Sunday, October 5, 2008

Valuev Reigns Again

Okay. So I might have been busy for some time and forgot to write some sports news on my blog. Anyways, the NBA opener is pretty much close so everybody who loves basketball is already giddy about the whole matter. But for the important events that I have missed, here’s a good one:

7-foot heavyweight boxer Nikolai Valuev recaptured his former crown, the WBA Heavyweight Title, against familiar adversary, John Ruiz, in a unanimous decision, last August 30 at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin. The Russian Valuev already fought Ruiz in 2005, stripping the latter of the WBA Heavyweight crown.

Standing 7 feet, one can only dream of beating the Russian giant in a game of knuckle flurries and jabs. Though it is quite a Herculean task to begin with, Valuev got a taste of defeat. But overall in his boxing career, he bested almost all of his contenders, with his height and size as the definitive elements.

There are many instances where huge boxers went down in the hands of physically inferior but strong fighters. Ruslan Chagaev, former WBA champion, beat Valuev on points. David Tua, a former championship contender who is again blitzing the heavyweight ranks, fought much larger opponents and blasted them to the canvas.

I do wish that Valuev face Tua soon. The Russian’s size against the Samoan’s punching power. A fantasy match, true. But nevertheless, a likely scenario,