MOSCOW, January 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev, the current WBA heavyweight Champion of the World known as "The Beast from the East", became the center of a scandal after he allegedly assaulted a 61-year-old security guard at a parking lot outside a sports stadium in St. Petersburg on January 19.
Valuev said in an interview the Sauerland Event promotion company that the guard was rude to his wife and used foul language after she parked illegally outside the Spartak Ice Palace, where she had brought their three-year-old son for skating practice.
Valuev said he came to help his intimidated wife, and only grabbed the guard by the collar, but never punched him.
"The only thing I did was grabbing him by the collar," Valuev said. "When I released him, he simply ran away. If I were to had actually hit him, as some people are saying, the consequences for this person would have been more serious. I think I acted as any normal man in my place would have done."
A doctor from a St. Petersburg hospital said the guard had suffered concussion, bruising to the face, and scratches.
No criminal investigation into the incident has been launched by local police.
Valuyev, 32, became the first Russian world heavyweight champion in December 2005. He is the largest boxing champion in the history of the sport, at seven feet tall, weighing 324 pounds. His career record stands at 44-0, with 31 knock-outs.