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|Real name||Oleg Maskaev|
|Nickname(s)||The Big O|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Reach||201 cm (79 in)|
March 2, 1969 |
Zhambyl, Soviet Union
|Wins by KO||28|
Oleg Alexandrovich Maskaev (Russian: Олег Александрович Маскаев; born March 2, 1969, in Zhambyl, Kazakh SSR) is a Russian professional boxer and a former WBC heavyweight champion. He made only one successful defence of the WBC title before losing it to Samuel Peter. He is an ethnic Mordvin.
Maskaev, a former mine worker, began his career in the 1980s as an amateur boxer in the Soviet Union, where he held a victory over later WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko. He was the champion of the Soviet Army and later the national cup winner. His professional boxing career began in 1993.
Oleg is known for his powerful right-hand punch: he has knocked out former WBO heavyweight challenger Derrick Jefferson, contender Alex Stewart, and twice knocked out former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman. However, he is also noted for a weak chin that was evident in his knockout losses to contenders Oliver McCall, David Tua, Kirk Johnson, Lance Whitaker, Corey Sanders and journeyman Nagy Aguilera.
His most famous victories have been his two wins over Hasim Rahman. Maskaev knocked Rahman off balance, sending his rival out of the ring in the 8th round on November 6, 1999. This fight is also notable for the famous "chair incident", in which noted referee, Steve Smoger, who was backup referee for this fight, was struck in the head by a chair thrown by a fan who was later arrested.
He later fought Rahman again and defeated him for the WBC heavyweight title by knocking him out in the 12th round on August 12, 2006. His second win over Rahman was preceded by a streak of victories that helped rejuvenate Maskaev's career and earned him the "Comeback fighter of the Year" award in The Ring magazine in 2006.
Maskaev won his first title defense against Peter Okhello on December 10, 2006 by unanimous decision.
Maskaev fought against Samuel Peter for the WBC Heavyweight title on March 8, 2008 and was doing well in the early rounds, despite Peter's repeated rabbit punching and the referee's warnings. In the 5th round Maskaev landed some of his best shots on his opponents chin, but to no avail: Peter was seemingly unaffected, visibly shaking Oleg. He lost 5 of the 6 rounds, with Peter winning by TKO with 3 seconds remaining in the sixth round.
In late 2008 he beat opponent Robert Hawkins by UD after 10 rounds and then defeated but unheralded Rich Boruff on March 14, 2009 via first round KO, giving him mandatory contender status to the WBC Heavyweight Championship currently held by Vitali Klitschko. He fought Nagy Aguilera on December 11 in Sacramento, California at the Memorial Auditorium in a tune up fight, but was shockingly knocked out in the first round. Getting stunned with an overhand right-left hook combo and knocked down soon after, another barrage by Aquilera hit Maskaev hard knocking him out. Maskaev did not land a punch in the fight, and has since stated that he may retire following the loss, however he returned to the ring 3 years after the loss, to knock out Owen Beck. In 2013, he decisioned Jason Gavern in a 10-round fight.
Maskaev was born in Taraz to Mordvin parents. He has lived in the U.S. since 1999 with his wife, Svetlana, and four daughters. He acquired US citizenship in 2004. He currently resides in West Sacramento, California. Before his second encounter with Hasim Rahman in 2006, he said "I would say I'm a proud Russian-American. So right now, I'm a citizen of America, of [the] United States... Whoever is going to win is going to be American." In the run-up to his title defense against Peter Okhello, he stated regarding his citizenship: "Russian. I don't want to talk about that anymore. I will walk to the ring under the Russian flag and Russian anthem as I'm now a Russian citizen." Russian president Vladimir Putin granted him Russian citizenship on December 9, 2006.
Professional boxing record
|39 Wins (28 knockouts), 7 Losses, 0 Draws |
|Win||39–7||Danny Williams||UD||10||04/11/2013||Basket Hall, Krasnodar, Russia|
|Win||38–7||Jason Gavern||UD||10||26/05/2013||Saransk, Mordovia, Russia||98-90, 96-93, 97-94. Maskaev down in round 9.|
|Win||37–7||Owen Beck||TKO||3 (10)||30/12/2012||Sports Palace Quant, Troitsk, Moscow, Russia||Owen Beck down in round 1 and 3.|
|Loss||36–7||Nagy Aguilera||TKO||1 (10)||11/12/2009||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, United States||Maskaev was down prior to knockout.|
|Win||36–6||Rich Boruff||TKO||1 (10)||14/03/2009||Ice Palace, Saransk, Russia|
|Win||35–6||Robert Hawkins||UD||10||06/09/2008||Red Square, Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||34–6||Samuel Peter||TKO||6 (12)||08/03/2008||Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico||Lost WBC heavyweight title.|
|Win||34–5||Okello Peter||UD||12||10/12/2006||Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow, Russia||Retained WBC heavyweight title.|
|Win||33–5||Hasim Rahman||TKO||12 (12)||12/08/2006||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won WBC heavyweight title.|
|Win||32–5||Sinan Samil Sam||UD||12||12/11/2005||Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany||Won WBC International heavyweight title.
