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7 ft Boxing Legend Nikolai Valuev ‘Walking on Two Legs’ After Disturbing Report

Published 11/19/2022, 6:00 AM EST

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One often wonders, has anyone ever mustered the courage to ask the 7-foot Nikolai Valuev, ‘How’s the weather up there?’ The fear for life must have prevented most from daring such a question to the Russian.

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Now the news beckons that the gigantic boxer, whose very sight would have sent shivers down every sensible spine, is hospitalized. The reasons shared so far vaguely point towards some trouble with legs.


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But what perplexed everyone was the nature of the explanation and the timing. Valuev, also a member of the Russian Duma, reportedly received draft calls for joining the Russian military in Ukraine.

Nikolai Valuev ‘Walking on Two Legs’

As he receives treatment at a Moscow hospital, a representative states“No one broke his legs. “Nikolai Sergeevich jumps, dances. Yesterday he was in the State Duma until late. “No one broke his legs, and no one put him in the hospital. He is alive and well, smiling and walking on two legs. Now he is at home.”

The sheer absurdity of the communication baffles the media and boxing fans alike.


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Now Valuev has sent out a message expressing his gratitude to the well-wishers – “Thank you all for your concern and well wishes. “Everything is fine. We are working.”

Nowhere does he seem to confirm the hospitalization status either. But he added up on resuming his commentary of upcoming boxing fights, “Tomorrow there will be fights on Channel One. “As usual, I will comment on what is happening in the ring. See you on the First.”

The Beast From The East

Born in Leningrad, what was then called the Soviet Union, the Beast From The East made his presence felt when he defeated John Ruiz to win the WBA Heavyweight title in 2005.

After three successive defenses, he lost the title to Uzbek Ruslan Chagaev in 2007. This was the first loss since his professional debut. A rematch with John Ruiz in August 2008 saw him retake the vacant WBA Heavyweight title. Three months later, he fought and won a languorous bout against a forty-six-year-old, out-of-form Evander Holyfield.

Valuev lost the final contest of his career in November 2009 against Briton David Haye. When he retired, the Russian Giant’s record stood at fifty wins against two losses. Out of the fifty, he won thirty-four matches by knocking out the opponents.


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It is reported that Valuev suffered bone-related challenges at the time, which reportedly caused his retirement from boxing.

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Active outside life after boxing, Nicolai has been a presenter in a children’s program. He also looks after the Russian-specific sport, Bandy. In 2009, he opened a school to impart coaching to upcoming boxers in Russia.


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The fans would love to see the former champion regain his health soon. However, the sequence of events and circumstances leaves many questions in everyone’s mind. What is your take on what happened with Nicolai?

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Jaideep R Unnithan

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After completing 18 years in the corporate sector, Jaideep decided to make a move out of the comfort zone and follow his heart's calling to becoming a writer. His understanding of Boxing began with Iron Mike's debut as an 18 year old in 1985. Like anyone and everyone else, he holds Muhammad Ali as the greatest, though his personal favorite remains the 'PacMan' Manny Pacquiao for his speed and sheer toughness.

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