7ft boxing legend Nikolai Valuev, 49, rushed to hospital in Moscow after being drafted to fight for Putin in Ukraine | The Sun

FORMER boxing World Champion and pro-Putin politician Nikolai Valuev has been mysteriously rushed to hospital weeks after he was drafted to fight in Ukraine.

Russian state media reports that the 7-foot colossus, who once fought David Haye, was sped to a Moscow hospital on Thursday night.



Reports in the Russian magazine Life claim he was hospitalised after complaining about leg problems.

However, his spokesperson has issued a bizarre denial, claiming: "No one broke his legs."

Valery Kuzenkov told the publication: "Nikolai Sergeevich jumps, dances. Yesterday he was in the State Duma until late.

"No one broke his legs, and no one put him in the hospital. He is alive and well, smiling and walking on two legs. Now he is at home."

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It comes less than two months after Valuev was called up to fight in Ukraine.

On September 29, he published photos on social media of a summons letter to report to his nearest draft office, and wrote: "If the Motherland calls, I will go."

But since then, he has given no indication of when he might go to Ukraine, and said he wouldn't invite the media to go with him so they "did not do PR on this".

After retiring in 2009, Valuev went into politics and joined the Russian parliament or Duma in 2011 as a member of the Putin-backing United Russia party.

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