“A rematch will happen. The younger Klitschko cannot stay the champion forever. The first fight was rough, and the loss is still burning Alexander inside. He needs a rematch in order to fix it. Alexander achieved becoming a champion. As far as where the location, Kiev is not right for it. The pressure there will be too high, and Povetkin should avoid fighting there,” said former WBC champion Oleg Maskaev.
The Povetkin vs. Klitschko bout in Moscow, Russia, in October of 2013 generated not only great interest, but also a colossal profit for everyone involved. When it comes to finances, things like venue have to be considered in order to maximize revenue. Continue reading
Two ageing heavyweights who really should be happily enjoying retirement will meet in Russia on November 4th. R-Sport reports how Oleg Maskaev, the former WBC heavyweight champion, will face Britain’s Danny Williams in Krasnodar, Russia. 44-year-old Maskaev, 38-7(28) was to have faced Corey Sanders in a rematch of a 2002 meeting which was won by Sanders via 8th-round TKO, but Sanders was unable to get a visa to travel to Russia. 40-year-old Williams, who has a 44-18(33) record (having lost his last eight outings, half by stoppage) was available and has been brought in at short notice.
Maskaev, known as “The Big O,” launched his latest comeback in December of 2012, and since then he has picked up two wins (a 3rd-round TKO over Owen Beck and, last time out in May of this year, a ten-round UD over Jason Gavern). Williams should certainly have quit at least a couple of years ago (he is unable to get a licence to box in Britain), while Maskaev, also way past his best, appears to have at least something left. Continue reading
Oleg Maskaev has been in boxing for quite some time, and is one of the very few seasoned Russian heavyweight champions in the recent past. In a recent interview he talked about Alexander Povetkin vs. Wladimir Klitschko, and had said some very interesting things. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (37-7, 28 KO’s) didn’t look half bad in defeating Owen Beck (29-12, 20 KO’s) by a 3rd round TKO on Sunday night at the Sports Palace in Moscow, Russia. Maskaev put Beck down three times in the fight in stopping him in the 3rd round at 2:59.
Beck was knocked down once in the 1st and twice more in the 2nd round from big shots from Maskaev. The finisher came from a short right hand from Maskaev that put Beck down. To Beck’s credit, he did make it back to his feet but he was unable to stand without swaying from side to side and then caused the referee Viktor Panin to stop the fight.
Maskaev hadn’t fought since being stopped in the 1st round by Nagy Aguilera in December 2009. That’s a long time to go in between fighting for someone Maskaev’s age, but he looked good.
It’s unclear how far Maskaev can go in the division. He’ll have to be matched carefully for him to be able to get a title shot, because I have a feeling if they put Maskaev in with someone of decent quality, he’ll get stopped again. Continue reading