Ruslan Chagaev

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Ruslan Chagaev
Руслан Чагаев
Chagaev in 2007
Real nameRuslan Shamilevich Chagaev
Nickname(s)White Tyson
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Reach188 cm (74 in)
Nationality Uzbekistani
Born (1978-10-19) 19 October 1978 (age 42)
Andijan, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union (now Uzbekistan)
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights38
Wins by KO21
Medal record

Ruslan Shamilevich Chagaev (Tatar :Руслан Шамил улы Чагаев; Uzbek : Ruslan Shamil'evich Chagaev; Russian : Руслан Шамилович Чагаев); born 19 October 1978) is a retired Uzbek professional boxer of Tatarian descent who competed from 2001 to 2016. He held the WBA heavyweight title twice, from 2007 to 2009 and from 2014 to 2016, and was the first Asian boxer to win a world heavyweight title by any of the four major sanctioning bodies. As of December 2020, BoxRec ranks Chagaev as the 10th greatest Asian fighter of all time, pound-for-pound. [1] He was ranked as the world's top 10 heavyweight by BoxRec from 2004 to 2013, reaching his career-high ranking of No.3 in 2005, 2006 and 2007. [2]


Chagaev is one of a few professional boxers to resume his amateur career after a few professional bouts in 1997. Chagaev was reinstated as an amateur by AIBA the following year as his professional bouts were declared exhibitions.

In 2007, Chagaev defeated then-unbeaten Nikolai Valuev to win his first WBA heavyweight title, and would make two successful defences. Due to injuries and being unable to grant Valuev a rematch in 2009, the WBA stripped Chagaev of the title. He went on to suffer his first professional loss in the same year to unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Chagaev won the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title by defeating Fres Oquendo in 2014. He made one successful defence, then lost the title to Lucas Browne in 2016. However, after Browne failed a drug test, the WBA reinstated Chagaev as champion, but he was once again stripped of the title in July after failing to pay sanctioning fees. On 28 July 2016 he announced his retirement from boxing due to ongoing eye injuries. [3]

As an amateur, Chagaev won gold medals at the 2001 World Championships and 1999 Asian Championships, in the heavyweight and super-heavyweight divisions respectively.

Amateur career

Chagaev won gold at the 1997 World Amateur Boxing Championships heavyweight, defeating Félix Savón in the finals, but later he was stripped of the championship for having 2 professional bouts in the United States before the tournament. Chagaev is the only non-Cuban boxer to defeat Félix Savón twice, and the only one to do it at the world championships, which Savón have won consecutively. Savón suffered his first international defeat in more than a decade, when he met Chagaev for a first time. [4] His amateur career is also merited with absence of stoppages on his part, with all four his losses were standing defeats with him being outpointed.


Chagaev had a few professional bouts while competing as an amateur. He finished his amateur career having a total of 85 fights under his belt, with a record of 81 wins, 4 losses (no stoppages.)

Professional career

1997–2005: Early career

Ruslan Chagaev (center) inside the ring with his coach Michael Timm (right) challenging Rob Calloway (left). 7 January 2006). Ruslan Chagaev MUC-20060108.jpg
Ruslan Chagaev (center) inside the ring with his coach Michael Timm (right) challenging Rob Calloway (left). 7 January 2006).

Chagaev made his professional debut on 21 August 1997, defeating Donnie Penelton by first-round knockout. After defeating Brian Jones three weeks later by second-round KO, Chagaev returned to amateur boxing. He turned pro fully in 2001, beating an experienced journeyman Everett Martin on 21 September by fourth-round technical knockout, in what was Chagaev's first and only professional fight in his native Uzbekistan. In a span of four years, Chagaev built up a 17–0–1 record, with the only flaw on his early record coming 5 October 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. [5]

2006: Title contender

In 2006 he beat undefeated Ukrainian prospect Vladimir Virchis in a close and intense punchfest, and slowly took apart prominent British boxer Michael Sprott.

On 18 November 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. Valuev was sat ringside and believed Chagaev was the rightful winner. [6]

2007–2009: WBA heavyweight champion

Chagaev vs. Valuev

The fight between Chagaev and WBA titlist Valuev took place on 14 April 2007 at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Chagaev won the fight and WBA title via a majority decision (117–111, 115–113 and 114–114). Many ringside had the fight close and some calling it controversial. [7] With the win, Chagaev became the first Asian to win a world heavyweight title.

