Nikolai Valuev – biggest boxing champion
Nikolai Valuev is a Russian giant with a sensitive soul, also known as the “Beast from the East”. He is the heaviest and tallest heavyweight boxing champion in history.
Valuev was born on August 21, 1973 in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation).
During his youth he played basketball and was a discus thrower.
Nikolai and his wife Galina have three children: a daughter and two sons.
In 2005 Valuev became the tallest (7.1 or 2.16 m) and heaviest (323 lbs) WBA heavyweight champion in boxing history.
On November 7, 2009 Nikolai lost the title of WBA heavyweight champion to David Haye and three days after the fight, Valuev announced his retirement. In his boxing career Nikolai has been defeated only twice by Ruslan Chagaev and David Haye.
Valuev has written a book “My 12 Rounds”, with the help of prominent Russian sports journalist Konstantin Osipov. For that book, Nikolai received an award from the government of Saint Petersburg.
In 2009, Nikolai together with a group of coaches, created “Nikolay Valuev Boxing School”.
Valuev’s first role in a movie was a cameo appearance in the German film 7 Zwerge – Der Wald ist nicht genug (7 Dwarfs: And a little wood) in 2006. In 2008 Valuev played the main role in the film Stonehead (Rock Head) by Philip Yankovskiy, playing an ex-boxer who lost his memory. The film took the main prize at the movie festival “Window to Europe”. In 2009 Nikolai played in two films: Fight without rules and Path (prisoner nicknamed “The Beast”).
Nikolai participated in several photo and video advertisements of various products and services.
In December 2011 Valuev became a member of Duma through the United Russia party.
In 2011, Nikolai became the General Manager of Russia national bandy team.
On September 13, 2010 was opened the Valuev Foundation, which was established to promote regular physical exercise among young people to enable children of different social backgrounds play sports.
He is planning to open a family restaurant in Germany.
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