Oleg Maskaev

Oleg Maskaev
Олег Маскаев
Real name Oleg Alexandrovich Maskaev
Nickname(s) The Big O
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Reach 201 cm (79 in)
  • Russian
  • American
Born (1969-03-02) 2 March 1969
Abay, Kazakh SSR,
Soviet Union
(now Kazakhstan)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 46
Wins 39
Wins by KO 28
Losses 7

Oleg Alexandrovich Maskaev (Russian: Олег Александрович Маскаев; born 2 March 1969) is a Russian-American former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2013, and held the WBC heavyweight title from 2006 to 2008.

Boxing career

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. Representing Uzbekistan, he won a gold medal at the 1994 Asian Games. 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

Professional record summary
46 fights 39 wins 7 losses
By knockout 28 7
By decision 11 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
46 Win 39–7 United Kingdom Danny Williams UD 10 4 Nov 2013 Russia Basket-Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
45 Win 38–7 United States Jason Gavern UD 10 26 May 2013 Russia Sports Complex Mordovia, Saransk, Russia
44 Win 37–7 United States Owen Beck TKO 3 (10), 2:59 30 Dec 2012 Russia Sports Palace Quant, Moscow, Russia
43 Loss 36–7 Dominican Republic Nagy Aguilera TKO 1 (10), 1:54 11 Dec 2009 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, US
42 Win 36–6 United States Rich Boruff TKO 1 (10), 1:35 14 Mar 2009 Russia Ice Palace, Saransk, Russia
41 Win 35–6 United States Robert Hawkins UD 10 6 Sep 2008 Russia Red Square, Moscow, Russia
40 Loss 34–6 Nigeria Samuel Peter TKO 6 (12), 2:56 8 Mar 2008 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Cancún, Mexico Lost WBC heavyweight title
39 Win 34–5 Uganda Okello Peter UD 12 10 Dec 2006 Russia Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia Retained WBC heavyweight title
38 Win 33–5 United States Hasim Rahman TKO 12 (12), 2:17 12 Aug 2006 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, US Won WBC heavyweight title
37 Win 32–5 Turkey Sinan Şamil Sam UD 12 12 Nov 2005 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Won WBC International heavyweight title
36 Win 31–5 Ecuador Livin Castillo TKO 3 (10), 1:30 24 Jun 2005 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
35 Win 30–5 United States Quinn Navarre KO 3 (10), 2:47 22 Jan 2005 United States Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana, US
34 Win 29–5 Nigeria David Defiagbon SD 10 23 Jul 2004 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
33 Win 28–5 United States Craig Tomlinson TKO 2 (10), 1:18 16 Apr 2004 United States Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
32 Win 27–5 United Kingdom Julius Francis TKO 2 (10) 27 Nov 2003 Russia Olimpiysky Sport Palace, Chekhov, Russia
31 Win 26–5 United States Dennis McKinney TKO 1 (10) 25 Sep 2003 United States Townhouse, Huntington, New York, US
30 Win 25–5 United States Sedreck Fields TKO 9 (10) 6 Sep 2003 Ukraine Palace of Sports, Kiev, Ukraine
29 Win 24–5 United States Gary Winmon TKO 1 (8) 28 Jun 2003 United States DC Armory, Washington, DC, US
28 Win 23–5 Republic of Macedonia Errol Sadikovski TKO 1 (10) 15 Feb 2003 United States Multi-Purpose Center, Lewiston, Maine, US
27 Loss 22–5 United States Corey Sanders TKO 8 (10), 2:45 17 Mar 2002 United States Gold Country Casino, Oroville, California, US
26 Win 22–4 United States David Vedder TKO 6 (10), 1:45 30 Nov 2001 United States Hilton, Reno, Nevada, US
25 Win 21–4 United States Brian Nix TKO 6 (10), 0:53 25 Aug 2001 United States Flamingo, Laughlin, Nevada, US
24 Loss 20–4 United States Lance Whitaker KO 2 (12), 1:03 10 Mar 2001 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, US For WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
23 Loss 20–3 Canada Kirk Johnson KO 4 (12), 0:51 7 Oct 2000 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US Lost PABA heavyweight title
22 Win 20–2 United States Derrick Jefferson TKO 4 (10), 2:10 20 May 2000 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
21 Win 19–2 United States Sedreck Fields RTD 7 (10), 3:00 2 Mar 2000 United States Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois, US
20 Win 18–2 United States Hasim Rahman KO 8 (10), 0:40 6 Nov 1999 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
19 Win 17-2 Canada Shane Sutcliffe TKO 2 (12), 2:56 20 May 1999 United States Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, US Retained PABA heavyweight title
18 Win 16–2 United States Jeff Wooden TKO 3 (12), 0:41 4 Feb 1999 United States Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Worley, Idaho, US Retained PABA heavyweight title
17 Win 15–2 United States Marion Wilson UD 8 8 Dec 1998 United States Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, US
16 Win 14–2 New Zealand Toakipa Tasefa KO 1 (12), 1:15 2 Oct 1998 United States Sudduth Coliseum, Lake Charles, Louisiana, US Won vacant PABA heavyweight title
15 Win 13–2 South Africa Courage Tshabalala KO 9 (10), 2:55 9 Jun 1998 Russia State Circus, Moscow, Russia
14 Win 12–2 United States Booker T Word TKO 4 (10), 2:47 9 Jan 1998 United States The Claridge, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
13 Win 11–2 Jamaica Alex Stewart TKO 7 (10) 27 Sep 1997 Russia State Circus, Moscow, Russia
12 Loss 10–2 New Zealand David Tua TKO 11 (12), 1:16 5 Apr 1997 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US For WBC International heavyweight title
11 Win 10–1 United States Rodney Blount KO 2 (6), 1:55 7 Feb 1997 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, US
10 Win 9–1 United States Ralph West TKO 3 (10), 1:03 12 Sep 1996 United States Hilton, Huntington, New York, US
9 Win 8–1 Dominican Republic Fernely Feliz UD 8 20 Aug 1996 United States Paramount Theater, New York City, New York, US
8 Win 7–1 United States Mike Robinson TKO 7 (8), 1:35 9 Jun 1996 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, US
7 Loss 6–1 United States Oliver McCall TKO 1 (10), 1:38 24 Feb 1996 United States Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, US
6 Win 6–0 Kazakhstan Nikolay Kulpin UD 12 29 Sep 1995 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Won PABA heavyweight title
5 Win 5–0 United States Joe Thomas PTS 6 25 Aug 1995 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
4 Win 4–0 United States Robert Hawkins KO 4 (6), 1:05 30 Jun 1995 United States Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
3 Win 3–0 United States Mike Whitfield UD 8 11 Apr 1995 United States Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland, US
2 Win 2–0 United States Jimmy Harrison TKO 4 (6) 4 Mar 1995 United States The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts, US
1 Win 1–0 Kazakhstan Alexander Miroshnichenko TKO 3 (6) 17 Apr 1993 Kazakhstan Taraz, Kazakhstan Professional debut

Titles in boxing

Regional titles
New title PABA heavyweight champion
29 September 1995 – July 1996
Title next held by
Joe Bugner
Title last held by
Joe Bugner
PABA heavyweight champion
2 October 1998 – 7 October 2000
Succeeded by
Kirk Johnson
Preceded by
Sinan Şamil Sam
WBC International heavyweight champion
12 November 2005 – April 2006
Title next held by
Sinan Şamil Sam
World titles
Preceded by
Hasim Rahman
WBC heavyweight champion
12 August 2006 – 8 March 2008
Succeeded by
Samuel Peter


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