Maskaev/Okhello: Who's This Fellow, Okhello?

19.11.06 - By Jim Amato: I recently learned that on December 10th, in Moscow, Russia, WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev will "defend" his title against Peter Okhello. Born in Uganda, Okhello, 34, fights out of Japan. He has a record of 18-4 with 16 knockouts, and he has been stopped once. In 1999, Kali Meehan halted him in three rounds, while in 2005, Okhello lost a twelve round decision to Sinan Samil Sam.

I understand that Maskaev would like to defend his title against a "safe" opponent in front of the Moscow crowd, in Russia. Still, I can think of many more deserving challengers then Okhello. The heavyweight division is muddled enough, and fights like these just delay the bouts that should be made to restore order to the troubled and unexciting heavyweight division.

WBA champion Nickolai Valuev is now supposed to meet undefeated Ruslan Chagaev (21-0-1, 17 KO's) in a mandatory defense. If new WBO titleholder Shannon Briggs is not forced meet former champion Sergei Liakhovich in a rematch, his mandatory defense will be against Sultan Ibragimov. Next up for IBF king Wladimir Klitschko should be Cleveland Ohio's Ray Austin. We'll see..

As far as I'm concerned, the heavyweight division is in a sad, sad state. Maskaev vs. Okhello will just make it worse. Hey, Oleg, if Okhello falls out as an opponent, maybe you can get "The Lion Of Flanders," Jean Pierre Coopman.

Lennox, Vitali...PLEASE come back!

Article posted on 20.11.2006

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