On 26 June 2007, it was announced that Chagaev would partake in a heavyweight unification bout with WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov. The fight was due to take place in Moscow on 13 October 2007 and would have been the first heavyweight unification bout since 1999; [8] however, Chagaev had to drop out of the fight after contracting hepatitis B. [9] 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. [10] After Ibragimov defended his crown against Evander Holyfield, however, it was announced that Chagaev was able to recover.

Chagaev vs. Skelton

Chagaev made his first official defence against Commonwealth heavyweight champion Matt Skelton (21-1, 18 KOs) on 19 January 2008 at the Burg-Waechter Castello in Düsseldorf. Skelton's promoter Frank Warren initially wanted the fight to take place in February or March, but Chagaev insisted an earlier date. In regards to fighting Skelton, Chagaev said, "I am completely healthy and I am ready to fight, I want to get in the ring. It will be a hard fight against a good puncher." [11] The fight was marred with a series of illegal tactics initiated by Skelton, many of them resembling techniques used in Muay Thai and kickboxing matches. [12] Chagaev retained his WBA title via unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the fight 117-110, 117-111 and 117-111 in Chagaev's favour. [13] [14]

His next mandatory defense was to be a rematch on 5 July 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 30 August 2008. [15]

Chagaev vs. Drumond

Chagaev returned from injury on 7 February 2009 to fight the then-unbeaten Costa Rican Carl Davis Drumond. For the fight, Chagaev was not listed as WBA champion, but rather the "Champion in Recess". The fight took place at the StadtHalle in Rostock. Chagaev sustained a cut from an unintentional clash of heads in the third round. The fight ended after round 6, with Chagaev winning the fight via technical decision. Chagaev was taken to hospital after the fight for treatment. Judge Jean-Louis Legland had Chagaev ahead 60-54, whilst judges Hector Afu and Paul Thomas had Chagaev ahead 58-56. [16]

Chagaev and Valuev were supposed to fight no later than 26 June 2009 to determine who the WBA regarded as their champion. [17] 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.

Chagaev vs. Klitschko

Unified world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was scheduled to face David Haye on 20 June 2009, but Haye pulled out within weeks of the fight complaining of a back injury. [18] Chagaev agreed to step in for Haye as a last-minute replacement. [19] [20] [21] The winner would take the vacant Ring magazine heavyweight title in the battle between their number 1 ranked heavyweight, Klitschko, and third ranked Chagaev. Klitschko was defending his IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles. Chagaev's WBA champion in recess title was not on the line. [22] [23] The Ring's pre-fight comparison gave Chagaev the edge on defense, praising him for his fundamentals and footwork, and thought he had a stronger chin. It gave Klitschko the advantage in power, speed, athletic ability and experience. [24]

The fight took place at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen. With over 61,000 fans attending the fight it was the largest audience for a boxing match in Germany since 1939, when Max Schmeling knocked out Adolf Heuser in front of 70,000 people in Stuttgart. [25] [26] Klitschko dominated the fight, keeping Chagaev at the end of his jab and throwing straight right hand whenever necessary. Klitschko dropped Chagaev near the end of the second round, and was gradually fighting more aggressively as the fight progressed. Chagaev's trainer Michael Timm did not allow Chagaev to come out for the tenth round, prompting the referee to wave the bout off, declaring Klitschko the winner by corner retirement (RTD). [27] [28] On 24 July 2009, when the WBA published their Official Ratings as of June 2009, Chagaev was no longer the "Champion in Recess" but the No. 1 challenger instead.

2010–11: Regaining composure

Chagaev fought Kali Meehan (35–3, 29 KO) on 22 May 2010, in a WBA heavyweight title eliminator at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. [29] Chagaev won the bout by unanimous decision with the scores of 117–111, 117–112 and 118–110. [30] [31] Six months later in a stay-busy fight, he defeated Travis Walker via unanimous decision in an eight-round fight which turned into a slugfest. [32] [33]

