Nikolai Valuev

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Nikolay Valuev
Valuev in 2009
Real name Nikolai Sergeyevich Valuev
Nickname(s) Beast from the East
The Russian Giant
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Reach 85 in (216 cm)
Nationality Russian
Born (1973-08-21) 21 August 1973 (age 43)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 53
Wins 50
Wins by KO 34
Losses 2
No contests 1

Nikolai Sergeyevich Valuev (Russian: Никола́й Серге́евич Валу́ев, born 21 August 1973) is a Russian former professional boxer and two-time WBA heavyweight champion. After a professional career spanning 16 years, Valuev officially retired from the sport in November 2009. His final fight was a WBA heavyweight title defense against David Haye, in which Valuev was defeated by majority decision after twelve rounds.

Valuev defeated three world champions in John Ruiz, Siarhei Liakhovich and Evander Holyfield, as well as top contenders such as Clifford Etienne, Larry Donald, Owen Beck, Monte Barrett and Jameel McCline.

He currently resides in his birthplace of St. Petersburg with his wife and two children.


Valuev was born on 21 August 1973, in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia).[1]

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 is a Russian Orthodox Christian.[2] During his youth he played water polo and basketball.

Valuev has written a book in Russian called My 12 Rounds, with the help of prominent Russian sports journalist Konstantin Osipov.[3] 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.[4] The book was presented in St. Petersburg on 5 February 2007.

In January 2006 Valuev was accused of assaulting a security guard at the Spartak Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. No criminal investigation was ever launched by local police.[5][6]

Boxing career[edit]

First reign as WBA 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.[7] 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[edit]

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.

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).[8]

Second reign as WBA champion[edit]

Valuev vs. Liakhovich[edit]

On 16 February 2008, in a title eliminator, Valuev defeated former titleholder Sergei Liakhovich from Belarus, winning every round at the Nuremberg Arena in Germany.[9] 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.[10] 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 vs. Holyfield[edit]

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. Before the match, Valuev weighed 310.8 pounds (141 kg), nearly 100 pounds heavier than Holyfield at 214.3 pounds (97 kg).[11] After a rather uneventful match with no knockdowns and few punches thrown by either fighter, Valuev won a widely disputed majority decision.[12][13] In response to the controversial result The WBA announced plans to investigate the decision.[14]

Loss of WBA title to Haye[edit]

In his second defence on 7 November 2009, billed as 'David vs. Goliath' Valuev faced of against former unified and lineal cruiserweight champion David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung in Nuremberg. Valuev lost on points (114–114, 116–112, 116–112).[15]

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".[16] 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.[17]

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.[18] In 2008 Valuev played the main role in the film Stonehead by Philip Yankovskiy, playing an ex-boxer who lost his memory.[19] The film took the main prize at the film festival "Window to Europe".[20] After the success of Stonehead, it was announced Valuev is being filmed in two new films at the same time.[21]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

In December 2011 Russian parliamentary election he became a member of Duma through the United Russia Party. On 17 December 2012, Valuev supported[22] the law in the Russian Parliament banning adoption of Russian orphans by citizens of the US.

Involvement in other sports[edit]

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.[23][24] He is also the Vice-President of the All Russian Bandy Federation[25] Bandy is considered a national sport in Russia.[26]

Nikolai Valuev Boxing School[edit]

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.[27]

Valuev Youth Sports Foundation[edit]

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[edit]

