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Maskaev’s Latest Loss May Lead to Retirement

Ringside Results from the Oleg Maskaev Brutal Knockout Loss

At the famed and historic Memorial Auditorium in his adopted home town of Sacrament, California, Oleg Maskaev entered the ring hoping to extend his boxing career, but instead ran into a younger and game Nagy Aguilera. Maskaev, 40, suffered a shocking technical knockout loss when referee Lou Moret called a halt to the bout at 1:54 of the first round.

Aguilera, who clearly had the speed advantage, threw a few tentative jabs early on and then exploded with a left-right combination that sent the visibly sluggish and older Maskaev to the canvas for the first of two knockdowns. Maskaev, who barely made it back to his feet before the 10-count, was knocked down a second, and final time, when Aguilera took advantage of a hurt Maskaev in methodical fashion. “I did everything I was supposed to,” said Aguilera after the fight. “I was younger, faster, and fitter than him [Maskaev]. I’m a new breed of heavyweight and it’s my time now.”
Oleg Maskaev Brutally Knocked Out
Aguilera (15-2, 10 KOs) scored his first notable win and appears to be a young heavyweight on the rise. Represented by former heavyweight title contender Lou Savarese, its unknown whether or not Aguilera’s representatives will purse a fight against top contender Ray Austin or secure a few more “tune-up” bouts before Aguilera fights on the national stage and enters title contention.

Maskaev, (36-7, 27 KOs), now must face the realization that his 16-year boxing career may have come to an end. “I will see in the ring if I’m going to get hurt,” explained Maskaev. “If I’m not going to be able to do what I used to do, if I’m going to lose every time then it means Oleg has to retire.”

Often over looked as a top-heavyweight, Maskaev had tremendous success over the last decade, scoring notable wins over Hasim Rahman (twice), Derrick Jefferson and Sinan Samil Sam, not to mention being crowned the WBC Heavyweight Champion of the world after his epic knockout victory over Rahman in August of 2006. Maskaev left the auditorium without speaking to the media and his future plans are left for speculation until an announcement regarding his career is made.

Photographed by Heather Cline