Chagaev vs. Povetkin

After Wladimir Klitschko unified his WBO and IBF titles with David Haye's WBA title, Klitschko was upgraded to "Super Champion" by the WBA, thus making the "Regular Champion" title vacant. [34] On 6 July 2011 negotiations for Chagaev to fight Russian heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) for the vacant title began between Sauerland, who promote Povetkin, and Chagaev's promoter Universum. [35] Two days later, Povetkin's trainer confirmed the fight would take place on 27 August. [36] At the time of the bout, Chagaev was ranked No.4 heavyweight contender by The Ring, while Povetkin was ranked No.3 contender by the same publication. [37] There were concerns about Chagaev's health state, due to him being diagnosed with hepatitis B and the possibility of him infecting Povetkin. Chagaev, however, insisted that the medical examination had confirmed that his opponents (Povetkin included) weren't in danger of being infected. [38] Most observers expected the fight to be close, giving Chagaev an advantage in experience, while also giving Povetkin the edge in youth and athletic ability. Both fighters were given an even chance to win. [39] [40]

Both fighters were active from the opening bell, with Povetkin appearing to have the upper hand in the first half of the fight, frequently closing the distance and working Chagaev's body, while blocking most Chagaev's shots with arms and gloves. Povetkin staggered Chagaev with an uppercut in the third round. Chagaev regained composure in the middle rounds, hurting tired Povetkin several times with clubbing left hooks. Povetkin withstood Chagaev's attacks and re-established his pressure going into the championship rounds, while Chagaev appeared to be saving energy for the last rounds. The twelfth round saw both fighters trading shots. [41] [42] The bout went full twelve rounds, with Povetkin being declared the winner by unanimous decision. The scores were 116–112 (twice) and 117–113, all in favor of Povetkin. [43] [44] According to CompuBox, Povetkin landed 152 punches out of 533 thrown (28.5%) with 112 landed power shots (39.6%), while Chagaev landed 72 punches out of 416 thrown (17.1%) with 62 power punches (35.2%). [45]

2012–16: WBA Regular champion

After the Povetkin bout, Chagaev went 5-0 (3 KO), defeating world ranked Jovo Pudar & four journeymen with respectable records. [46]

On 15 June 2013, at a press conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, European heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KOs) stated his plans to fight Chagaev next although details had not been discussed. [47] Towards the end of the month, Chagaev spoke out denying any rumours that he was interested in a fight with Pulev. He instead stated that he was closing in on a deal to fight undefeated Cuban Luis Otiz (19-0, 16 KOs) in the fall of 2013. [48]

Chagaev vs. Oquendo

In May 2014, talks began for a fight between Chagaev and former world title challenger Fres Oquendo (37-7, 24 KOs) for the vacant WBA "regular" heavyweight title in June. Oquendo climbed the WBA rankings further after stopping Galen Brown (41-27-1, 24 KOs) in two rounds earlier in the month. [49] Oquendo pulled out in July due to passport issues and was on the verge of being replaced by German boxer Alexander Petkovic (49-4-4, 27 KOs), however Oquendo managed to board a plane, confirming the bout was still on. [50] The fight took place on 6 July at the Ahmat Arena in Grozny. Chagaev claimed the vacant title via majority decision after 12 rounds in a tough battle. Judge Guillermo Perez Pineda scored the fight 114-114, whilst judges Gustavo Jarquin and Alexis Marin both scored it 115-113 in favour of Chagaev, giving him the win. Chagaev controlled most of the fight with his constant jab and later in the fight started connecting with body shots. [51] [52] A few days after the fight, the WBA ordered Chagaev vs. Ortiz. Both camps had 30 days to negotiate a deal. [53]

In November 2014, Oquendo spoke out about not receiving his guaranteed purse of $1 million and an immediate rematch within 120 days if he lost. His promoters Hitz Boxing and Square Ring Promotions, who were guaranteed an additional $100,000 were also reportedly not paid. Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing stated that they would file a lawsuit. [54] In the same month, RUSADA released information from a mandatory drug test that was taken after the fight which stated that Oquendo had tested positive for tamoxifen and anastrozole. According to the fight contract, this meant Oquendo would need to pay back his purse. [55] In December, a $5 million lawsuit was filed by Oquendo against promoter Terek Box Event seeking damages caused by the agreement to the Federal Court in Manhattan. In a statement, Oquendo said, “I am really looking forward to my day in court and finally getting justice. These guys pulled a really slick move and tricked me into fighting on July 6 by promising me to increase my purse to $1 million and giving me a rematch at a time when I wasn't mentally right, with my wife and newborn baby being sick and in the hospital. Well, now they are the ones behind the eight ball. They’ve got until January 2 to respond to the lawsuit.” [56] In April 2015, the judges issued an injunction. [57]

