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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Maskayev Wins Easily In Moscow

Oleg Maskayev scored the biggest victory in his short professional career when he knocked out Alex Stewart in the seventh round of their super heavyweight fight.


The professional boxing extravaganza, staged Saturday night at the Old Moscow Circus, had two fighters in the main event in featured opposite stages of their career.


London-born Stewart, who lives in the United States, has fought many of the best heavyweights in the world, including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and George Foreman, but his career now seems to be winding down.


Maskayev , who has 19 victories, including 15 knockouts, is a boxer on his way up and looked much the better fighter than his 34-year-old opponent.


It didn't take long for the 28-year-old former Soviet boxer, who also competed for his native Kazakhstan, to outfight Stewart.


In the second round, Maskayev hit his opponent's jaw with a powerful right uppercut, sending Stewart to the canvas.


By the sixth round the British boxer was surviving on his will. When he went down in the seventh, Stewart's trainer threw in the towel, ending the fight.


"Oleg was a better fighter from the start," said Maskayev's trainer, Bob Jackson. "I know Alex a long time and I feel bad for him, but that's business and we had to do what we had planned. Thank God he wasn't seriously hurt."


With his impressive victory Maskayev now awaits the possibility of a title shot.


There were six other bouts on the undercard, including women's boxing between top Russian Zulfia Kutdyusova and the more experienced American Dora Webber. Webber, who was 4 kilograms heavier, won a close six-round battle.


Despite a heavy advertising campaign, there were many empty seats in the 2,500 arena, and ticket scalpers were offering $300 ring-side tickets for less than $20 before the fight.