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Valuev vs. Ruiz for vacant WBA heavyweight

BERLIN, July 21 (UPI) -- Nikolai Valuev will fight John Ruiz next month for the vacant WBA heavyweight title, the WBA announced.

The fight will take place Aug. 30 in Berlin, where Valuev defeated Ruiz in 2005 to take the WBA heavyweight belt.

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Current champion Ruslan Chagaev was forced to pull out of his mandatory title defense against Valuev because of a ruptured Achilles tendon, forcing the WBA to set up the Valuev-Ruiz meeting.

The 2005 meeting is the only previous professional fight between Valuev (48-1, 34 KOs) and Ruiz (43-7-1, 29 KOs).

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