MOSCOW, March 10 (RIA Novosti) - The World Boxing
Association has moved the deadline for a rematch between
Russia's WBA Heavyweight World Champion Nikolai Valuev and
Uzbek boxer Ruslan Chagaev from June to September, Chagaev's
promoter said on Tuesday.
According to the official Universum Box-Promotion web
site, Klaus-Peter Kohl said the deadline for the bout was moved
to September at the request of Valuev's promoters, Team
Valuev, dubbed the Russian Giant, lost his title bout to
Ruslan "White Tyson" Chagaev of Uzbekistan in April of 2007,
suffering his only defeat to date. The Russian and the Uzbek
later scheduled a rematch, first for May and then for July of
2008, but they did not take place due to Chagaev's injury and
he was declared champion in recess.
Valuev reclaimed his WBA belt in August 2008 after
defeating two-time WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz, and then
retained his title by beating four-time champion Evander
Holyfield of the United States last December.
The 30-year-old Uzbek boxer (25-0, 17KOs) returned to
professional boxing last month to face Puerto-Rican Carl Davis
Drumond (26-1, 20 KOs) in Mecklenburg, Germany. He defeated the
previously unbeaten Puerto-Rican in a six round technical