Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev will be out of the ring for an indefinitely following September surgeries on both his left shoulder and right hand.
Valuev has not fought since losing his title to David Haye in November 2009. His physician Walter Wager informed the German news outlet Blid that Valuev has already suffered significant bone damage that will keep him from any ring action for at least six months.
“He can’t train for half a year, Nikolai’s joints and bones are already damaged,” he detailed. “We will see in 2011. His health is what counts.”
For the past two months, Valuev has been in a war of words with Vitali Klitschko following the collapse of their contract talks. Klitschko has painted Valuev as being afraid after the Russian giant reportedly turned down a $1.5 million purse. Valuev countered that he agreed to the contract but Klitschko refused to supply 50 arena tickets (15 ringside, 35 through the venue) for his team.
Valuev is 37 years old with a record of 50-2, 34 KOs. He is ranked in the Top 10 of every world title organization.