Ruslan Chagaev

Ruslan Chagaev

Ruslan Chagaev
Chagaev in 2007
Nickname(s) White Tyson
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Reach 188 cm (74 in)
Nationality Uzbek
Born (1978-10-19) 19 October 1978
Andijan, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union (now Uzbekistan)
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 37
Wins 34
Wins by KO 21
Losses 2
Draws 1

Ruslan Chagaev (Fres Oquendo.

As an amateur fighting at heavyweight, Chagaev won the Asian and World Championships.


  • Professional career 1
    • 1997-2005; Early Career 1.1
    • 2006: Title Contender 1.2
    • 2007-2008: WBA Heavyweight Champion & Title Defense 1.3
    • 2009: Second Title Defense & Klitschko Fight 1.4
    • 2010-11: WBA Elimination Bout & Vacant WBA Title Shot 1.5
    • 2012-14: Return Victories & Recapturing WBA Title 1.6
    • 2015-Present: Second WBA Title & Defenses 1.7
  • Professional boxing record 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Professional championships 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

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).

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 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.

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.

2007-2008: WBA Heavyweight Champion & Title Defense

Chagaev defeated Valuev on 14 April 2007 by a majority decision (117–111, 115–113 and 114–114) to win the title.

On 26 June 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 13 October 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 19 January 2008 by unanimous decision.

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.

2009: Second Title Defense & Klitschko Fight

Chagaev returned from injury on 7 February 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 26 June 2009 to determine who the WBA regarded as their champion.[4] 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 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.

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 WBO, IBO & IBF crowns and won the vacant Ring magazine title. The fight was held at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, and Klitschko's WBO, IBO & IBF 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.

2010-11: WBA Elimination Bout & Vacant WBA Title Shot

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. The former WBA champion won the bout by unanimous decision with the scores of 117–111, 117–112 and 118–110.[5] Six months later in a stay busy fight, he defeated Travis Walker on points in an eight round fight. On 27 August 2011 Chagaev lost a competitive bout against Alexander Povetkin by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.

2012-14: Return Victories & Recapturing WBA Title

After the Povetkin bout, Chagaev went 5-0 (3 KO), defeating world ranked Jovo Pudar & four journeymen with respectable records. Next he took on Fres Oquendo for the vacant WBA regular Heavyweight title & won the fight by majority decision. The current WBA (Super) World Heavyweight Champion is Wladimir Klitschko, who is also the IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Champion.

2015-Present: Second WBA Title & Defenses

In his first title defense, he stopped long time contender Francesco Pianeta in the first round. He is scheduled to take on Fres Oquendo in a rematch.

