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Russian boxing champion Nikolai Valuev is rushed to hospital after being called up to fight in Ukraine

Six-foot Russian boxing champion Nikolai Valuev is mysteriously rushed to hospital weeks after being called up to fight in Ukraine

  • Valuev, 49 and now a pro-Putin politician, was rushed to hospital on Thursday
  • According to Russian media, he complained of problems with his legs
  • Spokesperson Valery Kuzenkov made a bizarre denial of the reports, saying that “no one broke [Nikolai’s] legs’ and that he’s home ‘alive and well’
  • The former boxer later took to Telegram to tell followers that ‘everything is fine’
  • Valuev had to stop boxing in 2010 because of a brain tumor

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Six-foot-tall ex-world heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai Valuev has reportedly been rushed to hospital weeks after being called up to fight for Putin in Ukraine.

Valuev, 49 and now a pro-Putin politician, was rushed to a Moscow hospital after complaining of problems with his legs, according to Russian media.

Spokesman Valery Kuzenkov made a bizarre denial, saying that “nobody broke [Nikolai’s] legs’ and that he’s home ‘alive and well’.

Valuev also wrote a note on Telegram to say that “everything is fine” and that he will comment on boxing on TV on Friday, without denying that he was in hospital.

Six-foot-tall ex-world heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai Valuev has reportedly been rushed to hospital weeks after being called up to fight for Putin in Ukraine

Valuev, 49 and now a pro-Putin politician, was rushed to a Moscow hospital after complaining of problems with his legs, according to Russian media.  Pictured: A Ukrainian soldier fires an anti-tank missile at a secret location in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Thursday, November 17, 2022

Valuev, 49 and now a pro-Putin politician, was rushed to a Moscow hospital after complaining of problems with his legs, according to Russian media.  Pictured: A Ukrainian soldier fires an anti-tank missile at a secret location in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Thursday, November 17, 2022

Valuev, 49 and now a pro-Putin politician, was rushed to a Moscow hospital after complaining of problems with his legs, according to Russian media. Pictured: A Ukrainian soldier fires an anti-tank missile at a secret location in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Thursday, November 17, 2022

Thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Everything is fine. We are working. Fighting on the first channel tomorrow. As usual I will be commenting on what is happening in the ring. See you on the First,” he said.

Rumors of ill health come just weeks after Valuev revealed he had been drafted to fight in the war in Ukraine.

He had to stop boxing in 2010 because of a brain tumor.

Speaking to Russian news outlet Izvestia three weeks ago, he said he would “of course” go to the frontline as Putin’s army is pushed back by Ukraine amid reports of hundreds of deaths every day.

“Next week I’m definitely going to report to the recruiting office,” he added.

But Valuev has remained in Russia, where Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu have now declared the mobilization over.

He has since given no indication of when – or if – he will report for duty.

Members of Russia’s elite have evaded conscription, which has fallen mainly on the poorer and more remote regions of the Far East.

Spoof phone calls from members of the opposition to the children of prominent figures – including the son of Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov – have revealed that they confidently predicted they would never be sent to the front.

Meanwhile, those who have been mobilized have complained of appalling conditions, poor training, obsolete equipment and heavy casualties on the front lines.

Valuev was a two-time WBA title holder and remains the tallest and heaviest world champion ever. He stands over six feet tall and weighed over 23 stone in his fighting days.

At 2 meters tall, Russian Nikolai Valuev is the tallest and heaviest boxing world champion ever

At 2 meters tall, Russian Nikolai Valuev is the tallest and heaviest boxing world champion ever

At 2 meters tall, Russian Nikolai Valuev is the tallest and heaviest boxing world champion ever

Valuev famously fought David Haye (pictured) in 2009 and lost to the Briton by majority decision

Valuev famously fought David Haye (pictured) in 2009 and lost to the Briton by majority decision

Valuev famously fought David Haye (pictured) in 2009 and lost to the Briton by majority decision

Ukrainian soldiers dismantle a broken tank after it rolled over an anti-tank mine near Novopetrivka, Ukraine, November 17, 2022

Ukrainian soldiers dismantle a broken tank after it rolled over an anti-tank mine near Novopetrivka, Ukraine, November 17, 2022

Ukrainian soldiers dismantle a broken tank after it rolled over an anti-tank mine near Novopetrivka, Ukraine, November 17, 2022

Valuev made his professional fighting debut in 1993 and subsequently participated in 52 fights, winning 50 of them – 34 by knockout. In 2005, he became Russia’s first world heavyweight boxing champion.

He famously fought David Haye in 2009 and lost to the Briton by majority decision.

That turned out to be his last fight, and he entered politics to become an MP in Putin’s United Russia party two years later.

Valuev was treated for ‘severe bone and joint problems’ in 2010 and subsequently had surgery, which led to him being medically advised to retire from boxing.

The former boxer is also said to be obsessed with Bigfoot and spent many years scouring the wilds of Siberia in search of the creature.

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