Status: WBA Middleweight Champion. Record is 27-0 (24 KO's). 2004 Olympic silver medalist.
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 160
DOB: April 8, 1982 In: Karaganda, Kazakhstan
First Boxing Memory: "Long time ago. Long time...I think 11 or 10. I remember it was fun, just good atmosphere for me and my friends and my brother Max."
Boxing Inspiration: "My old brother."
Last Book Read: "Just national history book."
Current Car: "Right now I don't have one, because I live in Germany."
Greatest Sports Moment: "Wow...my pro debut. (Why that?) Because after Olympic Games, after amateur career, I finished. I finished boxing. And pro - it was a new start for me in the sport. (Pro debut was in May 2006 - KO 1 Gabor Balogh in Germany.)"
Most Painful Moment: "Olympic Games, final in Olympics."
Why Do You Love Boxing: "I don't know. Because it's a sport that's my life. Boxing is my life. I've been in boxing a long time. I love boxing."
Funny Boxing Memory: "I can't think of one."
Strangest Fight Or Opponent: "No. All of my fights were normal."
First Famous Boxer You Met Or Encountered: "Good question...I think...Marvin Hagler. (Where?) In Monaco. Great atmosphere for me and for my reaction. (Do you remember what he said?) Just 'Good luck.' And after the fight, 'Wow.' He said, 'Good style, good power.'"
Embarrassing Boxing Memory: "No, no. I don't remember."
Favorite Sports Outside Boxing: "I like soccer, swimming, basketball, baseball. Every time it's different. I like to see different sports."
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: "Michael Phelps. Alexander Karelin (former wrestler). And Usain Bolt right now."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Regular ice cream. I think Haagen Dazs [smiles]. (Flavor?) Carmel."
Pre-Fight Feeling: "Not very serious, just relaxing. Just normal."
Last Vacation: "After the Macklin fight I went to Monaco fishing."
Favorite Boxers To Watch: "I think Manny Pacquiao and Floyd."
Hobbies/Interests: "Construction. Cars."
Childhood Dream: "Wow, I don't know. I feel big business or big sportsman."
Favorite Artist: "Denzel Washington."
People Qualities Most Admired: "Serious people. Not very funny people. Serious people. True people."