The beast. Nikolai Valuev is popular with this nickname – the tallest world champion in professional boxing (216 cm) and a current deputy in his native Russia. The 49-year-old giant received a call-up and will join the army in Ukraine, bTV reported.
He becomes another well-known name from the world of sports, affected by the mobilization order of the country’s president, Vladimir Putin. On Wednesday, it became known that the former star of “Everton” football Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is also leaving for the front.
After retiring in 2009, Valuev entered politics and was elected as an MP for Putin’s United Russia party. Because of its enormous size, it was necessary to place a special chair in the parliamentary hall to support its weight – over 150 kg.
In 2010, the Beast underwent treatment for bone and joint disease. He underwent two operations and recovered for half a year. Apparently, however, health problems are not an obstacle for his mobilization.
In an interview with local media, Valuev revealed that he received the summons in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. “In my opinion, everyone received summonses. I did too. Will I go? Of course, I will go. My fellow deputies are good, they registered for military service in the Duma. The summons arrived just before my trip to Donbass, and I was not home. I’ll be sure to report to the draft next week.”
During his 16-year career in the ring (1993-2009), Valuev became the world champion of the World Boxing Association. He lost the belt to David Haye, with the match being dubbed the David vs. Goliath Battle.