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Maskaev TKO’s Rahman, Wins WBC Title!

Wow, wow, wow! That’s all I could think of after Oleg Maskaev (33-5, 26 KO’s) stood above a battered Hasim Rahman (41-6-2, 33 KO’s) and became the new WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World. The Thomas and Mack Center was going crazy during the 12th and final round, which saw Maskaev bring Europe another Heavyweight Title.

Wow, wow, wow! That’s all I could think of after Oleg Maskaev (33-5, 26 KO’s) stood above a battered Hasim Rahman (41-6-2, 33 KO’s) and became the new WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World. The Thomas and Mack Center was going crazy during the 12th and final round, which saw Maskaev bring Europe another Heavyweight Title.

Maskaev’s long journey to a Heavyweight Title came full circle Saturday Night when he forced referee Jay Nady to stop the fight after knocking Rahman down twice in the 12th and leaving Rahman unable to defend himself. With a fight that could have gone either, it was the beginning of the end after Maskaev landed a solid left hook that connected Rahman cleanly. Rahman was never able to recover. Rahman had a reason as to why it landed so cleanly, stating that Nady had called for the fighters to break, with Maskaev landing the hook as Rahman but his gloves down and prepared to separate. Regardless, Maskaev took advantage of his hook, and continued to pressure Rahman until the fight was officially over.

Rahman, who has never really stepped up in pressure fights, had this fight in full control after the 9th round. He was consistently landing his jabs, and nailing Maskaev with clean shots all night. By the 5th and 6th round, Maskaev was all but done, seemingly out of gas, ready to get knocked out. But Rahman never could find the one punch to send Maskaev on his back and bring Heavyweight glory back to the United States.

Two of the judges’ ringside had Rahman ahead by one point after the 9th round, which meant Rahman had to accomplish two things to retain his title: Only win more round and avoid getting knocked down. The task appeared to be too much. Instead of continuing to jab away, it appeared as if Rahman wanted the knockout, seeking revenge from their first fight almost 7 years ago. Maskaev had ended the next two rounds impressively, winning them both, taking the lead into the 12th, and eventually winning the fight.

What’s next for Maskaev? Calvin Brock had stated before the fight that he wanted a shot at Rahman, but his plans may have changed, and may wait for Maskaev. Sergie Liakovich also wanted a crack at Maskaev. So, the possibilities are there for Maskaev, who just wanted to go home and see his kids.

Touchgloves.com Extra:

At the post fight conference, Calvin Brock called out Heavyweight Champ Wladimir Klitschko. Sergei Liakovich, another Heavyweight Champ, also wanted Klitschko, and wants to eventually unify the Heavyweight Division.

Shelly Finkle, advisor to Klitschko, stated that we will know next week who Klitschko will fight next.

Once again, thanks to Calvin Brock, Chris Byrd, and all the fighters who were nice enough to stop, talk, and sign our boxing glove. We’ll have pictures up for everyone ASAP.

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