27.10.05 – On December 17 the city of Berlin will become the capital of the world of Boxing. Nikolai “The Russian Giant” Valuev will fight World Champion John Ruiz for the WBA Heavyweight Crown and the biggest names in boxing will be ringside at the Max-Schmeling-Arena. Next to promoters Don King and Wilfried Sauerland will be Muahmmed Ali at ringside.. Ali, who is already in Berlin on invitation of the German Assembly of the United Nations, who will honor him with the Otto-Hahn-Peace Award, will witness if the tallest boxer in history can become world champion and the first Russian Heavyweight World Champion ever. But not only that: Ali will support his daughter Laila who will defend her belt against the Russian Angelika Torskaja.
“We are very proud to present such a top-class event – not only with the WBA Heavyweight Championship but also with Laila Ali the best female boxer of the world. This will be the boxing highlight of the year.” states Wilfried Sauerland and continues, “due to his outstanding constitution Nikolai Valuev is an aspiring World Champion and I am sure that he will beat Ruiz.”
Vaulev returns to Berlin from his hometown St. Petersburg early November in order to train at the Max-Schmeling-Gym for his world title fight. Tickets, which will go on sale on October 28, start from EURO 22,50 up to EURO 460,00 for a ringside ticket, and will be available at the Max-Schmeling-Arena Box Office, by calling +49-30-44 30 44 30, or by visiting www.boxen.com/Ticketservice