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January 27, 2006

"I Must Break You"

Good Lord. Not a photoshop.

A Russian boxer may be the "next big thing."

Nikolay Valuev [was] crowned in December as Russia's first World Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion.

Valuev himself strode into the gym recently during his triumphant return to Russia after the title bout, in which he defeated American John Ruiz on a controversial decision in Berlin to become the tallest (7 feet) and heaviest (323 pounds) world champion in history. He's so big he usually steps into the ring over the top rope....

In the rest of the world, Valuev, 32, is known as the "Beast from the East" (promoter Don King wants to call him "King Kong" when he defends his title in the U.S.), but in his homeland, he is more often known as the "Russian Giant."

His brain is played up here as much as his brawn β€” a boxer who reads Tolstoy and writes poetry to his wife? β€” along with his diffident, quiet demeanor.

Homo.


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