Nikolai Valuev - The Person

Thomas Hauser of Seconds Out has written an interesting piece on WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev. The article focuses not only on Valeuv’s boxing career but on who Valuev is outside of the ring…

Given his size, Valuev enters the ring by stepping over the ropes, not through them. Between rounds, he sits on a custom-made stool. He has been labeled “The Beast from the East,” “The Russian Monster,” and more. He dislikes the nicknames. “My parents called me Nikolai,” he says. “Mysurname is Valuev. I am Nikolai Valuev. For me, no other name exists. Everything else is for the kindergarten.”

The words flow. “I am not a machine,” Valuev continues, the gravitas ofhis remarks etched on his face. “I am not a piece of meat. I am not a circus
show. I am a normal human being. I have human feelings. I have a beautiful family. I have many friends. I like good music, classical music. I read books. People sometimes do not treat me like a human being because of my size. They make a sensation. I try to not take it personally because they do not know me as a person. But there are times when it hurts me inside.”

Posted by John Chandler on Oct 13, 2006 at 03:05 AM