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Nikolay Valuev - World Heaviest and Tallest Boxing Champion in History

February 11, 2010 , Posted by byu at 8:19 PM

Do you know who is the heaviest and tallest boxing champion in the history?? well he is Nikolay Valuev  from Russia. he also known as Russian Giant. although he is a giant but he has a very cute and tiny wife. here's the picture of The World Tallest and Heaviest Boxing Champion in the History with his family.

Here’s a guy you don’t ever want to pick a fight with: Nikolay "Russian Giant" Valuev, who, at 7 feet tall, absolutely towers over his opponents (before pummelling them to oblivion).

Nikolay also happens to be the heaviest and tallest heavyweight boxing champion in history.

His British challenger has a mountain to climb, but in fact the Russian giant is a sensitive soul who wooed his wife with love poems and likes a bit of Miss Marple. His wife is tiny [5ft 2in] and they have two small children

  • Real name         Nikolai Valuev
  • Nickname(s)     The Beast from the East
  • Rated at            Heavyweight
  • Height               7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
  • Reach               88 in (2.24 m)
  • Nationality        Russian
  • Birth date         August 21, 1973 (1973-08-21) (age 36)
  • Birth place        Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Stance              Orthodox
  • Boxing record
  • Total fights         53
  • Wins                  50
  • Wins by KO      34
  • Losses               2
  • Draws                0
  • No contests       1


Valuev was born on August 21, 1973, in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). He is of Russian descent, but he also had a Tatar grandfather.
He wooed his wife, Galya, with poetry that he composed himself.[citation needed] He has two young children, daughter Irina and son Grisha (Grigoriy). 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.

 Boxing career

After an amateur career where he had a record of 23-0, with 16 knockouts, he became a professional fighter in 1993. His debut bout was against American John Morton, and Valuev beat him by knockout in the second round. In 1999 he took the Russian heavyweight title and in 2000 he won a Pan-Asian title.

Valuev propelled himself into a position to fight for a world title with victories over Bob Mirovic, Otis Tisdale, Paolo Vidoz, Gerald Nobles, Attila Levin, and Clifford Etienne.


 1st reign as WBA champion

In 2005, Valuev squared off with WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz, and won a twelve-round majority-decision. Two judges favored Valuev by scores of 116-114 and 116-113, while the third saw the fight as a 114-114 draw — enough to give Valuev the title. This victory came after narrowly defeating Larry Donald on points in the title elimination bout.

In June 2006, in his first defence of the WBA Heavyweight Championship, Nikolai Valuev (then 44-0, 33 KOs) defeated challenger Owen 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, for Valuev's 45th win. Barrett was knocked down twice in the 8th and once in the 11th round, but managed to get up. After being knocked down for the final time in the eleventh round, his trainer James Ali Basheer jumped into the ring to stop the fight.

In January 2007, Valuev fought Jameel McCline (38-6-3, 23 KOs) in St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland. Valuev won the match, successfully 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

In the tournament to determine who would next challenge Valuev for his title, Ruslan Chagaev from Uzbekistan beat John Ruiz, who lost his championship to Valuev in 2005. The title defense was held on April 14, 2007. Chagaev defeated Valuev by a majority decision (111-111, 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).

 Regains WBA championship

In a 16 February 2008, title eliminator, Valuev defeated former titleholder Sergei Liakhovich from Belarus, winning every round at the Nuremberg Arena in Germany.[9] 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 5 July 2008, but Chagaev pulled out with an injury. Valuev instead fought John Ruiz for the vacant title on 30 August 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 26 June 2009 to determine who the WBA regarded as their champion.[10] Their scheduled rematch on May 30, 2009 was cancelled due to Chagaev's viral infection and 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 #1 challenger instead.

Valuev's first title defence of his second reign as WBA Champion was against the 46-year old, four-time heavyweight champion of the world, Evander Holyfield, on 20 December 2008, a match Valuev won on a points decision that was controversial since most observers felt that Holyfield had won the most rounds.

WBA title loss

In his second defence, Valuev lost his title on 7 November 2009 against former undisputed cruiserweight champion David Haye in Nuremberg on points (114-114, 116-112, 116-112)

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