Nikolai Valuev (born August 21, 1973) is the first Russian professional heavyweight boxing champion and the current holder of the WBA title.
On October 8, 2006 he again successfully defended his title, this time against Monte Barrett, winning by technical knockout in the eleventh round. His alias used to be "The Beast from the East" but he now prefers to be styled "The Russian Giant". With his height and weight he is often considered to be a real-life version of the Rocky IV Villain; Ivan Drago.
Valuev is the tallest and heaviest recognized champion to this day, standing at 213 cm (about 7 ft 0") tall and weighing in at 145-150 kg (320-330 lb). Some say he is actually 350-360 pounds.