Ex-champ Valuev to fight Bergeron in Germany
Nikolai Valuev, the 7-foot former heavyweight titlist from Russia, will return to the ring to face Jean-Francois Bergeron on Sept. 29 in Oldenburg, Germany, promoter Sauerland Event announced Tuesday.
"I want to be world champion again," Valuev, 33, said. "I am eager to get back into the ring."
It will be Valuev's first bout since losing his belt on a majority decision to Ruslan Chagaev on April 14.
Valuev (46-1, 34 KOs) outpointed John Ruiz in December 2005 to win a world title and made three successful defenses -- against Owen Beck, Monte Barrett and Jameel McCline -- before the close loss to Chagaev.
"I have learned from the first loss of my career," Valuev said. "I have something to prove and the fight against Bergeron will be the first step. I will beat him no matter what."
Bergeron (27-0, 19 KOs) is a 34-year-old southpaw from Canada. His glossy record has been built against soft opposition.
Valuev will be returning to Oldenburg, site of one his most important victories.
"That's where I won the eliminator against Larry Donald back in October 2005," Valuev said. "It was a tough fight. On Sept. 29, I will again put myself into a position to fight for a world title. It will be an interesting fight but I will prevail."
Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com.
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