Valuev Explains Why The Klitschko Fight Never Happened

By Vadim Pushkin

Former two-time WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev explained why he rejected a potential fight with Vitali Klitschko back in 2010.

The seven-foot 'Russian Giant' as he was called, last fought in 2009 when he lost a close twelve round majority decision to David Haye in Germany. He walked away from boxing with a record of 50-2, 34KOs.

The fight with Klitschko would have been a major draw in Eastern Europe with several stadiums interested in the Russia vs. Ukraine showdown.


Valuev claims the offer he was presented with was unsatisfactory. He says the Vitali offered him a million dollars to take the fight. Valuev felt the bout was worth a lot more.

Vitali was very eager for that fight and actually traveled to Russia to have a face to face discussion with Valuev.

But another item that bothered Valuev were the contract terms.

He claims the contract would have locked him down in a never ending circle. If he would have beaten Vitali, he claims the contract would have called for him to face Vitali in an immediate rematch, and if he would have beaten Vitali again - then he would have been contracted to face younger brother Wladimir Klitschko - and then if Valuev won he would have had to face Wladimir in a rematch. He says the contractual terms would have kept him fighting the Klitschko brothers until he lost.

"At that point I had just lost the title and then these talks took place. They were informal. We had a face to face talk, it was in Saint Petersburg," Valuev said.

"In the event of my victory I had to fight Vitali again and I was alright with that - but if I won again then I still had to fight with his brother, and then again with his brother if I would have beaten his brother. I'd have to fight with the entire family. I had to fight until I eventually lost."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ajvar on 09-08-2017

I regret I didn't see that fight. It would be MASSIVE. But Valuev was scared. He could have make a good deal as demand was HUGE. P.S. [URL=""]This article [/URL]says about 2.5mil offer. I heard from Valuev about 2 mil…

Comment by Boxing Goat on 03-25-2016

1 mil was a good offer to fight the champ when he just lost to Haye. Valuev never wanted none of Vitali and the contract is actually the best offer on the planet for heavyweights at the time. If he…

Comment by AddiX on 03-25-2016

I think Vitali beats him I don't think Wlad would have. Wlad needs his size to win. Vitali was just a beast.

Comment by super-x on 03-25-2016

1mil to fight heavyweight champion?? Given the fight was a big deal in europe that seems way to low even if valuev wasnt champ, would have been easy win for vitali as valuev was just too damn slow. 3mil atleast,…

Comment by ScottWeiland on 03-25-2016

[QUOTE=Thurman;16558651]Valuev spends about 100 grand per month on groceries alone. A million wasn't enough for a man of his size.[/QUOTE] Not true. Valuev spends next to nothing as Don King took all his money. Valuev shood have taken his beat…

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