Chagaev vs. Pianeta

In May 2015, it was announced that Chagaev would make his first title defense against long time contender WBA #13 Francesco Pianeta (31-1, 17 KOs) on 11 July at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Pianeta's only loss came in 2013 to Wladimir Klitschko via stoppage. [58] [59] World of Boxing president Andrey Ryabinsky helped settle the issue between Chagaev and Oquendo. With the legal battle finished, it was said that Oquendo would fight the winner of Chagaev vs. Pianeta. [60] Chagaev won the fight via 1st-round TKO. Pianeta was dropped with two lefts but beat the 10 count. He was then dropped again following two more lefts. Referee Jean-Louis Legland stopped the fight 3 seconds before the round was due to end. [61] [62] [63] [64]

Chagaev and Oquendo were scheduled to have their rematch on 17 October at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. On 6 October, Oquendo pulled out of the fight citing illness. [65]

Chagaev vs. Browne

On 14 November 2015, the WBA ordered Chagaev to reach a deal to make a defence of his WBA title against Australian heavyweight contender Lucas Browne. The two sides had until 30 November to reach a deal. [66] Chagaev's promoter Timur Dugazaev announced the fight would likely take place in Grozny in March 2016. [67] In the January 2016, the fight was officially announced to take place on 5 March. [68] Browne won the fight by stopping Chagaev in the tenth round. Browne landed nearly 20 unanswered punches, mostly right hands, before referee Stanley Christodoulou stopped the fight at 2 minutes, 27 seconds. Browne was knocked down in the sixth round and at the time of the knockout, behind on all judges scorecards (81-88, 82-88 twice). [69] [70]

It was reported on March 22 that Browne failed his post-fight drug test and was then stripped of the belt and will likely have the result changed to a no-decision. [71] [72]

On July 28, it was reported that Chagaev had been stripped of his WBA 'Regular' title for failure to pay outstanding sanctioning fees. According to WBA, Chagaev and promoter Timur Dugazaev have repeatedly failed to pay $40,750 in sanctioning fees related to Chagaev's majority decision victory against Fres Oquendo. The WBA said it sought payment multiple times and had no choice but to vacate the title when there was no response. [73]


It was announced on 28 July 2016 by manager Timur Dugashev that Chagaev announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 37 due to problems with his eyes. Dugashev stated: "Ruslan informed us that he would no longer fight. The reason is the state of his eyes. Health is the most important thing." [74]

There was reports in October 2016 that Chagaev was offered a farewell fight to close his career, potentially a rematch with Lucas Browne. Chagaev chose to stay retired due to health issues. [75]