Professional boxing record

34 Wins (21 knockouts), 2 Losses, 1 Draw[6]
Result Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes
Win 34-2-1 Francesco Pianeta TKO 1 (12) 2015-07-11 GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt retained WBA (Regular) World Heavyweight title
Win 33-2-1 Fres Oquendo MD 12 (12) 2014-07-06 Ahmat Arena, Grozny, Russia won vacant WBA (Regular) World Heavyweight title
Win 32-2-1 Jovo Pudar UD 12 (12) 2013-10-05 Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia won WBA Continental & PABA Heavyweight titles
Win 31-2-1 Mike Sheppard KO 1 (10) 2013-03-22 Universal Hall, Berlin
Win 30-2-1 Werner Kreiskott TKO 7 (8) 2012-09-01 Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 29-2-1 Billy Zumbrun TKO 3 (8) 2012-04-21 Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 28-2-1 Kertson Manswell UD 8 (8) 2012-01-28 Grand Elysée, Rotherbaum, Hamburg
Loss 27-2-1 Alexander Povetkin UD 12 (12) 2011-08-27 Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen for vacant WBA (Regular) Heavyweight title
Win 27-1-1 Travis Walker UD 8 (8) 2010-11-19 Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg
Win 26-1-1 Kali Meehan UD 12 (12) 2010-05-22 Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss 25-1-1 Wladimir Klitschko RTD 9 (12) 2009-06-20 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen for IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.
Win 25-0-1 Carl Davis Drumond TD 6 (12) 2009-02-07 Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern retained WBA World Heavyweight title
Win 24-0-1 Matt Skelton UD 12 (12) 2008-01-19 Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen retained WBA World Heavyweight title
Win 23-0-1 Nikolai Valuev MD 12 (12) 2007-04-14 Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg won WBA World Heavyweight title
Win 22-0-1 John Ruiz SD 12 (12) 2006-11-18 Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen WBA Heavyweight title tliminator
Win 21-0-1 Michael Sprott TKO 8 (12) 2006-07-15 Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg retained WBO Asia
Win 20-0-1 Vladimir Virchis MD 12 (12) 2006-03-11 Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg won WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title
Win 19-0-1 Rob Calloway KO 2 (10) 2006-01-07 Zenith - Die Kulturhalle, Munich, Bayern
Win 18-0-1 Mark Krence KO 5 (8) 2005-10-22 Brandberge Arena, Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt
Win 17-0-1 Jucimar Francisco Hipolito TKO 1 (8) 2005-09-28 Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg
Win 16-0-1 Sherman Williams UD 8 (8) 2005-03-26 Erdgas Arena, Riesa, Sachsen
Win 15-0-1 Tommy Connelly TKO 2 (8) 2004-12-14 Freizeit Arena, Sölden, Austria
Win 14-0-1 Asmir Vojnovic TKO 4 (10) 2004-11-16 Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen
Win 13-0-1 Willie Williams KO 3 (8) 2004-10-26 Scandlines Arena, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 12-0-1 Garing Lane KO 5 (8) 2004-07-31 Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 11-0-1 Sedreck Fields KO 2 (8) 2004-06-22 Sportzentrum, Telfs, Austria
Win 10-0-1 Wade Lewis TKO 1 (6) 2004-05-18 Hansehalle, Lübeck, Sachsen-Anhalt
Win 9-0-1 Alexey Varakin KO 2 (6) 2004-03-30 Saaltheater Geulen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 8-0-1 Sedreck Fields UD 6 (6) 2004-02-17 Hansehalle, Lübeck, Sachsen-Anhalt
Win 7-0-1 Daniel Frank KO 2 (6) 2003-11-08 Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg
Win 6-0-1 Zakeem Graham TKO 3 (10) 2003-05-22 Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, United States
Draw 5-0-1 Rob Calloway TD 3 (10) 2002-10-05 Cobo Hall, Detroit, United States fight stopped due to a Calloway cut caused by head-butt
Win 5–0 Chris Isaac UD 8 (8) 2002-05-11 Grand Casino, Biloxi, United States
Win 4–0 Val Smith KO 1 (4) 2002-01-14 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, United States
Win 3–0 Everett Martin TKO 4 (4) 2001-09-21 Sport Palace Yunusabad, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Win 2–0 Brian Jones KO 2 (4) 1997-09-03 Ramada Inn, Rosemont, United States
Win 1–0 Donnie Penelton KO 1 (4) 1997-08-21 Hollywood Casino, Aurora, United States Chagaev's professional debut.

Personal life

Ruslan Chagaev was born into a Volga Tatar family, to Shamil Chagaev and Zamira Chagaeva. He has one sister, Luiza. He is married to Viktoria, an ethnic Armenian,[7] also born in Andijan. They have two children. Their first son, Artur, was born on 24 March 2004. Ruslan is a Muslim and resides in Grozny, Chechnya.

Professional championships

World titles:

  • WBA Heavyweight Champion
  • WBA Heavyweight Champion in Recess
  • WBA Regular Heavyweight Champion

Regional/International Titles:

  • WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
  • WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
  • WBO Asia Pacific Champion
  • PABA Heavyweight Champion
  • WBA Heavyweight Continental Champion

See also


  1. ^ "ESPN – Ibragimov, Chagaev to unify heavyweigh titles – Boxing". Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  2. ^ "Skelton to face Chagaev for WBA heavyweight title". USA TODAY (Gannett Co. Inc.). Associated Press. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 2002-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Boxing Commentary: The WBA Tournament – Are These Guys Crazy?". 
  4. ^ ¡Chagaev venció a Davis Drummond en Rostock!. Retrieved on 2011-04-19.
  5. ^ Sukachev, Alexey (22 May 2010). "Chagaev Decisions Meehan, David Haye Could Be Next". Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Ruslan Chagaev – Boxer. Retrieved on 2011-04-19.
  7. ^ "Чемпион мира WBA Руслан Чагаев (Узбекистан): Только после боя я разглядел, какой же Валуев огромный!". Советский Спорт. 

External links

  • Official site of Ruslan Chagaev
  • Ruslan Chagaev Fight-by-Fight Career Record
  • News and Pictures of Ruslan Chagaev
  • Professional boxing record for Ruslan Chagaev from BoxRec
  • Ministry of Cultural and Sports Affairs of Uzbekistan
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nikolai Valuev
WBA Heavyweight Champion
14 April 2007 – 18 July 2008
Status changed
Title next held by
Nikolai Valuev
New title WBA Heavyweight Champion
Champion in Recess

18 July 2008 – 24 July 2009
Title terminated
Title last held by
Alexander Povetkin
WBA Heavyweight Champion
Regular Title

6 July 2014 – present