By Matt Richardson
Dennis Rappaport, the veteran promoter of former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev, has denied reports that Maskaev could get the next crack against current WBC champ Vitali Klitschko. “No one has contacted us about the fight,” Rappaport said on Wednesday afternoon. Maskaev manager Fred Kesch also denied reports that Maskaev could be next for Klitschko. Team Maskaev is actually busy making final preparations for Maskaev to fight on Friday, December 11th at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California. Negotiations on an opponent are still ongoing though Kesch did claim that it would be a “name” opponent. Maskaev (36-6, 27 KO’s) needs to get in some rounds before securing a title shot. He has only fought once so far this year – a first round knockout of the hapless Rich Boruff in March in Mordovia. Should a clash between Maskaev and Klitschko be put off for the time being, Klitschko (38-2, 37 KO’s) would likely proceed with a fight against unbeaten American Kevin Johnson on December 12th.