Ruslan Chagaev

Ruslan Chagaev
Ruslan Chagaev
Real name Ruslan Chagaev
Nickname(s) White Tyson
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Nationality Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
Born October 19, 1978 (1978-10-19) (age 33)
Andijan, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 27
Wins by KO 17
Losses 2
Draws 1
No contests 0
Medal record
Competitor for  Uzbekistan
Men’s Boxing
World Amateur Championships
Gold Belfast 2001 Super Heavyweight

Ruslan Chagaev (Uzbek: Ruslan Chagayev; Tatar Cyrillic: Руслан Шамил улы Чагаев, Latin: Ruslan Şamil ulı Çağaev; Russian: Руслан Шамилович Чагаев) born October 19, 1978 in Andijan, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union) is an Uzbekistani former WBA heavyweight boxing champion of Tatar ethnicity. As an amateur boxer, he has won the Asian and World Championships in the heavyweight (81–91 kg) category.

Chagaev won the WBA title in 2007 with a majority decision victory over Nikolai Valuev, but was made "champion in recess" after he sustained an injury. He relinquished the title after failing to have a rematch with Valuev. In his next fight, Chagaev lost by stoppage to IBF, WBO and IBO Champion Wladimir Klitschko.


Amateur career

Chagaev, a two-time world amateur champion, defeated legendary Cuban boxer Félix Savón to capture the gold medal at the 1997 World Championships but was then stripped of his crown for having two professional fights prior to the championships. Chagaev was reinstated as an amateur the following year when the fights were declared exhibitions.

Chagaev vs Savón

Chagaev is notable for being the only foreign fighter to defeat Félix Savón twice in the international competitions. First at the age of 19, he beat the then 2-time Olympic champion 14–4 to capture the 1997 World Heavyweight title. In 1999, he defeated him again 7–2 in the final of an international boxing cup in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Savon was able to avenge defeats in the 1999 World Championship, beating Chagaev 9–1.

Professional career


Ruslan Chagaev (center) inside the ring with his coach Michael Timm (right) challenging Rob Calloway (left). January 7, 2006).

Having fought twice in 1997, Chagaev returned to amateur boxing. He turned pro fully in 2001, with the only flaw on his early record coming October 5, 2002 bout against Rob Calloway in Detroit, Michigan, United States. At the end of third round, the fight was stopped due to Calloway having a wound caused by a headbutt. Michigan boxing rule mandated that the fight be called a Technical Draw (TD) since the bout ended by an accidental foul. Usually four rounds are needed to go to the score cards for decision.

Chagaev slowly but steadily climbed up the heavyweight ranks, first avenging the no-contest with a brutal second round knockout of Calloway, then beating undefeated Ukrainian prospect Vladimir Virchis in a close and intense punchfest, and slowly took apart prominent British boxer Michael Sprott.

John Ruiz

On November 18, 2006, he fought the former WBA champion John Ruiz, and prevailed in a close contest. He took a split decision with scores of 117–111 and 116–112 for Chagaev, and 115–114 for Ruiz. Chagaev became the mandatory challenger for a shot at Nikolai Valuev, the WBA heavyweight champion at the time. Chagaev defeated Valuev on April 14, 2007 by a majority decision (117–111, 115–113 and 114–114) to win the title.

On June 26, 2007, it was announced that Ruslan Chagaev would partake in a heavyweight unification bout with WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov. The fight was due to take place in Moscow on October 13, 2007 and would have been the first heavyweight unification bout since 1999;[1] however, Chagaev had to drop out of the fight after contracting hepatitis B.[2] At that point, it was not clear whether he would have been able to compete at all, with WBA considering a championship tournament for Chagaev's crown.[3] After Ibragimov defended his crown against Evander Holyfield, however, it was announced that Chagaev was able to recover.

Chagaev defended his WBA heavyweight title against Matt Skelton on January 19, 2008 by unanimous decision.

His next mandatory defense was to be a rematch on July 5, 2008 with Nikolai Valuev, who defeated former WBO champion Sergei Liakhovich by unanimous decision to earn the right. However, the fight had to be cancelled after Chagaev suffered a complete tear of an Achilles tendon during his final sparring session in preparation for the defense, causing Chagaev's second postponement of the match. The WBA elected to make Chagaev "Champion In Recess" due to the injury that Chagaev sustained and necessary recovery time and mandated that top-contenders Valuev and John Ruiz meet for the vacated title.[4] By beating Ruiz, Valuev also became champion on August 30, 2008.

Chagaev returned from injury on February 7, 2009 with a victory over the then-unbeaten Costa Rican, Carl Davis Drumond to retain his title. The bout was decided by a controversial technical decision after Chagaev sustained a cut from an unintentional clash of heads. Chagaev and Nikolai Valuev were supposed to fight no later than June 26, 2009 to determine who the WBA regarded as their champion.[5] They were scheduled to fight on 30 May 2009 in Helsinki, Finland at the Hartwall Arena, but Chagaev failed a Finnish medical test, allegedly due to hepatitis. On July 24, 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.

