Ruslan Chagaev: boxer's biography
Ruslan Shamilovich Chagaev - Uzbek ex-boxer(nicknamed "white Tyson"), whose career lasted from 1997 to 2016. Is a two-time the WBA world champion heavyweight division. Passed the title of WBA champion from 2007 to 2009. In addition, he is a regular championWorld Boxing AssociationHeavyweight in the period from 2014 to 2016. During the amateur career Ruslan Chagaev won gold medals at the 2001 World Cup and Asian Championship 1999 in the heavy weight category. The height of the boxer is 185 centimeters, the range of hands is 188 cm. He has strong striking technique and power, is very technical and clever in terms of boxing intelligence.
July 28, 2016 announced his retirement from the big boxing. The reason for the completion of the career was a progressive eye disease.
Ruslan Chagaev was born in the nineteenthOctober 1978 in the city of Andijan, Uzbek SSR (now the Republic of Uzbekistan). From a young age began to engage in boxing. From the first years of training, the guy began to show a decent result, in connection with what he began to take part in many amateur tournaments. In 1995, Ruslan won his first serious title - the champion of Asia in the heavyweight category among amateurs. In total, amateur boxing has won many titles. Between 1995 and 2001, he became a two-time world champion and two-time champion of Asia.
In 1997 Chagaev became the world champion, however,subsequently he was deprived of this title, because before the amateur "mundialem", the Uzbek boxer held two duel in the pro-box. By the way, Chagaev's pro-debut took place on August 21, 1997 against American Donnie Penelton in the city of Aurora (Illinois, USA). In this fight, Ruslan obtained an easy and unconditional victory.
After the triumph at the World Championships, Ruslan Chagaev was re-qualified as a professional league.
On September 21, 2001, the thirdcareer Chagaev. The rival was the American Everett Martin. The fight ended in the fourth round by knockout - Ruslan Chagaev won. After this fight, Everett Martin ended his career (the difference between the boxers was 15 years). Until January 2006, held 15 more fights, among which 14 times won and once podsiroval draw with the American Rob Calloway.
On March 11, 2006, there was a battle against the UkrainianVladimir Virchis in Hamburg (Germany). At stake were two international titles according to the WBA and WBO. In the course of the fight, Ruslan Chagaev dominated, but the opponent dutifully answered. At the end of 12 rounds, the victory was given to the Uzbek boxer by the decision of the judges. In the next fight on July 15, 2006 Chagaev defended his WBA and WBO titles against British boxer Michael Sprott.
Title fight: Ruslan Chagaev vs. Nikolai Valuev
On November 18, 2006 the bout of applicants took placeWBA between John Ruiz (USA) and Ruslan Chagaev in Dusseldorf (Germany). The winner of this pair went to the WBA champion Nikolai Valuev. The bout ended in TKO in the eighth round (in the 2nd minute 54 second) in favor of the "white Tyson".
The title fight against Nikolai Valuev was held on 14April 2007. Until this meeting, both fighters had a win-win bout statistic. In the course of the fight, Ruslan significantly outperformed the opponent. The battle lasted for 12 rounds, after which the victory was awarded to Chagaev on points. At a press conference after the fight, Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev admitted that his opponent was stronger, and that the decision of the judges is fair. Thus, Ruslan Chagaev won his first WBA belt in the heavyweight division.
Ripped revenge with Valuev, a fight against Vladimir Klitschko
In 2009, there was a rematch against Nikolai Valuev,However, the Russian could not be ready for battle because of injury. At the same time, I could not find an opponent and Wladimir Klitschko. Due to the fact that both fighters had a top rating, they concluded a contract for a fight among themselves. Before the fight with Klitschko, Chagaev was deprived of the WBA title. The fight took place on June 20, 2009, the titles such as The Ring, IBO, IBF and WBO were at stake. The Ukrainian won in the 9th round according to RTD rules (Chagaev side hung a white flag).
July 6, 2014 the battle for the titleregular WBA champion between Puerto Rican Oreendo Fres and Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny on the Akhmat arena. During the 12-round match, Chagaev won. The following year, the "white Tyson" defended his title against Italian Francesco Pyanetta - a knockout in the first round. In general, the title of regular WBA champion lasted for Chagaev almost two years. March 5, 2016 Ruslan lost to Lucas Brown and lost the title. In the same year Chagaev finished his boxing career.