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Nikolay Valuev, WBA heavyweight champion

1973 - Born in St. Petersburg
1991 - Applies to Lesgaft institute of physical culture, St. Petersburg
1993 - Begins boxing training
1993 - Debut in the ring
1999 - Champion of Russia
2000 - World Champion, Pan-Asian Boxing Association
2004 - Signs contract with German promoter, Wilfried Sauerland
2005 - Ranked 2nd in the world by the WBA, 8th by the WBC and 6th by the IBF
2005 - Defeats John Ruiz to become WBA Heavyweight Champion
2006 - Defends WBA title against Monte Barrett

On the 10th of December 2006, for the first time in history, Moscow hosted the fight for the title of the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Russian Oleg Maskaev beat Peter Okhello of Uganda, confirming his WBC Champion’s title. Another Heavyweight World Champion – WBA version – will be our guest today. Is Russia becoming a world boxing superpower? We will try to get the answer from the Beast from the East, Russian Giant – Nikolay Valuev.