WBC heavyweight title eliminator.
|Win||31–5||Livin Castillo||TKO||3 (10)||24/06/2005||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Castillo was knocked down twice in the 3rd round.|
|Win||30–5||Quinn Navarre||KO||3 (10)||22/01/2005||Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||29–5||David Defiagbon||SD||10||23/07/2004||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Defiagbon down in round 6.|
|Win||28–5||Craig Tomlinson||TKO||2 (10)||16/04/2004||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||27–5||Julius Francis||TKO||2 (10)||27/11/2003||Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia|
|Win||26–5||Dennis McKinney||TKO||1 (10)||25/09/2003||Huntington Townhouse, Huntington Station, New York, United States|
|Win||25–5||Sedreck Fields||TKO||9 (10)||06/09/2003||Kiev Palace of Sports, Kiev, Ukraine||Fields corner threw in the towel.|
|Win||24–5||Gary Winmon||TKO||1 (8)||28/06/2003||D.C. Armory, District of Columbia, United States|
|Win||23–5||Errol Sadikovski||TKO||1 (10)||15/02/2003||Multi-Purpose Center, Lewiston, Maine, United States|
|Loss||22–5||Corey Sanders||TKO||8 (10)||17/03/2002||Gold Country Casino, Oroville, California, United States||Maskaev down twice in round 8.|
|Win||22–4||David Vedder||TKO||6 (10)||30/11/2001||Reno Hilton, Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–4||Brian Nix||TKO||6 (10)||25/08/2001||Flamingo Hilton, Laughlin, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||20–4||Lance Whitaker||KO||2 (12)||10/03/2001||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title.|
|Loss||20–3||Kirk Johnson||KO||4 (12)||07/10/2000||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Lost PABA heavyweight title.|
|Win||20–2||Derrick Jefferson||TKO||4 (10)||20/05/2000||Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||19–2||Sedreck Fields||TKO||8 (10)||02/03/2000||Ramada Inn, Rosemont, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||18–2||Hasim Rahman||KO||8 (10)||06/11/1999||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||17-2||Shane Sutcliffe||TKO||2 (10)||20/05/1999||Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States||PABA Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:56 of the second round.|
|Win||16–2||Jeff Wooden||TKO||3 (10)||04/02/1999||Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho, United States||PABA Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:41 of the third round.|
|Win||15–2||Marion Wilson||UD||8 (10)||08/12/1998||Roseland Ballroom, New York City, United States||79-73, 79-73, 79-73|
|Win||14–2||Toakipa Tasefa||KO||1 (10)||02/10/1998||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States||PABA Heavyweight Title. Tasefa knocked out at 1:15 of the first round.|
|Win||13–2||Courage Tshabalala||KO||9 (10)||09/06/1998||Moscow State Circus, Moscow, Russia||Tshabalala knocked out at 2:55 of the ninth round.|
|Win||12–2||Booker T Word||TKO||4 (10)||09/01/1998||The Claridge, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:47 of the fourth round.|
|Win||11–2||Alex Stewart||TKO||7 (10)||27/09/1997||Moscow State Circus, Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||10–2||David Tua||TKO||11 (10)||05/04/1997||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBC International Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:16 of the 11th round.|
|Win||10–1||Rodney Blount||KO||2 (10)||07/02/1997||Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Blount knocked out at 1:55 of the second round.|
|Win||9–1||Ralph West||TKO||3 (10)||12/09/1996||Huntington Hilton, Melville, New York, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:03 of the third round.|
|Win||8–1||Fernely Feliz||UD||8 (10)||20/08/1996||MSG Theater, New York City, United States|
|Win||7–1||Mike Robinson||TKO||7 (10)||09/06/1996||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:35 of the seventh round.|
|Loss||6–1||Oliver McCall||TKO||1 (10)||24/02/1996||Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:38 of the first round.|
|Win||6–0||Nikolay Kulpin||UD||12 (10)||29/09/1995||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England||PABA Heavyweight Title. 120-111, 118-113, 117-113.|
|Win||5–0||Joe Thomas||PTS||6 (10)||25/08/1995||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–0||Robert Hawkins||KO||4 (10)||30/06/1995||Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States||Hawkins knocked out at 1:05 of the fourth round.|
|Win||3–0||Mike Whitfield||PTS||8 (10)||11/04/1995||Woodlawn, Maryland, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jimmy Harrison||TKO||4 (10)||04/03/1995||The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||1–0||Alexander Miroshnichenko||TKO||3 (10)||17/04/1993||Taraz, Kazakhstan|
|WBC Heavyweight Champion
August 12, 2006 – March 8, 2008