Oleg Maskaev

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Oleg Maskaev
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Real name Oleg Maskaev
Nickname(s) The Big O
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Reach 201 cm (79 in)
Nationality Russian
Born (1969-03-02) March 2, 1969 (age 46)
Zhambyl, Soviet Union
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 46
Wins 39
Wins by KO 28
Losses 7
Draws 0

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.

Boxing career[edit]

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 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."[1] 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."[2] Russian president Vladimir Putin granted him Russian citizenship on December 9, 2006.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

39 Wins (28 knockouts), 7 Losses, 0 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 39–7 United Kingdom Danny Williams UD 10 04/11/2013 Russia Basket Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
Win 38–7 United States Jason Gavern UD 10 26/05/2013 Russia Saransk, Mordovia, Russia 98-90, 96-93, 97-94. Maskaev down in round 9.
Win 37–7 United States Owen Beck TKO 3 (10) 30/12/2012 Russia Sports Palace Quant, Troitsk, Moscow, Russia Owen Beck down in round 1 and 3.
Loss 36–7 Dominican Republic Nagy Aguilera TKO 1 (10) 11/12/2009 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, United States Maskaev was down prior to knockout.
Win 36–6 United States Rich Boruff TKO 1 (10) 14/03/2009 Russia Ice Palace, Saransk, Russia
Win 35–6 United States Robert Hawkins UD 10 06/09/2008 Russia Red Square, Moscow, Russia
Loss 34–6 Nigeria Samuel Peter TKO 6 (12) 08/03/2008 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico Lost WBC heavyweight title.
Win 34–5 Uganda Okello Peter UD 12 10/12/2006 Russia Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow, Russia Retained WBC heavyweight title.
Win 33–5 United States Hasim Rahman TKO 12 (12) 12/08/2006 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBC heavyweight title.
Win 32–5 Turkey Sinan Samil Sam UD 12 12/11/2005 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany Won WBC International heavyweight title.
WBC heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 31–5 Ecuador Livin Castillo TKO 3 (10) 24/06/2005 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Castillo was knocked down twice in the 3rd round.
Win 30–5 United States Quinn Navarre KO 3 (10) 22/01/2005 United States Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana, United States
Win 29–5 Nigeria David Defiagbon SD 10 23/07/2004 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defiagbon down in round 6.
Win 28–5 United States Craig Tomlinson TKO 2 (10) 16/04/2004 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 27–5 United Kingdom Julius Francis TKO 2 (10) 27/11/2003 Russia Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia
Win 26–5 United States Dennis McKinney TKO 1 (10) 25/09/2003 United States Huntington Townhouse, Huntington Station, New York, United States
Win 25–5 United States Sedreck Fields TKO 9 (10) 06/09/2003 Ukraine Kiev Palace of Sports, Kiev, Ukraine Fields corner threw in the towel.
Win 24–5 United States Gary Winmon TKO 1 (8) 28/06/2003 United States D.C. Armory, District of Columbia, United States
Win 23–5 Republic of Macedonia Errol Sadikovski TKO 1 (10) 15/02/2003 United States Multi-Purpose Center, Lewiston, Maine, United States
Loss 22–5 United States Corey Sanders TKO 8 (10) 17/03/2002 United States Gold Country Casino, Oroville, California, United States Maskaev down twice in round 8.
Win 22–4 United States David Vedder TKO 6 (10) 30/11/2001 United States Reno Hilton, Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 21–4 United States Brian Nix TKO 6 (10) 25/08/2001 United States Flamingo Hilton, Laughlin, Nevada, United States
Loss 20–4 United States Lance Whitaker KO 2 (12) 10/03/2001 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title.
Loss 20–3 Canada Kirk Johnson KO 4 (12) 07/10/2000 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Lost PABA heavyweight title.
Win 20–2 United States Derrick Jefferson TKO 4 (10) 20/05/2000 United States Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 19–2 United States Sedreck Fields TKO 8 (10) 02/03/2000 United States Ramada Inn, Rosemont, New Jersey, United States
Win 18–2 United States Hasim Rahman KO 8 (10) 06/11/1999 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 17-2 Canada Shane Sutcliffe TKO 2 (10) 20/05/1999 United States Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States PABA Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:56 of the second round.
Win 16–2 United States Jeff Wooden TKO 3 (10) 04/02/1999 United States 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 United States Marion Wilson UD 8 (10) 08/12/1998 United States Roseland Ballroom, New York City, United States 79-73, 79-73, 79-73
Win 14–2 New Zealand Toakipa Tasefa KO 1 (10) 02/10/1998 United States Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States PABA Heavyweight Title. Tasefa knocked out at 1:15 of the first round.
Win 13–2 South Africa Courage Tshabalala KO 9 (10) 09/06/1998 Russia Moscow State Circus, Moscow, Russia Tshabalala knocked out at 2:55 of the ninth round.
Win 12–2 United States Booker T Word TKO 4 (10) 09/01/1998 United States The Claridge, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:47 of the fourth round.
Win 11–2 United States Alex Stewart TKO 7 (10) 27/09/1997 Russia Moscow State Circus, Moscow, Russia
Loss 10–2 New Zealand David Tua TKO 11 (10) 05/04/1997 United States 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 United States Rodney Blount KO 2 (10) 07/02/1997 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Blount knocked out at 1:55 of the second round.
Win 9–1 United States Ralph West TKO 3 (10) 12/09/1996 United States Huntington Hilton, Melville, New York, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:03 of the third round.
Win 8–1 Dominican Republic Fernely Feliz UD 8 (10) 20/08/1996 United States MSG Theater, New York City, United States
Win 7–1 United States Mike Robinson TKO 7 (10) 09/06/1996 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:35 of the seventh round.
Loss 6–1 United States Oliver McCall TKO 1 (10) 24/02/1996 United States Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:38 of the first round.
Win 6–0 Kazakhstan Nikolay Kulpin UD 12 (10) 29/09/1995 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England PABA Heavyweight Title. 120-111, 118-113, 117-113.
Win 5–0 United States Joe Thomas PTS 6 (10) 25/08/1995 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 United States Robert Hawkins KO 4 (10) 30/06/1995 United States Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Hawkins knocked out at 1:05 of the fourth round.
Win 3–0 United States Mike Whitfield PTS 8 (10) 11/04/1995 United States Woodlawn, Maryland, United States
Win 2–0 United States Jimmy Harrison TKO 4 (10) 04/03/1995 United States The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Kazakhstan Alexander Miroshnichenko TKO 3 (10) 17/04/1993 Kazakhstan Taraz, Kazakhstan


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hasim Rahman
WBC Heavyweight Champion
August 12, 2006 – March 8, 2008
Succeeded by
Samuel Peter