By Ruslan Chikov
The fight never happened, despite detailed negotiations, and we may never see them fight. WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40KOs) and the seven-foot 'Russian Giant' Nikolai Valuev (50-2, 34KOs) were destined to go their separate ways.
Valuev has not fought since losing a twelve round decision, and his WBA title, to David Haye in 2009. Since the loss to Haye, Valuev traveled to Germany and underwent several surgical proceduries to correct a few injuries.
During the last few years, both Vitali and Valuev began to explore the world of politics. Vitlai, who stays very active, is still very interested in a fight with Valuev, but at this point he doesn't expect it to happen.
"I still don't know whether or not Valuev entered the Russian parliament. He said that if he became a state deputy, his career would complete. I wish him well, but I hope that his deputy's mandate wasn't the cause of our inability to fight. I'm sure [a fight with him] would be very interesting. "Battle of the Deputies" - sounds cool, right? It is unfortunate that when Valuev was the WBA champion, our negotiations fell through. Nikolai surrounded himself with promoters, which prevented a normal negotiations," Vitali said.