Nikolai Valuev (born August 21, 1973) is a former Russian professional boxer. He boxed as a professional heavyweight from 1993 to 2009. Valuev is a former Russian and two-time WBA heavyweight champion. He holds the record as the tallest and heaviest boxing champion in history. At his peak he stood 7' 1" (2.16m) and weighed more than 320lbs (145kg). Valuev holds notable wins over John Ruiz, Jameel McCline, Siarhei Liakhovich and Evander Holyfield. He retired at the age of 36, following a majority-decision defeat to David Haye in November 2009.
He has three young children, daughter Irina and son Grisha (Grigoriy), his third child, son Sergei, was born on 30 July 2012. In his professional boxing career Valuev has been defeated only twice by Ruslan Chagaev and David Haye.
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 5 February 2007.
In 2005, Valuev squared off with WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz, and won a twelve-round majority-decision, becoming both the tallest (2.1 m or 7 ft) and heaviest (323lbs) champion in boxing history. In his first defence he 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. 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.
The title defence was held on 14 April 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.
In a 16 February 2008, title eliminator, Valuev defeated former titleholder Sergei Liakhovich from Belarus, winning 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 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 whom the WBA regarded as their champion. Their scheduled rematch on 30 May 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 No. 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, in which Valuev won a controversial majority decision. Before the match, Valuev weighed 310.8 pounds (141 kg), nearly 100 pounds heavier than Holyfield at 214.3 pounds (97 kg).
Valuev announced his retirement from boxing in a Russian newspaper three days after the loss to Haye on 10 November 2009.
In 2010, Valuev's doctor went on record saying that he is treating Valuev for "serious bone and joint problems". Valuev underwent two operations that required at least six months on the sidelines.
Valuev confirmed in 2013 that medical advice was one of the reasons he is not planning to make a comeback in boxing.
Valuev's first role in a film was a cameo appearance in the German film7 Zwerge – Der Wald ist nicht genug in 2006. In 2008 Valuev played the main role in the film Stonehead by Philip Yankovskiy, playing an ex-boxer who lost his memory. The film took the main prize at the film festival "Window to Europe". After the success of Stonehead, it was announced Valuev is being filmed in two new films at the same time.
Nikolai Valuev has participated in several photo and video advertisements of various products and services. In November 2009 he signed a promotional contract with a German sausage manufacturer, making Valuev the face of the company's advertisement campaign for five years. Nikolai Valuev is also planning to open a family restaurant in Germany. In August 2010, Valuev signed a promotional contract with Pokerstars poker portal, which is going to achieve professional success in this game.
Valuev's distinctive appearance and fame have occasionally attracted the use of his images in advertising without his permission. In particular, the Penza theatre "Contemporary" for some time before the movie showing the film, where Nikolai Valuev acts as a man who punishes the audience disturbing others. Nikolai Valuev, upon learning about this, sued the theatre for damages amounting to 2 million rubles. In 2011, Nikolai Valuev is involved in the advertising power of "Interskol" as well as in advertising MTS.
In December 2011 Russian parliamentary election he became a member of Duma through the United Russia Party. On 17 December 2012, Valuev supported the law in the Russian Parliament banning adoption of Russian orphans by citizens of the US.
In 2011, Valuev became the General Manager of Russia national bandy team and he also has as a task to develop the so-called Russian hockey in the country. He is also the Vice-President of the All Russian Bandy Federation. Bandy is considered a national sport in Russia.
In 2009, Nikolai Valuev, together with a group of coaches, created "Nikolay Valuev Boxing School" with offices in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast. The school is based on three types of age groups: pupils (school terms 3-5), students (terms 6-8) and adults. School pupils participate and compete in various boxing matches, including the "Valuev Cup" youth boxing tournament, which became a regular competition in St. Petersburg.
The Valuev Foundation was opened on 13 September 2010. The fund was established to promote regular physical exercise among young people to enable children of different social backgrounds play sports, to further their education and strengthen the principles of sport, as well as spread the ideals of sports into other areas.
