Chagaev in 2007
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Reach||188 cm (74 in)|
19 October 1978 |
Andijan, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union (now Uzbekistan)
|Wins by KO||21|
Ruslan Chagaev (Tatar: Cyrillic Руслан Шамил улы Чагаев, Latin Ruslan Şamil ulı Çağaev; Russian: Руслан Шамилович Чагаев) born 19 October 1978) is an Uzbek-born Russian Tatar professional boxer. He is a two-time and current WBA heavyweight champion, having first won the title in 2007 with 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 IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. Chagaev won the WBA title for a second time – the organisation's "regular" title – in July 2014 by defeating Fres Oquendo.
- 1 Professional career
- 1.1 1997-2005; Early Career
- 1.2 2006: Title Contender
- 1.3 2007-2008: WBA Heavyweight Champion & Title Defense
- 1.4 2009: Second Title Defense & Klitschko Fight
- 1.5 2010-11: WBA Elimination Bout & Vacant WBA Title Shot
- 1.6 2012-14: Return Victories & Recapturing WBA Title
- 1.7 2015-Present: Second WBA Title & Defenses
- 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.
2010-11: WBA Elimination Bout & Vacant WBA Title Shot
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. 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
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 Wladimir Klitschko, who is also the IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Champion.
2015-Present: Second WBA Title & Defenses
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
|34 Wins (21 knockouts), 2 Losses, 1 Draw|
|Win||34-2-1||Francesco Pianeta||TKO||1 (12)||2015-07-11||GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt||retained WBA (Regular) World Heavyweight title|
|Win||33-2-1||Fres Oquendo||MD||12 (12)||2014-07-06||Ahmat Arena, Grozny, Russia||won vacant WBA (Regular) World Heavyweight title|
|Win||32-2-1||Jovo Pudar||UD||12 (12)||2013-10-05||Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia||won WBA Continental & PABA Heavyweight titles|
|Win||31-2-1||Mike Sheppard||KO||1 (10)||2013-03-22||Universal Hall, Berlin|
|Win||30-2-1||Werner Kreiskott||TKO||7 (8)||2012-09-01||Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen|
|Win||29-2-1||Billy Zumbrun||TKO||3 (8)||2012-04-21||Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern|
|Win||28-2-1||Kertson Manswell||UD||8 (8)||2012-01-28||Grand Elysée, Rotherbaum, Hamburg|
|Loss||27-2-1||Alexander Povetkin||UD||12 (12)||2011-08-27||Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen||for vacant WBA (Regular) Heavyweight title|
|Win||27-1-1||Travis Walker||UD||8 (8)||2010-11-19||Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg|
|Win||26-1-1||Kali Meehan||UD||12 (12)||2010-05-22||Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern||WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Loss||25-1-1||Wladimir Klitschko||RTD||9 (12)||2009-06-20||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen||for IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||25-0-1||Carl Davis Drumond||TD||6 (12)||2009-02-07||Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern||retained WBA World Heavyweight title|
|Win||24-0-1||Matt Skelton||UD||12 (12)||2008-01-19||Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen||retained WBA World Heavyweight title|
|Win||23-0-1||Nikolai Valuev||MD||12 (12)||2007-04-14||Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg||won WBA World Heavyweight title|
|Win||22-0-1||John Ruiz||SD||12 (12)||2006-11-18||Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen||WBA Heavyweight title tliminator|
|Win||21-0-1||Michael Sprott||TKO||8 (12)||2006-07-15||Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg||retained WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title; won WBO Asia|
|Win||20-0-1||Vladimir Virchis||MD||12 (12)||2006-03-11||Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg||won WBA & WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title|
|Win||19-0-1||Rob Calloway||KO||2 (10)||2006-01-07||Zenith - Die Kulturhalle, Munich, Bayern|
|Win||18-0-1||Mark Krence||KO||5 (8)||2005-10-22||Brandberge Arena, Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt|
|Win||17-0-1||Jucimar Francisco Hipolito||TKO||1 (8)||2005-09-28||Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg|
|Win||16-0-1||Sherman Williams||UD||8 (8)||2005-03-26||Erdgas Arena, Riesa, Sachsen|
|Win||15-0-1||Tommy Connelly||TKO||2 (8)||2004-12-14||Freizeit Arena, Sölden, Austria|
|Win||14-0-1||Asmir Vojnovic||TKO||4 (10)||2004-11-16||Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen|
|Win||13-0-1||Willie Williams||KO||3 (8)||2004-10-26||Scandlines Arena, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern|
|Win||12-0-1||Garing Lane||KO||5 (8)||2004-07-31||Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg|
|Win||11-0-1||Sedreck Fields||KO||2 (8)||2004-06-22||Sportzentrum, Telfs, Austria|
|Win||10-0-1||Wade Lewis||TKO||1 (6)||2004-05-18||Hansehalle, Lübeck, Sachsen-Anhalt|
|Win||9-0-1||Alexey Varakin||KO||2 (6)||2004-03-30||Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen|
|Win||8-0-1||Sedreck Fields||UD||6 (6)||2004-02-17||Hansehalle, Lübeck, Sachsen-Anhalt|
|Win||7-0-1||Daniel Frank||KO||2 (6)||2003-11-08||Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg|
|Win||6-0-1||Zakeem Graham||TKO||3 (10)||2003-05-22||Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, United States|
|Draw||5-0-1||Rob Calloway||TD||3 (10)||2002-10-05||Cobo Hall, Detroit, United States||fight stopped due to a Calloway cut caused by head-butt|
|Win||5–0||Chris Isaac||UD||8 (8)||2002-05-11||Grand Casino, Biloxi, United States|
|Win||4–0||Val Smith||KO||1 (4)||2002-01-14||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, United States|
|Win||3–0||Everett Martin||TKO||4 (4)||2001-09-21||Sport Palace Yunusabad, Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|Win||2–0||Brian Jones||KO||2 (4)||1997-09-03||Ramada Inn, Rosemont, United States|
|Win||1–0||Donnie Penelton||KO||1 (4)||1997-08-21||Hollywood Casino, Aurora, United States||Chagaev's professional debut.|
Ruslan Chagaev was born into 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 24 March 2004. Ruslan is a Muslim and resides in Grozny, Chechnya.
- 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?".
- ¡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.
- "Чемпион мира WBA Руслан Чагаев (Узбекистан): Только после боя я разглядел, какой же Валуев огромный!". Советский Спорт.
- 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
6 July 2014 – present