Ruslan Chagaev

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Ruslan Chagaev
Руслан Чагаев
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Chagaev in 2007
Statistics
Real name Ruslan Shamilevich Chagaev
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 38
Wins 34
Wins by KO 21
Losses 2
Draws 1
No contests 1

Ruslan Shamilevich Chagaev (Tatar: Руслан Шамил улы Чагаев; Russian: Руслан Шамилович Чагаев); born 19 October 1978) is an Uzbekistani former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2016. He is a two-time WBA heavyweight champion, having held the full world title from 2007 to 2009, and the Regular title from 2014 to 2016. To date, Chagaev remains the only Asian in the history of boxing to hold a world heavyweight title by any of the four major sanctioning bodies.

In 2007 he defeated then-unbeaten Nikolai Valuev to win the WBA heavyweight title for the first time, and would make two successful defences. Due to injuries and being unable to grant Valuev a rematch in 2009, the WBA stripped Chagaev of the title. He went on to suffer his first professional loss in the same year to Wladimir Klitschko, who held the IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles; the fight was also for the vacant Ring magazine and lineal titles.

Chagaev won the WBA heavyweight title for a second time—this time the Regular version—by defeating Fres Oquendo in 2014. He made one successful defence, but lost the title to Lucas Browne in 2016. However, Browne later failed a drug test, thereby rendering the result a no contest. The WBA reinstated Chagaev as champion, but he was once again stripped of the title in July of that year after failing to pay sanctioning fees. On 28 July 2016 he announced his retirement from boxing due to ongoing eye injuries.[1]

As an amateur, Chagaev won gold medals at the 2001 World Championships and 1999 Asian Championships, in the heavyweight and super-heavyweight divisions respectively.

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.

2007-2009[edit]

WBA Heavyweight Champion and 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;[2] however, Chagaev had to drop out of the fight after contracting hepatitis B.[3] 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.[4] 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.

Second title defense[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 vs. Klitschko[edit]

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 and 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.[6] 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.

2012-16: Return victories and 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.

Chagaev vs. Pianeta[edit]

In his first title defense, he stopped long time contender Francesco Pianeta in the first round.

Chagaev vs. Browne[edit]

On 5 March 2016, Lucas Browne made history by becoming the first Australian to win a version of the world heavyweight championship, by stopping Chagaev in ten rounds to become WBA (Regular) heavyweight champion in Russia. Browne landed nearly 20 unanswered punches, mostly right hands, before referee Stanley Christodoulou stopped the fight at 2 minutes, 27 seconds.[1] Browne was knocked down in the sixth round and at the time of the knockout, behind on all judges scorecards (81-88, 82-88 twice).[2]

It was reported on March 22 that Browne failed his post-fight drug test and was then stripped of the belt and will likely have the result changed to a no-decision.[7][8]

On July 28, it was reported that Chagaev had been stripped of his WBA 'Regular' title for failure to pay outstanding sanctioning fees. According to WBA, Chagaev and promoter Timur Dugazaev have repeatedly failed to pay $40,750 in sanctioning fees related to Chagaev's majority decision victory against Fres Oquendo. The WBA said it sought payment multiple times and had no choice but to vacate the title when there was no response.[9]

Retirement[edit]

It was announced on July 28, 2016 by manager Timur Dugashev that Chagaev announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 37 due to problems with the eyes.Dugashev stated: "Ruslan informed us that he would no longer fight. The reason is the state of his eyes. Health is the most important thing."[10]

Professional boxing record[edit]

