:thumbsup:European-born Maskaev scores second KO over Hasim Rahman for WBC heavyweight title
For about a year now, promoter Dennis Rappaport would tell anyone who would listen that his heavyweight fighter, Oleg Maskaev, was the modern day "Cinderella" story - a humble fighter who overcame a rough background and bigger odds to reach the pinnacle of sports, the world heavyweight championship.
Sorry to tell you this but NABF and IBO belts are not considered "major" anymore. The four major titles are:pollux said:So now we have another heavyweight champion, Oleg Maskaev. That is, he has the WBC title, right? Wladimir Klitschko has the IBF, IBO, and NABF crowns, correct? Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong. Boxing Record Archives(boxrec) ranks Calvin Brock as the number one heavyweight. But his
boxrec record also lists him as the winner of a vacant WBC title fight. Also, he holds the IBA championship.
As a fifty-eight year old, I can recall those simpler times when there was only one champion in each weight class. That is why I can still feel the excitement I felt the night in 1964 when my father listened on the radio to the first fight between the single heavyweight champion in the world, Sonny Liston, and the challenger, then called Cassius Clay, later Muhammed Ali. There was that feeling of surprise, almost disbelief, when Clay triumphed. It was like David slaying Goliath. Never have I been one to always be preaching about the good old days. But boxing titles then had more meaning for me. There was one man on the entire planet who could not be beaten in boxing.
Later in the sixties, the different organizations began, NABF being the first, that had their own championship belts. Was television to blame for this turn of events, greedy promoters?
So now, Maskaev and Klitschko should be fighting within the next year to unify the title. But somehow the excitement is lacking.
Just when you think that they are ready to count out boxing the sport finds new life and thrills. Coming on the heels of a federal 32-count indictment of IBF president Bob Lee and three of his compatriots for bribery and racketeering charges, the sport looked dead again. However, what makes boxing so compelling is what takes place inside the ropes. That was the case last night when four big heavyweights went to war and two guys exited on their shields.
The Russian version of the old Canadian heavyweight George Chuvalo, Mr. Oleg Maskaev drilled the number sixth-ranked contender Hasim Rahman with a wicked right hand to score a brutal 8th round knockout.
The shot drove Rahman through the ropes, out past the ring apron, and on to the venerable hardwood floor flat on his back. Rahman was unable to climb back into the ring after a count of twenty and Maskaev was awarded a stunning KO victory at the 40-second mark.
Within seconds of Rahman hitting the deck, unruly fans began firing folding chairs and alternate ref Steve Smoger was nailed by flying metal. A wild melee ensued and it took several minutes before order was finally restored. Security cops and New Jersey's finest battled with disenfranchised Rahman fans, or people who were unhappy with the shocking conclusion to the lively affair.
"I was a little slow but I believed in myself," Maskaev said after the victory. "I said I'm not going to give up. I believed in my power."
mtt_c said:There are only good ones now. (sp)Lahovitch, Klitschko, Sultan Ibragimov and Samuel Peter are the ones I look to see improve. Samuel Peter would have been touted as the next Mike Tyson had he been able to close the deal on Wladdy and unfortunately, he needs to destroy JToney within 5 to gain anything from this fight.
Lahovich will have a rematch (against ?MonteBarret?) and has an opportunity to capture some fans. Sultan didn't live up to his hype in his last outing (can't remember the name) but should have won the draw decision. He didn't show that 20 pro fights is enough to warrant a title shot against Wladdy.
And then there is one-Wladdy-the dude should try to blast the next opponent out. No more decisions, no more holding (see Samuel Peter) but go for the knockout-quickest way to get on the great list.
ERIK said:I dont think Liakhovich ever fought Barrett. I hear Liakhovich is gonna defend against Shannon Briggs. And Klitschko may be fighting Brock.
I like the heavyweight division cause you never know who is gonna win. Just wish they would fight a bit more often some are not active enough.