Former WBC champion Oleg Maskaev victorious on return

Phil Jay 30/12/2012

One-time world heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev made a winning return to the ring after three years out as the Kazakhstan-born Russian stopped Owen Beck in three rounds in Moscow.

The 43 year-old, who held the WBC title between 2006 and 2008, put the US-based Jamaican on the floor twice in the fight before referee Viktor Panin had seen enough with Beck in trouble again in the third.

Maskaev scored his 28th stoppage from 37 wins at the Quant Sports Palace and will now hope for bigger challenges as ‘The Big O’ seeks out one final world title shot before the end of his career.

Maxim Vlasov, Sherzod Husanov  and Fedor Papazov topped the undercard with victories in their respective bouts against Geard Ajetovic, Maxim Chemezov and Alexander Saltykov.