<doing a raindance for Southern OZ)
He is known as the Beast from the East, and is revered in his native Russia for being the WBA heavyweight boxing champion of the world. [..]
But Valuev [..] is now mired in allegations that threaten to damage his carefully-crafted image.
The 32-year-old heavyweight has been accused of beating up a 61-year-old parking attendant, and murky reports have started to emerge of his moving in criminal circles in the "wild" 1990s. [..]
Yuri Sergeev, the parking attendant, claims he was savagely beaten by the boxer for an imaginary slight upon Galina [Valuev's wife]. Valuev counters that Mr Sergeev was rude about his wife's parking, and that he swore at her, making her cry. [..]
While admitting he grabbed Mr Sergeev by the collar, Valuev denies beating up an older man nearly half his size. "There was a lot of black ice in that parking lot," he told a news conference. "What can I say? He slipped and fell. If I were to have hit him, the consequences for this man would have been far more serious."
Mr Sergeev was treated for concussion, bruises to his face, and scratches. The police are investigating but have so far not pressed charges.