Maskaev Takes WBC Title

by Nathan Hamm on 8/14/2006 · 3 comments

Oleg Maskaev, who is originally from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, won the WBC heavyweight title in the 12th round of his bout with Baltimore’s Hasim Rahman on Saturday. Finally

The former Russian Army officer, who toiled for years with poor management and training and once wasknocked out three times in five fights, finally ascended to the top of his sport. Some see Maskaev’s belt as another indictment of a much-criticized division, but the less cynical can appreciate the underdog story.

With the victory of Maskaev, who is now a US citizen and resident of Staten Island, becomes the fourth East European, all four heavyweight titles are now held by boxers from the former Soviet Union. Vladimir Klitschko, the holder of the IBF title, has proposed a unification bout for November 11.

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Nick August 15, 2006 at 8:13 am

‘ … all four heavyweight titles are now held by boxers from the former Soviet Union.’

Is one of them Drago, by any chance?

Nathan August 15, 2006 at 12:16 pm

If only…

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