008, Valuev played the main role in the film Stonehead by Philip Yankovskiy, playing an ex-boxer who lost his memory.[25] The film took the main prize at the film festival "Window to Europe".[26] After the success of Stonehead, it was announced Valuev was being filmed in two new films at the same time.[27]

In August 2016, Valuev became a presenter in “Good Night, Little Ones!”, Russia’s long-running TV program for small children.[28]

Political career[edit]

Valuev with Igor Nikitin, 2011

In December 2011 Russian parliamentary election, Valuev became a member of the State Duma through the United Russia Party. On 17 December 2012, Valuev supported[29] the law in the Russian Parliament banning adoption of Russian orphans by citizens of the US.

Following the IOC's decision to suspend Russia from participating in the Olympics under its flag due to the Russian state-sponsored doping scandal, Valuev said that Russia should go to the Olympics and "tear everyone apart to spite these bastards who want to kill our sport."[30]

Involvement in other sports[edit]

In 2011, Valuev became the general manager of the Russia national bandy team, and is tasked with developing the sport in the country.[31][32] He is also the Vice-President of the Russian Bandy Federation.[33] Bandy is considered a national sport in Russia.[34]

Nikolai Valuev Boxing School and Youth Sports Foundation[edit]

In 2009, Valuev, together with a group of coaches, created the Nikolay Valuev Boxing School, with offices in Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast. The school is divided into 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 Saint Petersburg.[35]

Professional boxing record[edit]