|50 Wins (34 Knockouts), 2 Losses, 1 No Contest|
|Loss||50–21 NC||David Haye||MD||11||2009-11-07||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany||Lost WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||50–11 NC||Evander Holyfield||MD||12||2008-12-20||Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland||Defended WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||49–11 NC||John Ruiz||UD||12||2008-08-30||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany||Won vacant WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||48–11 NC||Siarhei Liakhovich||UD||12||2008-02-16||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany||WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||47–11 NC||Jean Francois Bergeron||UD||12||2007-09-29||EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany|
|Loss||46–11 NC||Ruslan Chagaev||MD||12||2007-04-14||Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany||Lost WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||46–01 NC||Jameel McCline||RTD||3 (12), 3:00||2007-01-20||St. Jakob Halle, Basel, Switzerland||Defended WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||45–01 NC||Monte Barrett||TKO||11 (12), 2:12||2006-10-07||Allstate Arena, Rosemont, United States||Defended WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||44–01 NC||Owen Beck||TKO||3 (12), 2:44||2006-06-03||TUI Arena, Hannover, Germany||Defended WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||43–01 NC||John Ruiz||MD||12||2005-12-17||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany||Won WBA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||42–01 NC||Larry Donald||MD||12||2005-10-01||EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany||Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title and WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||41–01 NC||Clifford Etienne||KO||3 (12), ?||2005-05-14||Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany||Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Win||40–01 NC||Attila Levin||TKO||3 (12), 2:34||2005-02-12||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany||Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Win||39–01 NC||Gerald Nobles||DQ||4 (12), 0:42||2004-11-20||BigBox, Kempten, Germany||Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title. Nobles disqualified for repeated low blows.|
|Win||38–01 NC||Paolo Vidoz||TKO||9 (12), 2:33||2004-10-09||Messehalle, Erfurt, Germany||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Win||37–01 NC||Richard Bango||TKO||6 (10), 1:50||2004-07-24||Brandenburg Halle, Frankfurt, Germany||Won Interim WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title.|
|Win||36–01 NC||Marcelo Dominguez||UD||8||2004-04-17||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Germany|
|Win||35–01 NC||Dicky Ryan||TKO||1 (10), 2:43||2004-02-28||Mehrzweckhalle, Dresden, Germany|
|Win||34–01 NC||Otis Tisdale||KO||1 (8), ?||2003-10-04||Stadthalle, Zwickau, Germany|
|Win||33–01 NC||Bob Mirovic||UD||8||2003-08-16||Nuerburgring Race Track, Nürburg, Germany|
|Win||32–01 NC||Vitali Shkraba||TKO||4 (10), ?||2003-07-18||Belarusian State Circus, Minsk, Belarus|
|Win||31–01 NC||Pedro Daniel Franco||UD||12||2003-03-15||Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Defended PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||30–01 NC||Kostiantyn Pryziuk||RTD||3 (10), 3:00||2002-10-10||Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Defended Russian Heavyweight title.|
|Win||29–01 NC||Taras Bidenko||UD||12||2002-07-21||Seoul, South Korea||Defended PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||28–01 NC||Yaroslav Zavorotnyi||TKO||3 (10), ?||2002-06-15||Druzhba Palace of Sports, DonetskUkraine|
|Win||27–01 NC||Toakipa Tasefa||UD||12||2001-09-28||Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Defended PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||26–01 NC||George Linberger||TKO||1 (12), ?||2001-06-30||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, United States||Defended PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||25–01 NC||Vitali Shkraba||TKO||4 (8), ?||2001-03-06||Moscow, Russia||Defended PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||24–01 NC||Tone Fiso||TKO||1 (12), ?||2000-10-29||Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Won PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||23–01 NC||Yuriy Yelistratov||UD||12||2000-06-06||Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Won Interim PABA heavyweight title.|
|Win||22–01 NC||Yuri Nikolaev||TKO||2 (6), ?||2000-03-10||Novosibirsk, Russia|
|Win||21–01 NC||Aleksei Varakin||KO||1 (12), ?||1999-12-15||Saint Petersburg, Russia||Defended Russian Heavyweight title.|
|Win||20–01 NC||James McQueen||KO||1 (6), ?||1999-06-25||Prague, Czech Republic|
|NC||19–01 NC||Andreas Sidon||NC||6||1999-05-07||Prague, Czech Republic||NC due to fighting without a referee.|
|Win||19–0||John Tupou||TKO||4 (10), ?||1999-02-13||Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||18–0||Aleksei Osokin||TKO||6 (10), ?||1999-01-22||Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Won vacant Russian Heavyweight title.|
|Win||17–0||Evgeny Odolsky||KO||1 (6), ?||1998-12-19||Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||16–0||James Gaines||UD||6||1998-06-09||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||15–0||Jim Huffman||TKO||2 (4), ?||1998-03-14||Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow, Russia|
|Win||14–0||Sinclair Babb||TKO||1 (6), 2:05||1997-12-06||Stockland Stadium, Townsville, Australia|
|Win||13–0||Alarim Uysal||TKO||2 (6), ?||1997-11-08||Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany|
|Win||12–0||Kevin Rosier||KO||1 (6), ?||1997-09-27||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||11–0||August Tanuvasa||TKO||1 (6), 2:44||1997-08-21||Bankstown RSL Club, Sydney, Australia|
|Win||10–0||Rodney Harris||UD||4||1997-07-26||Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||9–0||Terrell Nelson||TKO||2 (4), 1:26||1997-05-31||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, United States|
|Win||8–0||Manao Navuilawa||TKO||1 (4), 1:24||1997-05-09||Bankstown Sports Club, Sydney, Australia|
|Win||7–0||Patrick Slade||TKO||1 (4), 1:59||1997-03-21||Parramatta RSL Club, Sydney, Australia|
|Win||6–0||Darren Fearn||TKO||1 (6), ?||1996-11-26||York Hall, London, England|
|Win||5–0||Neil Kirkwood||TKO||2 (4), ?||1996-10-08||Town Hall, London, England|
|Win||4–0||Sergei Anikeev||KO||2 (4), ?||1995-02-16||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||3–0||Aleksei Tsygankov||KO||3 (4), ?||1994-04-15||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||2–0||Aleksandr Vasiliev||UD||4||1994-02-22||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||1–0||John Morton||TKO||2 (4), ?||1993-10-15||Sporthalle, Schöneberg, Germany||Valuev's professional debut.|