38 fights, 34 wins (21 knockouts), 2 losses (2 knockouts), 1 draw, 1 no contest
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
38 NC 34–2–1 (1) Australia Lucas Browne TKO 10 (12), 2:02 5 Mar 2016 Russia Colosseum Sport Hall, Grozny, Russia Originally a TKO win for Browne, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test;
Chagaev reinstated as champion by the WBA
37 Win 34–2–1 Italy Francesco Pianeta TKO 1 (12), 2:57 11 Jul 2015 Germany GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Germany Retained WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
36 Win 33–2–1 United States Fres Oquendo MD 12 6 Jul 2014 Russia Akhmat-Arena, Grozny, Russia Won vacant WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
35 Win 32–2–1 Serbia Jovo Pudar UD 12 5 Oct 2013 Russia Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia Won vacant WBA Continental and PABA heavyweight titles
34 Win 31–2–1 United States Mike Sheppard KO 1 (10), 1:40 22 Mar 2013 Germany Universal Hall, Berlin, Germany
33 Win 30–2–1 Germany Werner Kreiskott TKO 7 (8), 0:14 1 Sep 2012 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
32 Win 29–2–1 United States Billy Zumbrun TKO 3 (8), 1:26 21 Apr 2012 Germany Sport- und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany
31 Win 28–2–1 Trinidad and Tobago Kertson Manswell UD 8 28 Jan 2012 Germany Grand Elysée Rotherbaum, Hamburg, Germany
30 Loss 27–2–1 Russia Alexander Povetkin UD 12 27 Aug 2011 Germany Messe, Erfurt, Germany For vacant WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
29 Win 27–1–1 United States Travis Walker UD 8 19 Nov 2010 Germany Universum Gym Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
28 Win 26–1–1 Australia Kali Meehan UD 12 22 May 2010 Germany StadtHalle, Rostock, Germany
27 Loss 25–1–1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko RTD 9 (12), 3:00 20 Jun 2009 Germany Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany For IBF, WBO, IBO, vacant The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles
26 Win 25–0–1 Costa Rica Carl Davis Drumond TD 6 (12), 3:00 7 Feb 2009 Germany StadtHalle, Rostock, Germany Retained WBA heavyweight title;
Unanimous TD after Chagaev sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
25 Win 24–0–1 United Kingdom Matt Skelton UD 12 19 Jan 2008 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained WBA heavyweight title
24 Win 23–0–1 Russia Nikolai Valuev MD 12 14 Apr 2007 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany Won WBA heavyweight title
23 Win 22–0–1 United States John Ruiz SD 12 18 Nov 2006 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany
22 Win 21–0–1 United Kingdom Michael Sprott TKO 8 (12), 2:54 15 Jul 2006 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title;
Won WBO Asia-Pacific heavyweight title
21 Win 20–0–1 Ukraine Vladimir Virchis MD 12 11 Mar 2006 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Won WBA and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight titles
20 Win 19–0–1 United States Rob Calloway KO 2 (10), 2:10 7 Jan 2006 Germany Zenith, Munich, Germany
19 Win 18–0–1 United Kingdom Mark Krence KO 5 (8), 1:28 22 Oct 2005 Germany Brandberge Arena, Halle, Germany
18 Win 17–0–1 Brazil Jucimar Francisco Hipolito TKO 1 (8), 0:50 28 Sep 2005 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany
17 Win 16–0–1 The Bahamas Sherman Williams UD 8 26 Mar 2005 Germany Erdgas Arena, Riesa, Germany
16 Win 15–0–1 United States Tommy Connelly TKO 2 (8), 1:51 14 Dec 2004 Germany Freizeit Arena, Sölden, Austria
15 Win 14–0–1 Croatia Asmir Vojnovic TKO 4 (10), 0:45 16 Nov 2004 Germany Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Germany
14 Win 13–0–1 United States Willie Williams KO 3 (8), 2:25 26 Oct 2004 Germany Scandlines Arena, Rostock, Germany
13 Win 12–0–1 United States Garing Lane KO 5 (8), 1:46 31 Jul 2004 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
12 Win 11–0–1 United States Sedreck Fields KO 2 (8), 2:45 22 Jun 2004 Austria Sportzentrum, Telfs, Austria
11 Win 10–0–1 United States Wade Lewis TKO 1 (6), 2:33 18 May 2004 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany
10 Win 9–0–1 Russia Alexey Varakin KO 2 (6) 30 Mar 2004 Germany Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Germany
9 Win 8–0–1 United States Sedreck Fields UD 6 17 Feb 2004 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany
8 Win 7–0–1 Brazil Daniel Frank KO 2 (6), 0:54 8 Nov 2003 Germany Universum Gym Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
7 Win 6–0–1 United States Zakeem Graham TKO 3 (10), 2:26 22 May 2003 United States Raceway, Yonkers, New York, US
6 Draw 5–0–1 United States Rob Calloway TD 3 (10), 2:41 5 Oct 2002 United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, US Calloway sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
5 Win 5–0 United States Chris Isaac UD 8 11 May 2002 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, US
4 Win 4–0 United States Val Smith KO 1 (4), 2:26 14 Jan 2002 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, US
3 Win 3–0 United States Everett Martin TKO 4 (4) 21 Sep 2001 Uzbekistan Sport Palace Yunusabad, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
2 Win 2–0 United States Brian Jones KO 2 (4), 1:10 3 Sep 1997 United States Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, US
1 Win 1–0 United States Donnie Penelton KO 1 (4), 2:30 21 Aug 1997 United States Hollywood Casino, Aurora, Illinois, US Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional titles
Preceded by
Volodymyr Virchis
WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
11 March 2006 – 15 July 2006
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Taras Bidenko
WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
11 March 2006 – April 2006
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Alexander Dimitrenko
Vacant
Title last held by
Sultan Ibragimov
WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight champion
15 July 2006 – March 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Denis Bakhtov
New title WBA Continental heavyweight champion
5 October 2013 – 6 July 2014
Won world title
Vacant
Vacant
Title last held by
Billy Wright
PABA heavyweight champion
5 October 2013 – November 2013
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Billy Wright
World titles
Preceded by
Nikolai Valuev
WBA heavyweight champion
14 April 2007 – 18 July 2008
Status changed
Vacant
Title next held by
Nikolai Valuev
New title WBA heavyweight champion
In recess

18 July 2008 – 24 July 2009
Stripped
Title discontinued
Vacant
Title last held by
Alexander Povetkin
WBA heavyweight champion
Regular title

6 July 2014 – 25 July 2016
Stripped
Vacant

Personal life[edit]

Chagaev is of Volga Tatar ethnicity and an adherent of Islam.[11][12] His parents, Shamil and Zamira Chagaev, are Mishar Tatars from the village of Kalda[11] (located in today's Baryshsky District of Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia), who moved to the Uzbek SSR in the 1950s.[11] Chagaev has a sister, Luiza.[11] He is married to Viktoria, an ethnic Armenian,[13] 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.

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