Nikolai Valuev boxed from 1993 to 2009, twice profitable the WBA heavyweight championship between 2005 and 2009. He’s the tallest and heaviest world champion in boxing historical past, stands 2.13 meters tall, and weighs 149 kilos at his heaviest.
Chagaev defeated Valuev by a majority vote within the title protection, which befell on April 14, 2007. Alexander Zimin, who skilled the final Soviet Union novice boxing squad, changed Manuel Gabrielian as Valuev’s coach.
In a 12-round unanimous resolution, Valuev defeated Jean-Francois Bergeron on September 29, 2007, in Oldenburg, Germany (118-111 on all three playing cards). On the Nuremberg Area in Germany on February 16, 2008, Valuev defeated former champion Siarhei Liakhovich by profitable every spherical.
He now has the chance to defend his WBA title towards Chagaev, the one opponent he has ever defeated. On July 5, 2008, Chagaev was purported to problem him for his WBA championship; nonetheless, Chagaev withdrew resulting from an harm.
On August 30, 2008, Valuev confronted John Ruiz for the vacant championship; the WBA selected to designate Chagaev as “Champion in Recess.” He regained the WBA heavyweight belt by defeating Ruiz by unanimous resolution. Valuev and Chagaev have been scheduled to sq. off on June 26, 2009, to resolve who would symbolize the WBA as its champion.
Then, on December 20, 2008, Valuev confronted up towards the 46-year-old, four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield within the first title protection of his second reign because the WBA Champion. Valuev weighed 310.8 kilos (141 kg) earlier than the combat, about 100 kilos greater than Holyfield, who weighed 214.3 kilos (97 kg).
Valuev prevailed in a hotly contested majority resolution following a considerably uninteresting combat that included no knockdowns and few punches from both combatant. The WBA declared preparations to think about the selection in response to the contentious final result.
On the Area Nurnberger Versicherung in Nuremberg on November 7, 2009, Valuev fought former unified and lineal cruiserweight champion David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) in what was dubbed “David versus, Goliath,” his second protection. Valuev was defeated in a majority vote.
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