By , March 23, 2017 8:07 am

Dmitry Pirog, former WBO middleweight champion has so far been recognized as one of the most intelligent Russian fighters both in and outside the ring and now, he has gone on to launch his political career as he joins Nikolay Valuev, Russia’s first every heavyweight champion as a member of the State Duma.

In Russia, the State Duma is the name for the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (legislature). The upper house however is the Federation Council of Russia. Pirog will represent the main party in Russia, the United Russia Party.

Nicknamed the Grandmaster, 36-year old Pirog has never been elected. He however got his access due to Alexander Metkin, his fellow local native choosing to concentrate on his business and due to his poor attendance at the State Duma sessions.

A native of the Temryuk, Krasnodar Region, Pirog however resides in the nearby city of Gelendzhik.

In July 2005, Pirog turned pro going on to win a national title in his only fourth fight as he beat Sergey Tatevosyan, 25-5 fringe contender.

He has been steadily approaching a world title opportunity since the last four years as he beat local stars Alexey Chirkov and Aslanbek Kodzoev, Uzbek veteran Kuvanych Toygonbayev, American veteran Eric Mitchell and former world title challenger Kofi Jantuah among others.

On July 31, 2010 when he entered the ring in Las Vegas, he was still a prohibitive underdog against rising star Daniel Jacobs. Five rounds later, he became a new star, ad he knocked out Jacobs with a huge right hand.

Unfortunately, he never got the major fight he had been gunning for, as he was dismissed by Sergio Martinez and fell out with back injury in 2012 from an HBO televised fight with Golovkin. In 2013, Pirog retired, although he never publicly announced it.

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