Nikolai Sergeyevich Valuev (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.
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.
resides in his birthplace of St. Petersburg with his wife and two
Valuev was born on August 21, 1973, in Leningrad,
Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia).
three young children, daughter Irina and son Grisha (Grigoriy), his
third child, son Sergei, was born on July 30, 2012. In his professional
boxing career Valuev has been defeated only twice by Ruslan Chagaev
and David Haye.
Valuev is a Russian Orthodox Christian. 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. 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. The
book was presented in St.Petersburg on February 5, 2007.
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.
First reign as WBA
In 2005, Valuev squared off with WBA heavyweight champion
John Ruiz, and won a twelve round majority decision, becoming both
the tallest (7 ft) and heaviest (323 lbs) champion in boxing history.
In his first defence he defeated challenger Own 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, succesfully 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
title defence was held on April 14, 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 September 29, 2007, Valuev
won against Jean-Francois Bergeron in Oldenburg, Germany, by a 12
round unanimous decision (118-111 on all three cards).
reign as WBA champion
In a February 16, 2008, title eliminator, Valuev
defeated former titleholder Sergei Liakhovich from Balarus, wining
every round at the Nuremberg Arena in Germany. 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 July 5, 2008, but Chagaev pulled
out with an injury. Valuev instead fought John Ruiz for the vacant
title on August 30, 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 June 26, 2009 to determine whom the WBA regarded as