“Russian Giant” Valuev Set for 12-Round WBA Bout against Ruiz
Nikolai Valuev (1973- ), with his wife. He reads Lev Tolstoy and other great Russian writers, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Jack London. He wooed his wife, Galya, with poetry that he composed himself. He has two young children, a son Grigory and a daughter Irina. He hunts deer, duck, and wild boar, and goes fishing with his son. He once wrestled and killed a wild boar, which had attacked one of his dogs while he was hunting in the forests near St Petersburg (Kolya is from Piter). Valuev is a Russian Orthodox Christian.
Russia’s Nikolai Valuev said on Wednesday he’s ready to go all 12 rounds in his 30 August bout against Puerto Rican American John Ruiz for the vacant WBA heavyweight title in Berlin. “I’m always ready for 12 rounds”, the “Russian Giant” said in an interview with the TV channel Russian Sports. “Ruiz has great stamina like a punching bag”. The 35-year-old Russian (48-1, 34 KOs) also said about “The Quiet Man” Ruiz’s tactics (43-7, 29 KOs), “I think he’ll be snatching the distance and clinching”. Valuev became the first Russian world heavyweight champion in December 2005 when he defeated Ruiz. In April last year, he lost his title to Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev from Uzbekistan. Since then, Chagaev has defended his title once, but a torn Achilles tendon forced a delay in his mandatory challenge bout against Valuev. On 4 July, the WBA decided to sanction a match against the Russian’s closest contender, “The Quiet Man”. In a recent interview with BoxingScene.com website, Chagaev said he was on his way to recovery following tendon surgery. He was cautious about who’d win in the upcoming bout, but said he’d prefer to fight Valuev in his title defence. “In my opinion, the better boxer should win”, the website quoted Chagaev as saying. “I’d rather fight Valuev, because, unfortunately, I had to cancel the two scheduled dates for our fight because of my illness in May and then the accident with my left foot at the end of June”. Chagaev’s currently what the WBA calls a “champion in recess”, and the winner of the Valuev-Ruiz fight will have to face Chagaev before 26 June 2009, if the Uzbek manages to get fighting fit by then.
27 August 2008
“Russian Giant” Valuev Weighs In Some 90 Lbs Heavier Than Ruiz
Nikolai Valuev (1973- ) is not only the world heavyweight champ, he’s an author, actor, and avid hunter. He’s one of the most intelligent men to have worn the heavyweight belt.
Russia’s Nikolai “The Russian Giant” Valuev was 40 kilogrammes (88.2 pounds) heavier than his opponent, Puerto Rican-American, John Ruiz, in the pre-bout weigh-in ahead of Saturday’s WBA heavyweight title fight. On the scales, Valuev (48-1, 34KOs) weighed in at 144.4 kilogrammes (318.3 pounds), while Ruiz (43-7, 29KOs) hit 108.6 kilogrammes (239.4 pounds).
29 August 2008