Personal life

Chagaev is of Volga Tatar ethnicity and an adherent of Islam. [76] [77] His parents, Shamil and Zamira Chagaev, are Mishar Tatars from the village of Kalda [76] (located in today's Baryshsky District of Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia), who moved to the Uzbek SSR in the 1950s. [76] Chagaev has a sister, Luiza. [76] He is married to Viktoria, an ethnic Armenian, [78] who is also from Andijan. They have three children together: Artur, Alan and Adam. Their first son, Artur, was born on 24 March 2004. Ruslan resides in Hamburg, Germany with his family.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
38 fights34 wins3 losses
By knockout212
By decision131
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
38Loss34–3–1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lucas Browne TKO10 (12), 2:025 Mar 2016 Flag of Russia.svg Colosseum Sport Hall, Grozny, RussiaLost WBA (Regular) heavyweight title;
Chagaev later reinstated as champion after Browne failed a drug test
37Win34–2–1 Flag of Italy.svg Francesco Pianeta TKO1 (12), 2:5711 Jul 2015 Flag of Germany.svg GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, GermanyRetained WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
36Win33–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Fres Oquendo MD126 Jul 2014 Flag of Russia.svg Akhmat-Arena, Grozny, RussiaWon vacant WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
35Win32–2–1 Flag of Serbia.svg Jovo PudarUD125 Oct 2013 Flag of Russia.svg Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RussiaWon vacant WBA Continental (Europe) and PABA heavyweight titles
34Win31–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Mike SheppardKO1 (10), 1:4022 Mar 2013 Flag of Germany.svg Universal Hall, Berlin, Germany
33Win30–2–1 Flag of Germany.svg Werner KreiskottTKO7 (8), 0:141 Sep 2012 Flag of Germany.svg König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
32Win29–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Billy ZumbrunTKO3 (8), 1:2621 Apr 2012 Flag of Germany.svg Sport- und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany
31Win28–2–1 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Kertson Manswell UD828 Jan 2012 Flag of Germany.svg Grand Elysée Rotherbaum, Hamburg, Germany
30Loss27–2–1 Flag of Russia.svg Alexander Povetkin UD1227 Aug 2011 Flag of Germany.svg Messe, Erfurt, GermanyFor vacant WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
29Win27–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Travis Walker UD819 Nov 2010 Flag of Germany.svg Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
28Win26–1–1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kali Meehan UD1222 May 2010 Flag of Germany.svg StadtHalle, Rostock, Germany
27Loss25–1–1 Flag of Ukraine.svg Wladimir Klitschko RTD9 (12), 3:00 20 Jun 2009 Flag of Germany.svg Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GermanyFor IBF, WBO, IBO, and vacant The Ring heavyweight titles
26Win25–0–1 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Carl Davis Drumond TD6 (12), 3:007 Feb 2009 Flag of Germany.svg StadtHalle, Rostock, GermanyRetained WBA heavyweight title;
Unanimous TD after Chagaev was cut from an accidental head clash
25Win24–0–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Skelton UD1219 Jan 2008 Flag of Germany.svg Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, GermanyRetained WBA heavyweight title
24Win23–0–1 Flag of Russia.svg Nikolai Valuev MD1214 Apr 2007 Flag of Germany.svg Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GermanyWon WBA heavyweight title
23Win22–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg John Ruiz SD1218 Nov 2006 Flag of Germany.svg Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany
22Win21–0–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael Sprott TKO8 (12), 2:5415 Jul 2006 Flag of Germany.svg Color Line Arena, Hamburg, GermanyRetained WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title;
Won WBO Asia-Pacific heavyweight title
21Win20–0–1 Flag of Ukraine.svg Volodymyr Virchis MD1211 Mar 2006 Flag of Germany.svg Color Line Arena, Hamburg, GermanyWon WBA and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight titles
20Win19–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Rob Calloway KO2 (10), 2:107 Jan 2006 Flag of Germany.svg Zenith, Munich, Germany
19Win18–0–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark KrenceKO5 (8), 1:2822 Oct 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Brandberge Arena, Halle, Germany
18Win17–0–1 Flag of Brazil.svg Jucimar Francisco HipolitoTKO1 (8), 0:5028 Sep 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany
17Win16–0–1 Flag of the Bahamas.svg Sherman Williams UD826 Mar 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Erdgas Arena, Riesa, Germany
16Win15–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy ConnellyTKO2 (8), 1:5114 Dec 2004 Flag of Germany.svg Freizeit Arena, Sölden, Austria
15Win14–0–1 Flag of Croatia.svg Asmir VojnovicTKO4 (10), 0:4516 Nov 2004 Flag of Germany.svg Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Germany
14Win13–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Willie WilliamsKO3 (8), 2:2526 Oct 2004 Flag of Germany.svg Scandlines Arena, Rostock, Germany
13Win12–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Garing LaneKO5 (8), 1:4631 Jul 2004 Flag of Germany.svg Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
12Win11–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Sedreck FieldsKO2 (8), 2:4522 Jun 2004 Flag of Austria.svg Sportzentrum, Telfs, Austria
11Win10–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Wade LewisTKO1 (6), 2:3318 May 2004 Flag of Germany.svg Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany
10Win9–0–1 Flag of Russia.svg Alexey VarakinKO2 (6)30 Mar 2004 Flag of Germany.svg Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Germany
9Win8–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Sedreck FieldsUD617 Feb 2004 Flag of Germany.svg Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany
8Win7–0–1 Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel FrankKO2 (6), 0:548 Nov 2003 Flag of Germany.svg Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
7Win6–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Zakeem GrahamTKO3 (10), 2:2622 May 2003 Flag of the United States.svg Raceway, Yonkers, New York, US
6Draw5–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Rob Calloway TD3 (10), 2:415 Oct 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USTD after Calloway was cut from an accidental head clash
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Chris IsaacUD811 May 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, US
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Val SmithKO1 (4), 2:2614 Jan 2002 Flag of the United States.svg The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, US
3Win3–0 Flag of the United States.svg Everett MartinTKO4 (4)21 Sep 2001 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Sport Palace Yunusabad, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Was reinstated as an amateur boxer by AIBA, and resumed his amateur career
2Win2–0 Flag of the United States.svg Brian JonesKO2 (4), 1:103 Sep 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, US
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg Donnie PeneltonKO1 (4), 2:3021 Aug 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Hollywood Casino, Aurora, Illinois, US

