Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Oleg Maskaev Is Ready For Gavern, Praises Lebedev

By Alexey Sukachev and Grigoriy Stangrit

Unlike other states, Russia is a country for old men. A week and two days after 41-year old WBA cruiserweight champion “in recess” Guillermo Jones used some time engineering to crack much younger Denis Lebedev in a FOTY candidate, another veteran of the ring – The Big “O" Oleg Maskaev (37-7, 28 KOs) – will continue his return to the fight game. Maskaev, 44 and a former WBC heavyweight titlist, is set to fight rapidly fading American Jason Gavern (21-14-4, 10 KOs), 8 years his younger, who has lost his last six in a row. The scheduled ten-rounder will be held on May 26 at Mordovia Sports Complex in Saransk, Russia. Gavern will arrive in Russia tomorrow. Waiting for his opponent Maskaev was contacted by the Allboxing’s Grigory Stangrit.

- It’s your bout next but we cannot start from anything other than a magic fight last Friday between Denis Lebedev and Guillermo Jones. What can you say us about this fight?

- Denis had a chance to take over Jones. Unfortunately, there was that horrible cut at the right side of his face. And Guillermo did anything he could to make matters worse – he surely had every right to do so. But Denis was heroic. He knew how heavy the press above him was – and he didn’t wilt. He was fighting under harsh circumstances, and he couldn’t make any more than he had made. Had it been a non-title affair, he would have been well advised to quit but it was a title fight, and he fought almost to the end. Had it been in Germany, he would have been stopped long ago. I think Denis would have won had not it been about such horrible cuts and swells.

- How is your training?

- Truly good. The last week was a bit hard for me due to the relocation. This one is completely different. I’m nearing my best shape. I’m already in sparring sessions with Vladimir Goncharov, our young heavyweight, who has just worked out for more than 60 rounds with Lebedev.

- What is your body telling you?

- I’m always in shape but there is no time handicap. I would have been glad to obtain more time reserves. I was involved in resolving some crucial details – who will be the opp, where the fight will take place etc. All of this affected my training. But right now I’m okay, I think I shall overtake it.

- At this stage of one’s career, which you are at, it’s reasonable to think about calling it a day. How long will you compete as a prizefighter from this point?

- This remains to be seen. As soon as my body is ready and tells me it’s in okay shape I’ll go on with fighting. If I feel my body isn’t responding well under the load, I’ll say enough is enough and I’ll think carefully about a decision. Right now, my body tells me to continue fighting.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The main event of the night will be supported by a quality undercard, which will see six pairs of prizefighters in non-title and minor title contests.

In a penultimate fight of the night, WBC Baltic middleweight champion Andrey Meryasev (13-0, 11 KOs) is set to risk his title against Mexican challenger Alvaro Gaona (12-2, 7 KOs).

There will be four eight-rounder in the card. Undefeated welterweight Aslanbek Kozaev (23-0-1, 10 KOs) looks to power up his engine after a disappointing draw against David Avanesyan in his latest outing by fighting durable Belarussian Evgueny Kruglik (11-17-3, 3 KOs). Fedor “Mr. Knockout” Papazov (10-0, 7 KOs) will look to extend his series of victories against Ukrainian Artiom Ayvazidi (10-4, 5 KOs), who is just 0-4 in his last four fights but has a controversial split decision loss Sergey Fedchenko in an even bout. Super bantamweight Vladimir Tikhonov (8-0, 4 KOs) battles Mexican import Kose Cen Torres (11-3, 1 KO), while Aik Shakhnazarian (5-0, 1 KO) will be tested by lightweight Jahongir Mamadjanov (7-4, 1 KO) of Uzbekistan. Finally, cruiserweight Murat Gassiev (10-0, 6 KOs) will try to prove his skills against another Uzbek Sherzod Mamadjanov (8-17, 3 KOs) – over six.

The entire show will be co-promoted by Evgueny Vainstein, Igor Shafer and Kirill Pchelnikov.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Golovkin vs. Martirosyan Undercard Coming Together Ishe Smith vs. Tony Harrison Finalized - PBC on Bounce, May 11 Tevin Farmer vs. Billy Dib Ordered For Vacant IBF World Title Photos: Ramon Alvarez, Jorge Paez on Weight For Showdown Photos: Gervonta Davis, Jesus Cuellar - Ready For WBA Title Fight Photos: Jermall Charlo, Hugo Centeno - Ready For Title Fight Photos: Adrien Broner, Jessie Vargas - Ready For War Frampton Admits a Loss To Donaire Could Mean End of Career Broner Weighs In Heavier Than Vargas for Their 144-Pound Fight Photos: Otto Wallin, Adrian Granat - Ready For a Viking War Gervonta Davis Makes Weight on First Try - First Time in 3 Fights WBC Reveal Huge List of Boxers Not Drug Testing With CBP/VADA LIVE Stream: Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas - Official Weigh-In Gary Russell vs. Joseph Diaz Finalized For May 19 at MGM Harbor Khan: I Want To End Career With a Big Bang, I'm Still in My Prime Max Ornelas, Tony Lopez Fight For Bragging Rights on beIN Pacquiao: I Still Have a Couple of More Fights Before I Retire Povetkin's Promoter Claims $4.3 Million Court Win Over Wilder Photos: Frampton, Donaire Prepare For Fireworks in Belfast Photos: Amir Khan, Phil Lo Greco - Ready For War in Liverpool Hugo Centeno Reflects on Stoppage Loss To Maciej Sulecki Jesus Cuellar: Gervonta Davis is Overrated; He's No Mayweather! Broner on Vargas: He Ain't Win His Fights When He Stepped Up Hearn: We Won't Let You Play With Our Balls To Overpay Wilder! BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week - April 20 Max Ornelas: I'll Do Whatever it Takes To Be a World Champion Vanes Martirosyan: Canelo is a Cheater, Golovkin is a Gentleman Khan vs. Lo Greco: Bilal Rehman To Remain On Card Amir Khan: If I Lose To Lo Greco - It's All Over For Me Jessie Vargas: No One Will Care About Broner After I Beat Him Euro News: Serge Michel, Stefan Haertel, Elvis Hetemi, More Photos: Pacquiao, Matthysse - Go Face To Face in Malaysia Pacquiao Expects a "Toe To Toe" Fight With Lucas Matthysse Don King Warns That Vanes Will Bring a Real Fight To Golovkin Lamont Roach, Orlando Cruz Fight To a Ten Round Split Draw WBC Prez: Canelo's Image Can Improve, Time To Turn The Page Sullivan Barrera Wants The Winner of Kovalev-Alvarez Khan: I Hoped Canelo Would Get Longer Ban, A Few Years at Least Video: Adrien Broner Goes Bonkers on Ellerbe at Final Presser Abel Sanchez Reacts To Canelo Suspension, Sends Message To WBC
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement