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|Real name||Oleg Alexandrovich Maskayev|
|Nickname(s)||The Big O|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Reach||201 cm (79 in)|
|Born||2 March 1969|
Abay, Kazakh SSR,
|Wins by KO||28|
Oleg Alexandrovich Maskayev (o-LEG mas-KA-yev, Russian: Олег Александрович Маскаев; also Maskaev; born 2 March 1969) is a Russian-American former professional boxer who competed from 1995 to 2013, and held the WBC heavyweight title from 2006 to 2008. He is one a few professional boxers to resume his amateur career after a professional debut in 1993.
Maskayev was the champion of the Soviet Army and later the national cup winner. First he represented Kazakh SSR, then Uzbek SSR, and subsequently Uzbekistan. Representing Uzbekistan he won a gold medal at the 1994 Asian Games.
USA−USSR Middle & Heavy Duals (+91 kg), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, December 1991:
Maskayev resumed the amateur career within a month after his reported professional debut in April 1993, to participate in the 1993 World Championships, '94 World Cup, and '94 Asian Games, with the last ones ended with a gold medal for him.
Maskayev finished his amateur career having 118 fights under his belt, with a stated record of 108–10. Controversy later arose as to his record, before he fought Oliver McCall, USBA stated his professional record 15–0 (12 KOs,) which was confirmed ex officio by the Virginia Boxing Commission (which sanctioned the Maskayev–McCall event and all subsequent official information related to it, including the records,) while later and supposedly more precise estimates gave 6–0 (3 KOs.) Nine missing bouts in given record were either unaccounted for (and therefore non-sanctioned events,) or considered as amateur, or exhibition fights. No data available presently for that missing part of Maskayev's early professional career.
Maskayev's professional boxing career began in 1993. Not wasting any time, he made his professional debut against 23–0 former silver medalist Alexander Miroshnichenko. Maskaev won via third-round TKO. In only his seventh professional bout, Maskayev was faced off against Oliver McCall, who had captured a world heavyweight title by knocking out Lennox Lewis just a year before. Maskayev was caught with a hard left hand to the body, followed up with a short right hand in the first round, losing via TKO and being handed his first professional defeated. After winning his next four, Maskayev fought hard-hitting Samoan David Tua. Maskayev lost via 11th-round TKO.
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. Maskayev 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 Maskayev's career and earned him the "Comeback fighter of the Year" award in The Ring magazine in 2006.
Maskayev won his first title defense against Peter Okhello on December 10, 2006 by unanimous decision.
Maskayev 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 Maskayev 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 Maskayev hard knocking him out. Maskayev 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.
Maskayev 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, after previously living in Staten Island, New York. 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
|Professional record summary|
|46 fights||39 wins||7 losses|
|46||Win||39–7||Danny Williams||UD||10||4 Nov 2013||Basket-Hall, Krasnodar, Russia|
|45||Win||38–7||Jason Gavern||UD||10||26 May 2013||Sports Complex Mordovia, Saransk, Russia|
|44||Win||37–7||Owen Beck||TKO||3 (10), 2:59||30 Dec 2012||Sports Palace Quant, Moscow, Russia|
|43||Loss||36–7||Nagy Aguilera||TKO||1 (10), 1:54||11 Dec 2009||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, US|
|42||Win||36–6||Rich Boruff||TKO||1 (10), 1:35||14 Mar 2009||Ice Palace, Saransk, Russia|
|41||Win||35–6||Robert Hawkins||UD||10||6 Sep 2008||Red Square, Moscow, Russia|
|40||Loss||34–6||Samuel Peter||TKO||6 (12), 2:56||8 Mar 2008||Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Mexico||Lost WBC heavyweight title|
|39||Win||34–5||Okello Peter||UD||12||10 Dec 2006||Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia||Retained WBC heavyweight title|
|38||Win||33–5||Hasim Rahman||TKO||12 (12), 2:17||12 Aug 2006||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, US||Won WBC heavyweight title|
|37||Win||32–5||Sinan Şamil Sam||UD||12||12 Nov 2005||Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany||Won WBC International heavyweight title|
|36||Win||31–5||Livin Castillo||TKO||3 (10), 1:30||24 Jun 2005||Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|35||Win||30–5||Quinn Navarre||KO||3 (10), 2:47||22 Jan 2005||Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana, US|
|34||Win||29–5||David Defiagbon||SD||10||23 Jul 2004||Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|33||Win||28–5||Craig Tomlinson||TKO||2 (10), 1:18||16 Apr 2004||Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|32||Win||27–5||Julius Francis||TKO||2 (10)||27 Nov 2003||Olimpiysky Sport Palace, Chekhov, Russia|
|31||Win||26–5||Dennis McKinney||TKO||1 (10)||25 Sep 2003||Townhouse, Huntington, New York, US|
|30||Win||25–5||Sedreck Fields||TKO||9 (10)||6 Sep 2003||Palace of Sports, Kiev, Ukraine|
|29||Win||24–5||Gary Winmon||TKO||1 (8)||28 Jun 2003||DC Armory, Washington, DC, US|
|28||Win||23–5||Errol Sadikovski||TKO||1 (10)||15 Feb 2003||Multi-Purpose Center, Lewiston, Maine, US|
|27||Loss||22–5||Corey Sanders||TKO||8 (10), 2:45||17 Mar 2002||Gold Country Casino, Oroville, California, US|
|26||Win||22–4||David Vedder||TKO||6 (10), 1:45||30 Nov 2001||Hilton, Reno, Nevada, US|
|25||Win||21–4||Brian Nix||TKO||6 (10), 0:53||25 Aug 2001||Flamingo, Laughlin, Nevada, US|
|24||Loss||20–4||Lance Whitaker||KO||2 (12), 1:03||10 Mar 2001||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, US||For WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title|
|23||Loss||20–3||Kirk Johnson||KO||4 (12), 0:51||7 Oct 2000||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US||Lost PABA heavyweight title|
|22||Win||20–2||Derrick Jefferson||TKO||4 (10), 2:10||20 May 2000||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|21||Win||19–2||Sedreck Fields||RTD||7 (10), 3:00||2 Mar 2000||Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, US|
|20||Win||18–2||Hasim Rahman||KO||8 (10), 0:40||6 Nov 1999||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|19||Win||17-2||Shane Sutcliffe||TKO||2 (12), 2:56||20 May 1999||Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, US||Retained PABA heavyweight title|
|18||Win||16–2||Jeff Wooden||TKO||3 (12), 0:41||4 Feb 1999||Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Worley, Idaho, US||Retained PABA heavyweight title|
|17||Win||15–2||Marion Wilson||UD||8||8 Dec 1998||Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, US|
|16||Win||14–2||Toakipa Tasefa||KO||1 (12), 1:15||2 Oct 1998||Sudduth Coliseum, Lake Charles, Louisiana, US||Won vacant PABA heavyweight title|
|15||Win||13–2||Courage Tshabalala||KO||9 (10), 2:55||9 Jun 1998||State Circus, Moscow, Russia|
|14||Win||12–2||Booker T Word||TKO||4 (10), 2:47||9 Jan 1998||The Claridge, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|13||Win||11–2||Alex Stewart||TKO||7 (10)||27 Sep 1997||State Circus, Moscow, Russia|
|12||Loss||10–2||David Tua||TKO||11 (12), 1:16||5 Apr 1997||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||For WBC International heavyweight title|
|11||Win||10–1||Rodney Blount||KO||2 (6), 1:55||7 Feb 1997||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, US|
|10||Win||9–1||Ralph West||TKO||3 (10), 1:03||12 Sep 1996||Hilton, Huntington, New York, US|
|9||Win||8–1||Fernely Feliz||UD||8||20 Aug 1996||Paramount Theater, New York City, New York, US|
|8||Win||7–1||Mike Robinson||TKO||7 (8), 1:35||9 Jun 1996||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, US|
|7||Loss||6–1||Oliver McCall||TKO||1 (10), 1:38||24 Feb 1996||Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, US|
|6||Win||6–0||Nikolay Kulpin||UD||12||29 Sep 1995||York Hall, London, England||Won PABA heavyweight title|
|5||Win||5–0||Joe Thomas||PTS||6||25 Aug 1995||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|4||Win||4–0||Robert Hawkins||KO||4 (6), 1:05||30 Jun 1995||Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US|
|3||Win||3–0||Mike Whitfield||UD||8||11 Apr 1995||Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland, US|
|2||Win||2–0||Jimmy Harrison||TKO||4 (6)||4 Mar 1995||The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts, US|
|Was reinstated as an amateur boxer by AIBA, and resumed his amateur career|
|1||Win||1–0||Alexander Miroshnichenko||TKO||3 (6)||17 Apr 1993||Taraz, Kazakhstan|
- "'Last Line of Defense' theme miffs Maskayev". 11 August 2006.
- fightnews.com Archived 2006-12-08 at the Wayback Machine
- "Президент России предоставил г��ажданство Олегу Маскаеву".
|Regional boxing titles|
|New title|| PABA heavyweight champion
29 September 1995 – July 1996
Title next held byJoe Bugner
Title last held byJoe Bugner
| PABA heavyweight champion
2 October 1998 – 7 October 2000
Sinan Şamil Sam
| WBC International
12 November 2005 – April 2006
Title next held bySinan Şamil Sam
|World boxing titles|
| WBC heavyweight champion
12 August 2006 – 8 March 2008
| The Ring Comeback of the Year