Wladimir Klitschko

Chagaev was defeated for the first time in his professional career in a bout with Wladimir Klitschko on 20 June 2009 with a 9th round ref stoppage. Klitschko retained his IBF, WBO and IBO crowns and won the vacant Ring magazine title. The fight was held at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, and Klitschko's IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight titles were at stake.

The WBA title that he shared with Nikolai Valuev was not at stake, as the WBA confirmed Valuev was to be the WBA Champion.

WBA Title Eliminator

Chagaev fought Kali Meehan (35–3; 29 KO) on May 22, 2010, in a WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The former WBA champion won the bout by unanimous decision with the scores of 117–111, 117–112 and 118–110.[6]

Professional boxing record

27 Wins (17 knockouts, 10 decisions), 1 Loss (1 knockout, 0 decisions), 1 Draw[7]
Result Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes
Loss 27-2-1 Russia Aleksander Povetkin UD 12 (12) 27/08/2011 Germany Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany For vacant WBA Heavyweight title.
Win 27-1-1 United States Travis Walker UD 8 19/11/2010 Germany Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Win 26-1-1 Australia Kali Meehan UD 12 (12) 2010-05-22 Germany Rostock, Germany WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Loss 25-1-1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko RTD 9 (12), 3:00 2009-06-20 Germany Gelsenkirchen, Germany For IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles; Chagaev's WBA title Was Not on the line.
Win 25-0-1 Costa Rica Carl Davis Drumond TD 6 (12), 3:00 2009-02-07 Germany Rostock, Germany Defended WBA World Heavyweight Title; Fight was stopped due to an accidental headbutt.
Win 24-0-1 England Matt Skelton UD 12 (12) 2008-01-19 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany Defended WBA World Heavyweight Title.
Win 23-0-1 Russia Nikolay Valuev MD 12 (12) 2007-04-14 Germany Stuttgart, Germany Won WBA World Heavyweight Title. Valuev's first loss.
Win 22-0-1 United States John Ruiz SD 12 (12) 2006-11-18 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 21-0-1 England Michael Sprott TKO 8 (12), 2:54 2006-07-15 Germany Hamburg, Germany Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title; Won Vacant WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight Title.
Win 20-0-1 Ukraine Volodymyr Vyrchys MD 12 (12) 2006-03-11 Germany Hamburg, Germany Won WBO and WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Titles.
Win 19-0-1 United States Rob Calloway KO 2 (10), 2:10 2006-01-07 Germany Munich, Germany
Win 18-0-1 England Mark Krence KO 5 (8), 1:28 2005-10-22 Germany Halle, Germany
Win 17-0-1 Brazil Jucimar Francisco Hipolito TKO 1 (8), 0:50 2005-09-28 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win 16-0-1 The Bahamas Sherman Williams UD 8 (8) 2005-03-26 Germany Riesa, Germany
Win 15-0-1 United States Tommy Connelly TKO 2 (8), 1:51 2004-12-14 Austria Sölden, Austria
Win 14-0-1 Croatia Asmir Vojnovic TKO 4 (10), 0:45 2004-11-16 Germany Cuxhaven, Germany
Win 13-0-1 United States Willie Williams KO 3 (8), 2:25 2004-10-26 Germany Rostock, Germany
Win 12-0-1 United States Garing Lane KO 5 (8), 1:46 2004-07-31 Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Win 11-0-1 United States Sedreck Fields KO 2 (8), 2:45 2004-06-22 Austria Telfs, Austria Rematch.
Win 10-0-1 United States Wade Lewis KO 1 (6), 2:33 2004-05-18 Germany Lübeck, Germany
Win 9-0-1 Russia Alexey Varakin KO 2 (6), ?:?? 2004-03-30 Germany Aachen, Germany
Win 8-0-1 United States Sedreck Fields UD 6 2004-02-17 Germany Lübeck, Germany
Win 7-0-1 Brazil Daniel Frank KO 2 (6), 0:54 2003-11-18 Germany Wandsbek, Germany
Win 6-0-1 United States Zakeem Graham TKO 3 (10), 2:26 2003-05-22 United States Yonkers, USA
Draw 5-0-1 United States Rob Calloway TD 3 (10), 2:41 2002-10-05 United States Detroit, USA
Win 5–0 United States Chris Isaac UD 8 2002-05-11 United States Biloxi, USA
Win 4–0 United States Val Smith KO 1 (4), 2:26 2002-01-14 United States Las Vegas, USA
Win 3–0 United States Everett Martin TKO 4 (4), ? 2001-09-21 Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Win 2–0 United States Brian Jones KO 2 (4), 1:10 1997-09-03 United States Rosemont, USA
Win 1–0 United States Donnie Penelton KO 1 (4), 2:30 1997-08-21 United States Aurora, USA Chagaev's professional debut.


Chagaev's parents, Shamil and Zamira Chagaev, are from the Tatar village of Kalda (located in today's Baryshsky District of Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia), who moved to Uzbekistan in the 1950s.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nikolai Valuev
WBA Heavyweight Champion
April 14, 2007 – July 3, 2008
Status changed
Title next held by
Nikolai Valuev
New title WBA Heavyweight Champion
Champion in Recess

July 3, 2008 – July 24, 2009
Title terminated

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