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Ex-champ Valuev talks Klitschko reign, Haye v Fury and retirement

Phil Jay 13/11/2013

Retired giant heavyweight Nikolai Valuev is of the belief that no heavyweight currently campaigning in the division could overthrow the all-conquering champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.

The now 40 year-old, who retired after losing his WBA title to David Haye in 2009, famously never shared the ring with either Klitschko in his 16-year career and bowed out with a record of 50 wins from his 52 outings.

Standing 7ft tall, Valuev towered over all his opponents just as the Klitschko’s do at this moment in time, although the Russian sees the reign of the brothers drawing to a close and the top weight class opening up imminenty.

“It’s most likely we will soon be seeing the arrival of a new heavyweight champion and departure of the old stars,” Valuev told World Boxing News.

“The Klitschko’s are the best, but among the active athletes today, I do not see anyone who can challenge them.”

Asked whether he would be willing to lace up his gloves after four years and make a comeback himself to face Vitali or Wladimir, Valuev clarified to WBN that his fighting days remain well and truly behind him.

“There will be no more fights from me because I did not make a decision to leave boxing on my own,” said Valuev.

“Through care, as well as health and medical recommendations, I was advised that fighting would not be good for me and so I will stay retired.”

Like most, Valuev is disillusioned with the current state of boxing in the highest weight-class and while a match between David Haye and a Klitschko remains the biggest fight out there, the two-time world title holder doesn’t see either facing the Briton anytime soon.

“David Haye fights Tyson Fury and even though I think that there are more chances of David Haye winning that fight, it seems to me that a Klitschko fight will not happen.

“Most likely over time, Haye and Klitschko will simply go in different directions and will not compete directly against each other. I think that fight has now gone,” he added.

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