High Hopes, Ants & Rubber Tree Plants
Rappaport Says Maskaev On Verge Of Another Title

By William Trillo

On December 11 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium former heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev (36-6,27 KO’s) will perform in front of his new home crowd as he takes on ready Dominican Nagy Aguilera (14-2,9 KO’s).

The theme of Fight … “Mega Brawl Winner Take All, Dream Maker or Career Breaker”

Who else but promoter Dennis Rappaport could come up with a title like that? And why not? He is excited about Maskaev being in the Heavyweight title mix again, and who can blame him.

Though he is now a 40 year old fighter, Oleg is never to be taken lightly and he and Rapp are looking for one more shot at the crown. It’s a shot that is now not that far out of their reach.


We spoke to Rappaport as he and Oleg traveled to his Lake Tahoe training facility and got his thoughts on this fight and his prized fighter.

 

Addressing those who think Maskaev should bow out of this fight now that a title eliminator is sanctioned Rappaport said, “A lot of fighters would have cancelled this fight because the WBC has ordered that after this fight Oleg fights a final title eliminator against Ray Austin and the winner becomes the automatic challenger to Vitali Klitschko.  Oleg really wanted to fight in front of his fans in Sacramento and even though he had to sacrifice dollars to do it, he wanted to make the tickets affordable so people in his own home town could come and see him. Oleg wants to go on with this fight with Aguilera and when he is successful then we go on to the next chapter."

Speaking about Maskaeav’s little known foe Rappaport noted, “Now we are not taking this Aguilera lightly, he has fought some real quality guys and he has been asking to fight us for a while. Really all the kid wants is an opportunity. Oleg is ranked # 2 in the World and is on the verge of a title eliminator…quite frankly this kid wants to take Oleg’s place.”

“A lot of people were surprised when Oleg decided to go on with the fight,” Rappaport quipped, “Then you look at a guy like Kevin Johnson who was supposed to fight Solis and as soon as he gets a title opportunity he pulls out of the fight...we are not like that.”

In closing Rappaport exclaimed, “We have a dream; Oleg is a Cinderella story in boxing and we are going to shock the world against Austin and then the Cinderella story begins chapter 2 when they say, “And the new Heavyweight Champion of the World Oleg Maskaev”.  And for everyone who doesn’t believe in dreams remember the words of Frank Sinatra about high hopes, an ant can move a rubber tree plant if he has high hopes. Well we have high hopes, Oleg became a champion and he will become a champion again.”

Card begins at 7 p.m., with doors at 6 p.m. Undercards TBA.

For more information, please call (916) 808-5181.

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