'Beast from the East' Rules Out Boxing Comeback

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Former WBA champion Nikolai Valuev, known as the "Beast from the East," has ruled out a comeback to boxing for health reasons.

MOSCOW, April 12 (R-Sport) - Former WBA champion Nikolai Valuev, known as the "Beast from the East," has ruled out a comeback to boxing for health reasons.

Reports have appeared in Russian media over recent days that the 39-year-old underwent surgery to have a benign brain tumor removed.

"I don't plan that at all, for medical reasons," Valuev said when asked if he was considering a comeback.

St. Petersburg-born Valuev moved into politics in 2011 as a member of parliament for the ruling United Russia party, representing a coal-mining area of Siberia.

The 7ft fighter has not fought since losing his WBA heavyweight belt to David Haye on points in 2009.

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