14 Apr 2009

Valuev to defend WBA title against only fighter to have beaten him

3:47 pm on 14 April 2009

The WBA heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai Valuev will defend his title against the only man to beat him, Ruslan Chagaev of Uzbekistan.

The bout will be held at the end of next month most probably in Helsinki in Finland.

The 2.13-metre Russian, with a 50 win one loss record lost the belt on a majority points decision to Chagaev two years ago but the Uzbeki had to give up the title because of an Achilles injury allowing Valuev to reclaim with a win over American John Ruiz.