- Ruslan Chagaev
Ruslan Chagaev Statistics Real name Ruslan Chagaev Nickname(s) White Tyson Rated at Heavyweight Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Nationality Uzbekistan Born October 19, 1978
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.
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.
- 1995 Won the gold medal at the Asian Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan at Heavyweight.
- 1996 Represented Uzbekistan at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States at Heavyweight.
- lost to Luan Krasniqi (Germany) PTS (4–12)
- 1996 Won a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in Havanna, Cuba at Heavyweight.
- def. Marat Tuchazyan (Armenia) RSC-3
- lost to Yurkis Sterlin (Cuba) PTS (11–14)
- 1997 Won the gold medal (later stripped) at the 1997 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Budapest, Hungary at Heavyweight.
- def. Jonie Amour Tancongco (Belarus) PTS (15–7)
- def. Giacobbe Fragomeni (Italy) PTS (18–4)
- def. Mike Hanke (boxer) (Germany) PTS (12–7)
- def. Felix Savon (Cuba) PTS (14–4)
- 1998 Won the gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand at Heavyweight.
- def. Muzaffar Iqbal Mirza (Pakistan) RSC-1
- 1999 International Boxing Cup
- def. Felix Savon (Cuba) PTS (7–2)
- 1999 Represented Uzbekistan at the 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Houston, Texas, United States at Heavyweight.
- def. Garth Da Silva (New Zealand) PTS
- def. David Turner (Australia) RSC-1
- lost to Felix Savon (Cuba) PTS (1–9)
- 1999 Asian Championships – gold medal
- 2000 Represented Uzbekistan at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia at Heavyweight.
- def. Alexander Yatsenko (Ukraine) PTS (15–2)
- lost to Vladimer Chanturia (Georgia) PTS (12–18)
- 2001 Won the gold medal at the 2001 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland at Super heavyweight.
- def. Csaba Kurtucz (Hungary) RTD-2
- def. Vitali Boot (Germany) RSCO-3
- def. Alexei Mazikin (Ukraine) RTD-2
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.
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.
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; however, Chagaev had to drop out of the fight after contracting hepatitis B. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
Professional boxing record
27 Wins (17 knockouts, 10 decisions), 1 Loss (1 knockout, 0 decisions), 1 Draw Result Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes Loss 27-2-1 Aleksander Povetkin UD 12 (12) 27/08/2011 Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany For vacant WBA Heavyweight title. Win 27-1-1 Travis Walker UD 8 19/11/2010 Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany Win 26-1-1 Kali Meehan UD 12 (12) 2010-05-22 Rostock, Germany WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator. Loss 25-1-1 Wladimir Klitschko RTD 9 (12), 3:00 2009-06-20 Gelsenkirchen, Germany For IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles; Chagaev's WBA title Was Not on the line. Win 25-0-1 Carl Davis Drumond TD 6 (12), 3:00 2009-02-07 Rostock, Germany Defended WBA World Heavyweight Title; Fight was stopped due to an accidental headbutt. Win 24-0-1 Matt Skelton UD 12 (12) 2008-01-19 Düsseldorf, Germany Defended WBA World Heavyweight Title. Win 23-0-1 Nikolay Valuev MD 12 (12) 2007-04-14 Stuttgart, Germany Won WBA World Heavyweight Title. Valuev's first loss. Win 22-0-1 John Ruiz SD 12 (12) 2006-11-18 Düsseldorf, Germany WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator. Win 21-0-1 Michael Sprott TKO 8 (12), 2:54 2006-07-15 Hamburg, Germany Defended WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title; Won Vacant WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight Title. Win 20-0-1 Volodymyr Vyrchys MD 12 (12) 2006-03-11 Hamburg, Germany Won WBO and WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Titles. Win 19-0-1 Rob Calloway KO 2 (10), 2:10 2006-01-07 Munich, Germany Win 18-0-1 Mark Krence KO 5 (8), 1:28 2005-10-22 Halle, Germany Win 17-0-1 Jucimar Francisco Hipolito TKO 1 (8), 0:50 2005-09-28 Hamburg, Germany Win 16-0-1 Sherman Williams UD 8 (8) 2005-03-26 Riesa, Germany Win 15-0-1 Tommy Connelly TKO 2 (8), 1:51 2004-12-14 Sölden, Austria Win 14-0-1 Asmir Vojnovic TKO 4 (10), 0:45 2004-11-16 Cuxhaven, Germany Win 13-0-1 Willie Williams KO 3 (8), 2:25 2004-10-26 Rostock, Germany Win 12-0-1 Garing Lane KO 5 (8), 1:46 2004-07-31 Stuttgart, Germany Win 11-0-1 Sedreck Fields KO 2 (8), 2:45 2004-06-22 Telfs, Austria Rematch. Win 10-0-1 Wade Lewis KO 1 (6), 2:33 2004-05-18 Lübeck, Germany Win 9-0-1 Alexey Varakin KO 2 (6), ?:?? 2004-03-30 Aachen, Germany Win 8-0-1 Sedreck Fields UD 6 2004-02-17 Lübeck, Germany Win 7-0-1 Daniel Frank KO 2 (6), 0:54 2003-11-18 Wandsbek, Germany Win 6-0-1 Zakeem Graham TKO 3 (10), 2:26 2003-05-22 Yonkers, USA Draw 5-0-1 Rob Calloway TD 3 (10), 2:41 2002-10-05 Detroit, USA Win 5–0 Chris Isaac UD 8 2002-05-11 Biloxi, USA Win 4–0 Val Smith KO 1 (4), 2:26 2002-01-14 Las Vegas, USA Win 3–0 Everett Martin TKO 4 (4), ? 2001-09-21 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Win 2–0 Brian Jones KO 2 (4), 1:10 1997-09-03 Rosemont, USA Win 1–0 Donnie Penelton KO 1 (4), 2:30 1997-08-21 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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- Professional boxing record for Ruslan Chagaev from BoxRec
- Ministry of Cultural and Sports Affairs of Uzbekistan
Sporting positions Preceded by
WBA Heavyweight Champion
April 14, 2007 – July 3, 2008
VacantTitle next held byNikolai Valuev New title WBA Heavyweight Champion
Champion in Recess
July 3, 2008 – July 24, 2009
Title terminated World Amateur Boxing Champions in Men's Super Heavyweight 1982 – 2011: over 91 kg
1982: Tyrell Biggs (USA) · 1986: Teófilo Stevenson (CUB) · 1989: Roberto Balado (CUB) · 1991: Roberto Balado (CUB) · 1993: Roberto Balado (CUB) · 1995: Alexei Lezin (RUS) · 1997: Georgi Kandelaki (GEO) · 1999: Sinan Şamil Sam (TUR) · 2001: Ruslan Chagaev (UZB) · 2003: Aleksandr Povetkin (RUS) · 2005: Odlanier Solís (CUB) · 2007: Roberto Cammarelle (ITA) · 2009: Roberto Cammarelle (ITA) · 2011: Magomedrasul Majidov (AZE)
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