53 fights 50 wins 2 losses
By knockout 34 0
By decision 15 2
By disqualification 1 0
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
53 Loss 50–2 (1) David Haye MD 12 7 Nov 2009 Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany Lost WBA heavyweight title
52 Win 50–1 (1) Evander Holyfield MD 12 20 Dec 2008 Hallenstadion, Zürich, Switzerland Retained WBA heavyweight title
51 Win 49–1 (1) John Ruiz UD 12 30 Aug 2008 Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany Won vacant WBA heavyweight title
50 Win 48–1 (1) Siarhei Liakhovich UD 12 16 Feb 2008 Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany
49 Win 47–1 (1) Jean Francois Bergeron UD 12 29 Sep 2007 Small EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany Won WBA–NABA heavyweight title
48 Loss 46–1 (1) Ruslan Chagaev MD 12 14 Apr 2007 Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany Lost WBA heavyweight title
47 Win 46–0 (1) Jameel McCline RTD 3 (12), 3:00 20 Jan 2007 St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland Retained WBA heavyweight title
46 Win 45–0 (1) Monte Barrett TKO 11 (12), 2:12 7 Oct 2006 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, US Retained WBA heavyweight title
45 Win 44–0 (1) Owen Beck TKO 3 (12), 2:44 3 Jun 2006 TUI Arena, Hanover, Germany Retained WBA heavyweight title
44 Win 43–0 (1) John Ruiz MD 12 17 Dec 2005 Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany Won WBA heavyweight title
43 Win 42–0 (1) Larry Donald MD 12 1 Oct 2005 Small EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany Retained WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title
42 Win 41–0 (1) Clifford Etienne KO 3 (12) 14 May 2005 Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany Retained WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title
41 Win 40–0 (1) Attila Levin TKO 3 (12), 2:34 12 Feb 2005 Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany Retained WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title
40 Win 39–0 (1) Gerald Nobles DQ 4 (12), 0:42 20 Nov 2004 BigBox, Kempten, Germany Retained WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title;
Nobles disqualified for repeated holding
39 Win 38–0 (1) Paolo Vidoz TKO 9 (12), 2:33 9 Oct 2004 Messe, Erfurt, Germany Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title
38 Win 37–0 (1) Richard Igbineghu TKO 6 (10), 1:50 24 Jul 2004 Brandenburg-Halle, Frankfurt, Germany Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental interim heavyweight title
37 Win 36–0 (1) Marcelo Domínguez UD 8 17 Apr 2004 Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
36 Win 35–0 (1) Dicky Ryan TKO 1 (10), 2:43 28 Feb 2004 Mehrzweckhalle, Dresden, Germany
35 Win 34–0 (1) Otis Tisdale KO 1 (8) 4 Oct 2003 Stadthalle, Zwickau, Germany
34 Win 33–0 (1) Bob Mirovic UD 8 16 Aug 2003 Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany
33 Win 32–0 (1) Vitali Shkraba TKO 4 (10) 18 Jul 2003 State Circus, Minsk, Belarus
32 Win 31–0 (1) Pedro Daniel Franco UD 12 15 Mar 2003 Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia Retained PABA heavyweight title
31 Win 30–0 (1) Kostiantyn Pryziuk RTD 3 (10), 3:00 10 Oct 2002 Casino Conti Giant Hall, Saint Petersburg, Russia Retained Russian heavyweight title
30 Win 29–0 (1) Taras Bidenko UD 12 21 Jul 2002 Seoul, South Korea Retained PABA heavyweight title
29 Win 28–0 (1) Yaroslav Zavorotnyi TKO 3 (10) 15 Jun 2002 Druzhba Arena, Donetsk Ukraine
28 Win 27–0 (1) Toakipa Tasefa UD 12 28 Sep 2001 Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia Retained PABA heavyweight title
27 Win 26–0 (1) George Linberger TKO 1 (12), 1:20 30 Jun 2001 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Won vacant PABA heavyweight title
26 Win 25–0 (1) Vitali Shkraba TKO 4 (8) 6 Mar 2001 Arena CSKA, Moscow, Russia
25 Win 24–0 (1) Tone Fiso TKO 1 (12) 29 Oct 2000 Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia Retained PABA interim heavyweight title
24 Win 23–0 (1) Yuriy Yelistratov UD 12 6 Jun 2000 Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia Won vacant PABA interim heavyweight title
23 Win 22–0 (1) Yuri Nikolaev TKO 2 (6) 10 Mar 2000 Novosibirsk, Russia
22 Win 21–0 (1) Aleksei Varakin KO 1 (12), 1:30 15 Dec 1999 State Circus, Saint Petersburg, Russia Retained Russian heavyweight title
21 Win 20–0 (1) James McQueen KO 1 (6) 25 Jun 1999 Prague, Czech Republic
20 NC 19–0 (1) Andreas Sidon NC 6 7 May 1999 Prague, Czech Republic NC after the referee left the ring before the end of the fight
19 Win 19–0 John Tupou TKO 4 (6), 1:16 13 Feb 1999 Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan
18 Win 18–0 Aleksei Osokin TKO 6 (10) 22 Jan 1999 Casino Conti Giant Hall, Saint Petersburg, Russia Won vacant Russia heavyweight title
17 Win 17–0 Evgeny Odolsky KO 1 (6) 19 Dec 1998 Tundra Bar, Saint Petersburg, Russia
16 Win 16–0 James Gaines UD 6 9 Jun 1998 State Circus, Moscow, Russia
15 Win 15–0 Jim Huffman TKO 2 (6), 0:37 14 Mar 1998 Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia
14 Win 14–0 Sinclair Babb TKO 1 (6), 2:50 6 Dec 1997 Stockland Stadium, Townsville, Australia
13 Win 13–0 Alarim Uysal TKO 2 8 Nov 1997 Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
12 Win 12–0 Kevin Rosier KO 1 27 Sep 1997 State Circus, Moscow, Russia
11 Win 11–0 Aug Tanuvasa TKO 1 (6), 2:44 21 Aug 1997 Bankstown RSL Club, Sydney, Australia
10 Win 10–0 Rodney Harris PTS 4 26 Jul 1997 Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan
9 Win 9–0 Terrell Nelson TKO 2 (4), 1:26 31 May 1997 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
8 Win 8–0 Manao Navuilawa TKO 1 (4), 1:24 9 May 1997 Bankstown Sports Club, Sydney, Australia
7 Win 7–0 Patrick Slade TKO 1 (4), 1:59 21 Mar 1997 Parramatta RSL Club, Sydney, Australia
6 Win 6–0 Darren Fearn RTD 1 (6), 3:00 26 Nov 1996 York Hall, London, England
5 Win 5–0 Neil Kirkwood TKO 2 (4) 8 Oct 1996 Battersea Town Hall, London, England
4 Win 4–0 Sergei Anikeev KO 2 (4) 16 Feb 1995 State Circus, Saint Petersburg, Russia
3 Win 3–0 Aleksei Tsygankov KO 3 (4) 15 Apr 1994 State Circus, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2 Win 2–0 Aleksandr Vasiliev PTS 4 22 Feb 1994 State Circus, Saint Petersburg, Russia
1 Win 1–0 John Morton TKO 2 (4) 15 Oct 1993 Sporthalle, Schöneberg, Germany

Filmography[edit]

  • 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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sources vary on his height, with some listing him as 2.18 m (7.2 ft)

References[edit]

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  29. ^ "(2 чтение) ФЗ №186614-6 "О мерах воздействия на лиц, причастных к нарушению основополагающих прав и свобод человека, прав и свобод граждан РФ"".
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