50 Wins (34 Knockouts), 2 Losses, 1 No Contest[28]
Result Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 50–2
1 NC
United Kingdom David Haye MD 12 2009-11-07 Germany Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany Lost WBA Heavyweight title.
Win 50–1
1 NC
United States Evander Holyfield MD 12 2008-12-20 Switzerland Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland Defended WBA Heavyweight title.
Win 49–1
1 NC
United States John Ruiz UD 12 2008-08-30 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany Won vacant WBA Heavyweight title.
Win 48–1
1 NC
Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich UD 12 2008-02-16 Germany Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 47–1
1 NC
Canada Jean Francois Bergeron UD 12 2007-09-29 Germany EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany
Loss 46–1
1 NC
Uzbekistan Ruslan Chagaev MD 12 2007-04-14 Germany Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany Lost WBA Heavyweight title.
Win 46–0
1 NC
United States Jameel McCline RTD 3 (12), 3:00 2007-01-20 Switzerland St. Jakob Halle, Basel, Switzerland Defended WBA Heavyweight title.
Win 45–0
1 NC
United States Monte Barrett TKO 11 (12), 2:12 2006-10-07 United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, United States Defended WBA Heavyweight title.
Win 44–0
1 NC
Jamaica Owen Beck TKO 3 (12), 2:44 2006-06-03 Germany TUI Arena, Hannover, Germany Defended WBA Heavyweight title.
Win 43–0
1 NC
United States John Ruiz MD 12 2005-12-17 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany Won WBA Heavyweight title.
Win 42–0
1 NC
United States Larry Donald MD 12 2005-10-01 Germany EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title and WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 41–0
1 NC
United States Clifford Etienne KO 3 (12), ? 2005-05-14 Germany Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 40–0
1 NC
Sweden Attila Levin TKO 3 (12), 2:34 2005-02-12 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 39–0
1 NC
United States Gerald Nobles DQ 4 (12), 0:42 2004-11-20 Germany BigBox, Kempten, Germany Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title. Nobles disqualified for repeated low blows.
Win 38–0
1 NC
Italy Paolo Vidoz TKO 9 (12), 2:33 2004-10-09 Germany Messehalle, Erfurt, Germany Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 37–0
1 NC
Nigeria Richard Bango TKO 6 (10), 1:50 2004-07-24 Germany Brandenburg Halle, Frankfurt, Germany Won Interim WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title.
Win 36–0
1 NC
Argentina Marcelo Dominguez UD 8 2004-04-17 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany
Win 35–0
1 NC
United States Dicky Ryan TKO 1 (10), 2:43 2004-02-28 Germany Mehrzweckhalle, Dresden, Germany
Win 34–0
1 NC
United States Otis Tisdale KO 1 (8), ? 2003-10-04 Germany Stadthalle, Zwickau, Germany
Win 33–0
1 NC
Australia Bob Mirovic UD 8 2003-08-16 Germany Nuerburgring Race Track, Nürburg, Germany
Win 32–0
1 NC
Belarus Vitali Shkraba TKO 4 (10), ? 2003-07-18 Belarus Belarusian State Circus, Minsk, Belarus
Win 31–0
1 NC
Argentina Pedro Daniel Franco UD 12 2003-03-15 Russia Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia Defended PABA Heavyweight title.
Win 30–0
1 NC
Ukraine Kostiantyn Pryziuk RTD 3 (10), 3:00 2002-10-10 Russia Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia Defended Russian Heavyweight title.
Win 29–0
1 NC
Ukraine Taras Bidenko UD 12 2002-07-21 South Korea Seoul, South Korea Defended PABA Heavyweight title.
Win 28–0
1 NC
Ukraine Yaroslav Zavorotnyi TKO 3 (10), ? 2002-06-15 Ukraine Druzhba Palace of Sports, Donetsk Ukraine
Win 27–0
1 NC
New Zealand Toakipa Tasefa UD 12 2001-09-28 Russia Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia Defended PABA Heavyweight title.
Win 26–0
1 NC
United States George Linberger TKO 1 (12), ? 2001-06-30 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, United States Defended PABA Heavyweight title.
Win 25–0
1 NC
Belarus Vitali Shkraba TKO 4 (8), ? 2001-03-06 Russia Moscow, Russia Defended PABA Heavyweight title.
Win 24–0
1 NC
New Zealand Tone Fiso TKO 1 (12), ? 2000-10-29 Russia Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia Won PABA Heavyweight title.
Win 23–0
1 NC
Ukraine Yuriy Yelistratov UD 12 2000-06-06 Russia Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia Won Interim PABA heavyweight title.
Win 22–0
1 NC
Russia Yuri Nikolaev TKO 2 (6), ? 2000-03-10 Russia Novosibirsk, Russia
Win 21–0
1 NC
Russia Aleksei Varakin KO 1 (12), ? 1999-12-15 Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia Defended Russian Heavyweight title.
Win 20–0
1 NC
United States James McQueen KO 1 (6), ? 1999-06-25 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
NC 19–0
1 NC
Germany Andreas Sidon NC 6 1999-05-07 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic NC due to fighting without a referee.
Win 19–0 Tonga John Tupou TKO 4 (10), ? 1999-02-13 Japan Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan
Win 18–0 Russia Aleksei Osokin TKO 6 (10), ? 1999-01-22 Russia Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia Won vacant Russian Heavyweight title.
Win 17–0 Russia Evgeny Odolsky KO 1 (6), ? 1998-12-19 Russia Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 16–0 United States James Gaines UD 6 1998-06-09 Russia Moscow, Russia
Win 15–0 United States Jim Huffman TKO 2 (4), ? 1998-03-14 Russia Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow, Russia
Win 14–0 United States Sinclair Babb TKO 1 (6), 2:05 1997-12-06 Australia Stockland Stadium, Townsville, Australia
Win 13–0 Turkey Alarim Uysal TKO 2 (6), ? 1997-11-08 Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Win 12–0 United States Kevin Rosier KO 1 (6), ? 1997-09-27 Russia Moscow, Russia
Win 11–0 Australia August Tanuvasa TKO 1 (6), 2:44 1997-08-21 Australia Bankstown RSL Club, Sydney, Australia
Win 10–0 United States Rodney Harris UD 4 1997-07-26 Japan Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 9–0 United States Terrell Nelson TKO 2 (4), 1:26 1997-05-31 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, United States
Win 8–0 Fiji Manao Navuilawa TKO 1 (4), 1:24 1997-05-09 Australia Bankstown Sports Club, Sydney, Australia
Win 7–0 American Samoa Patrick Slade TKO 1 (4), 1:59 1997-03-21 Australia Parramatta RSL Club, Sydney, Australia
Win 6–0 United Kingdom Darren Fearn TKO 1 (6), 4:05 1996-11-26 England York Hall, London, England
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Neil Kirkwood TKO 2 (4), ? 1996-10-08 England Town Hall, London, England
Win 4–0 Russia Sergei Anikeev KO 2 (4), ? 1995-02-16 Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 3–0 Russia Aleksei Tsygankov KO 3 (4), ? 1994-04-15 Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 2–0 Russia Aleksandr Vasiliev UD 4 1994-02-22 Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 1–0 United States John Morton TKO 2 (4), ? 1993-10-15 Germany Sporthalle, Schöneberg, Germany Valuev's professional debut.


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Sporting positions
New title WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
Interim Title

24 July 2004 – 9 October 2004
Title last held by
Wladimir Klitschko
WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
9 October 2004 – 17 December 2005
Won world title
Title next held by
Ruslan Chagaev
Preceded by
John Ruiz
WBA Heavyweight Champion
17 December 2005 – 14 April 2007
Succeeded by
Ruslan Chagaev
Title last held by
Ruslan Chagaev
WBA Heavyweight Champion
30 August 2008 – 7 November 2009
Succeeded by
David Haye