Television viewership


DateFightViewership (avg.)NetworkSource(s)
11 March 2006
Ruslan Chagaev vs. Volodymyr Virchis
ZDF [79]
14 April 2007
Nikolai Valuev vs. Ruslan Chagaev
Das Erste [80]
7 February 2009
Ruslan Chagaev vs. Carl Davis Drumond
ZDF [81]
20 July 2009
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Ruslan Chagaev
RTL Television [82]
22 May 2010
Ruslan Chagaev vs. Kali Meehan
ZDF [83]
27 August 2011
Ruslan Chagaev vs. Alexander Povetkin
Das Erste [84]
11 July 2015
Ruslan Chagaev vs. Francesco Pianeta
Sat.1 [85]
Total viewership33,030,000

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Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye Boxing competition

Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye, billed as The Talk Ends Now, was a heavyweight unification fight between IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring champion Wladimir Klitschko, and WBA champion David Haye. The fight took place in Imtech Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany on July 2, 2011. Klitschko defeated Haye by unanimous decision.

Mahmoud Charr Syrian boxer

Mahmoud Omeirat Charr, also known as Manuel Charr, is a Lebanese-born German professional boxer of Syrian descent who held the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title from November 2017 to January 2021, and challenged for the WBC heavyweight title in 2012. Charr has a knockout-to-win percentage of 56.25%.

Lucas Browne Australian boxer and MMA fighter

Lucas Browne is an Australian professional boxer and former mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He held the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title in 2016 when he stopped Ruslan Chagaev in an upset victory and by doing so became the first heavyweight champion from Australia. In boxing, he held the Australian and Commonwealth heavyweight titles between 2012 and 2015.

Chris Byrd vs. Wladimir Klitschko II Boxing competition

Chris Byrd vs. Wladimir Klitschko II, billed as "Revenge Is The Name Of The Game", was a professional boxing match contested on 22 April 2006 for the IBF and vacant IBO heavyweight championship.

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Ruslan Chagaev, billed as "Knockout Auf Schalke", was a professional boxing match contested on 20 June 2009 for the IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring and lineal heavyweight championship.

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Hasim Rahman Boxing competition

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Hasim Rahman, billed as "X-Plosive", was a professional boxing match contested on 13 December 2008 for the IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight championship.

Nikolai Valuev vs. David Haye Boxing competition

Nikolai Valuev vs. David Haye, billed as "David vs Goliath", was a professional boxing match contested on 7 November 2009 for the WBA heavyweight championship.

Sultan Ibragimov vs. Evander Holyfield Boxing competition

Sultan Ibragimov vs. Evander Holyfield, was a professional boxing match contested on 13 October 2007 for the WBO heavyweight championship.


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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Volodymyr Virchis
WBA Inter-Continental
heavyweight champion

11 March 2006 – 15 July 2006
Title next held by
Taras Bidenko
WBO Inter-Continental
heavyweight champion

11 March 2006 – April 2006
Title next held by
Alexander Dimitrenko
Title last held by
Sultan Ibragimov
WBO Asia Pacific
heavyweight champion

15 July 2006 – March 2007
Title next held by
Denis Bakhtov
New title WBA Continental (Europe)
heavyweight champion

5 October 2013 – 6 July 2014
Won world title
Title next held by
Otto Wallin
Preceded by
Jovo Pudar
PABA heavyweight champion
5 October 2013 – 5 July 2014
Title next held by
Joseph Parker
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Nikolai Valuev
WBA heavyweight champion
14 April 2007 – 18 July 2008
Status changed
Title next held by
Nikolai Valuev
Title last held by
Alexander Povetkin
WBA heavyweight champion
Regular title

6 July 2014 – 5 March 2016
Succeeded by
Lucas Browne
Preceded by
Lucas Browne
WBA heavyweight champion
Regular title

13 May 2016 – 25 July 2016
Title next held by
Manuel Charr
Honorary boxing titles
Title next held by
Roy Jones Jr
WBA heavyweight champion
In recess

18 July 2008 – 20 June 2009
Title next held by
Manuel Charr