Ruslan Chagaev

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Ruslan Chagaev
Руслан Чагаев
Chagaev in 2007
Nickname(s) White Tyson
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Reach 188 cm (74 in)
Nationality Uzbekistani
Born (1978-10-19) 19 October 1978 (age 37)
Andijan, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union (now Uzbekistan)
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 37
Wins 34
Wins by KO 21
Losses 2
Draws 1

Ruslan Chagaev (Tatar: Руслан Шамил улы Чагаев; Russian: Руслан Шамилович Чагаев) born 19 October 1978) is an Uzbekistani professional boxer. He is the current WBA (Regular) heavyweight champion, having previously held the full version of the title in 2007, following a majority decision victory over Nikolai Valuev; this made him the first and to date only Asian in the history of boxing to hold a major heavyweight title. He was made "champion in recess" after sustaining an injury and was forced to relinquish the title after failing to face Valuev in a scheduled rematch. In June 2009, Chagaev suffered his first career defeat to then-reigning IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Chagaev won the WBA title for a second time – the organisation's "regular" title – in July 2014 by defeating Fres Oquendo.

As an amateur, fighting in the super heavyweight division, Chagaev won gold medals at the Asian and World Championships.

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. 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.[4] 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.

2010-11: WBA Elimination Bout & Vacant WBA Title Shot[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.[5] Six months later in a stay busy fight, he defeated Travis Walker on points in an eight round fight. On 27 August 2011 Chagaev lost a competitive bout against Alexander Povetkin by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.

2012-14: Return Victories & Recapturing WBA Title[edit]

After 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 Tyson Fury, who is also the IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Champion.

2015-Present: Second WBA Title & Defenses[edit]

In his first title defense, he stopped long time contender Francesco Pianeta in the first round. He is scheduled to take on Fres Oquendo in a rematch.

Professional boxing record[edit]

37 fights, 34 wins (21 knockouts), 2 losses (1 knockout), 1 draw[6]
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
N/A Australia Lucas Browne 12 2016-03-05 Russia Ahmat-Arena, Grozny, Russia Defending WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
Win 34-2-1 Italy Francesco Pianeta TKO 1 (12), 2:57 2015-07-11 Germany GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt Retained WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
Win 33-2-1 United States Fres Oquendo MD 12 (12) 2014-07-06 Russia Ahmat-Arena, Grozny, Russia Won vacant WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
Win 32-2-1 Serbia Jovo Pudar UD 12 (12) 2013-10-05 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia Won WBA Continental and PABA heavyweight titles
Win 31-2-1 United States Mike Sheppard KO 1 (10), 1:40 2013-03-22 Germany Universal Hall, Berlin
Win 30-2-1 Germany Werner Kreiskott TKO 7 (8), 0:14 2012-09-01 Germany Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 29-2-1 United States Billy Zumbrun TKO 3 (8), 1:26 2012-04-21 Germany Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 28-2-1 Trinidad and Tobago Kertson Manswell UD 8 (8) 2012-01-28 Germany Grand Elysée, Rotherbaum, Hamburg
Loss 27-2-1 Russia Alexander Povetkin UD 12 (12) 2011-08-27 Germany Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen For vacant WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
Win 27-1-1 United States Travis Walker UD 8 (8) 2010-11-19 Germany Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg
Win 26-1-1 Australia Kali Meehan UD 12 (12) 2010-05-22 Germany Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern WBA heavyweight title eliminator
Loss 25-1-1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko RTD 9 (12), 3:00 2009-06-20 Germany Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen For IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles
Win 25-0-1 Costa Rica Carl Davis Drumond TD 6 (12), 3:00 2009-02-07 Germany Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Retained WBA heavyweight title
Win 24-0-1 United Kingdom Matt Skelton UD 12 (12) 2008-01-19 Germany Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 23-0-1 Russia Nikolai Valuev MD 12 (12) 2007-04-14 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Won WBA heavyweight title
Win 22-0-1 United States John Ruiz SD 12 (12) 2006-11-18 Germany Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen WBA heavyweight title eliminator
Win 21-0-1 United Kingdom Michael Sprott TKO 8 (12), 2:54 2006-07-15 Germany Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg Retained WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title
Won WBO Asia-Pacific heavyweight title
Win 20-0-1 Ukraine Vladimir Virchis MD 12 (12) 2006-03-11 Germany Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg Won WBA and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight titles
Win 19-0-1 United States Rob Calloway KO 2 (10), 2:10 2006-01-07 Germany Zenith - Die Kulturhalle, Munich, Bayern
Win 18-0-1 United Kingdom Mark Krence KO 5 (8), 1:28 2005-10-22 Germany Brandberge Arena, Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt
Win 17-0-1 Brazil Jucimar Francisco Hipolito TKO 1 (8), 0:50 2005-09-28 Germany Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg
Win 16-0-1 The Bahamas Sherman Williams UD 8 (8) 2005-03-26 Germany Erdgas Arena, Riesa, Sachsen
Win 15-0-1 United States Tommy Connelly TKO 2 (8), 1:51 2004-12-14 Germany Freizeit Arena, Sölden, Austria
Win 14-0-1 Croatia Asmir Vojnovic TKO 4 (10), 0:45 2004-11-16 Germany Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen
Win 13-0-1 United States Willie Williams KO 3 (8), 2:25 2004-10-26 Germany Scandlines Arena, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 12-0-1 United States Garing Lane KO 5 (8), 1:46 2004-07-31 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 11-0-1 United States Sedreck Fields KO 2 (8), 2:45 2004-06-22 Austria Sportzentrum, Telfs, Austria
Win 10-0-1 United States Wade Lewis TKO 1 (6), 2:33 2004-05-18 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Sachsen-Anhalt
Win 9-0-1 Russia Alexey Varakin KO 2 (6) 2004-03-30 Germany Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 8-0-1 United States Sedreck Fields UD 6 (6) 2004-02-17 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Sachsen-Anhalt
Win 7-0-1 Brazil Daniel Frank KO 2 (6), 0:54 2003-11-08 Germany Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg
Win 6-0-1 United States Zakeem Graham TKO 3 (10), 2:26 2003-05-22 United States Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, United States
Draw 5-0-1 United States Rob Calloway TD 3 (10), 2:41 2002-10-05 United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, United States Fight stopped due to a Calloway cut caused by headbutt
Win 5–0 United States Chris Isaac UD 8 (8) 2002-05-11 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, United States
Win 4–0 United States Val Smith KO 1 (4) 2002-01-14 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, United States
Win 3–0 United States Everett Martin TKO 4 (4) 2001-09-21 Uzbekistan Sport Palace Yunusabad, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Win 2–0 United States Brian Jones KO 2 (4), 1:10 1997-09-03 United States Ramada Inn, Rosemont, United States
Win 1–0 United States Donnie Penelton KO 1 (4), 2:30 1997-08-21 United States Hollywood Casino, Aurora, United States Professional debut

Personal life[edit]

Chagaev is of Volga Tatar ethnicity.[7] His parents, Shamil and Zamira Chagaev, are Mishar Tatars from the village of Kalda[7] (located in today's Baryshsky District of Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia), who moved to the Uzbek SSR in the 1950s.[7] Chagaev has a sister, Luiza.[7] He is married to Viktoria, an ethnic Armenian,[8] who is also from Andijan. They have two children together. Their first son, Artur, was born on 24 March 2004. Ruslan resides in Hamburg, Germany with his family.

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

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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