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Henry Maske (born 6 January 1964 in Treuenbrietzen, Bezirk Potsdam) is a German former professional boxer, and one of Germany's most popular sports figures. He held the IBF light heavyweight title from 1993 until 1996.

Henry Maske
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Henry Maske and Manfred Wolke (right)
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Real nameHenry Maske
Nickname(s)Gentleman[1][2][3]
Weight(s)Light Heavyweight
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
NationalityGerman
Born (1964-01-06) 6 January 1964 (age 55)
Treuenbrietzen, Bezirk Potsdam, East Germany
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights32
Wins31
Wins by KO11
Losses1
Henry Maske
Medal record
Representing  East Germany
Men's boxing
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Middleweight
World Amateur Championships
Gold medal – first place 1989 Moscow Light Heavyweight
Silver medal – second place 1986 Reno Middleweight
European Amateur Championships
Gold medal – first place 1985 Budapest Middleweight
Gold medal – first place 1987 Turin Middleweight
Gold medal – first place 1989 Athens Middleweight

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Amateur careerEdit

Maske was an Olympic Gold medallist 1988 in Seoul (middleweight) for East Germany. His results were:[4]

Olympic resultsEdit

Below is the record of Henry Maske, an East German middlewight boxer who competed at the 1988 Seoul Olympics:

  • Round of 64: bye
  • Round of 32: Defeated Helman Palije (Malawi) by decision, 5–0
  • Round of 16: Defeated Sello Mojela (Lesotho) by walkover
  • Quarterfinal: Defeated Michele Mastrodonato (Italy) by decision, 5–0
  • Semifinal: Defeated Chris Sande (Kenya) by decision, 5–0
  • Final: Defeated Egerton Marcus (Canada) by decision, 5–0 (won gold medal)

Maske won the 1989 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Moscow and the silver medal at the 1986 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Reno, Nevada. His toughest opponents were Cubans, particularly Angel Espinosa, whom he met three times in 1987—1988, losing all three by a 0–5 unanimous decision, and luckily for him, Maske didn't met Espinosa at Seoul as Cuba boycotted the 1988 Olympics.

Professional careerEdit

During his career, Maske was a five-time boxing champion of East Germany. After reunification in 1990, he turned professional, and became the IBF world title holder in the light heavyweight category on 20 March 1993. Maske defended his title ten times between 1993–96.[5]

He retired in 1996 after suffering a split decision loss at the hands of Virgil Hill.[6] In 2007, he won in a rematch.[3]

Post-boxing lifeEdit

 
Maske (left) and Wladimir Klitschko (right) with German sculptor Carsten Eggers, after the unveiling of the Max Schmeling monument in Hollenstedt on 21 May 2010.

As of 2010, Maske owns ten McDonald's franchises in Germany.[7] Maske works as a boxing commentator for the first German television channel (ARD).

ComebackEdit

After an 11-year retirement, he avenged his only defeat as a professional against Virgil Hill. The fight was held on 31 March 2007, in Munich; Maske won by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.[citation needed]

Professional boxing recordEdit

31 Wins (11 KOs), 1 Loss[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 31–1   Virgil Hill UD 12 31 March 2007   Munich, Bayern, Germany
Loss 30–1   Virgil Hill SD 12 23 November 1996   Munich, Bayern, Germany Lost IBF light heavyweight title.
For WBA, & vacant Lineal light heavyweight title.
Win 30–0   John Scully UD 12 25 May 1996   Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany Retained IBF light heavyweight title.
Win 29–0   Duran Williams UD 12 17 February 1996   Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained IBF light heavyweight title.
Win 28–0   Graciano Rocchigiani UD 12 14 October 1995   Munich, Bayern, Germany Retained IBF light heavyweight title.
Win 27–0   Graciano Rocchigiani UD 12 27 May 1995   Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained IBF light heavyweight title.
Win 26–0   Egerton Marcus UD 12 11 February 1995   Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany Retained IBF light heavyweight title.
Win 25–0   Iran Barkley RTD 9 8 October 1994   Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained IBF light heavyweight title.
Win 24–0   Andrea Magi UD 12 4 June 1994   Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained IBF light heavyweight title.
Win 23–0   Ernesto Magdaleno TKO 9 26 March 1994   Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained IBF light heavyweight title.
Win 22–0   David Vedder UD 12 11 December 1993   Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained IBF light heavyweight title.
Win 21–0   Anthony Hembrick UD 12 18 September 1993   Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained IBF light heavyweight title.
Win 20–0   Charles Williams UD 12 20 March 1993   Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Won IBF light heavyweight title.
Win 19–0   Frank Minton KO 2 2 October 1992   Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany
Win 18–0   Samson Cohen KO 6 19 September 1992   Kassel, Hessen, Germany
Win 17–0   Lenzie Morgan PTS 10 27 June 1992   Halle, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Win 16–0   Steve McCarthy DQ 9 4 April 1992   Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 15–0   Leslie Stewart KO 7 6 March 1992   Berlin, Germany
Win 14–0   Tom Elton Collins TKO 8 6 December 1991   Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 13–0   Darryl Fromm KO 2 8 November 1991   Paris, France
Win 12–0   Mike Peak KO 9 12 October 1991   Halle, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Win 11–0   Rodrigo Benech UD 8 13 September 1991   Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 10–0   Yawe Davis PTS 10 31 May 1991   Berlin, Germany
Win 9–0   Miguel Angel Maldonado PTS 8 28 February 1991   Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 8–0   Salim Muhammad PTS 8 25 January 1991   Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 7–0   Glazz Campbell PTS 8 7 December 1990   Berlin, Germany
Win 6–0   Sean Mannion PTS 8 16 November 1990   Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Win 5–0   Cordwell Hylton KO 3 31 October 1990   Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 4–0   Mike Brothers KO 2 5 October 1990   Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 3–0   Jorge Juan Salgado PTS 6 7 September 1990   Berlin, Germany
Win 2–0   Mike Aubrey PTS 6 1 June 1990   Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 1–0  Antonio Arvizu KO 1 9 May 1990   Wembley, London, United Kingdom Professional debut.

ActingEdit

Maske played the lead role in the 2010 biopic Max Schmeling, for which he took several months of acting lessons. However, critique were largely negative on his performance in the film.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Think twice about returning to the ring after a long layoff". ESPN.com.
  2. ^ "Boxing Info: Virgil Hill Vs Henry Maske". saddoboxing.com.
  3. ^ a b Brichzi, Dirk. "Maske-Erfolg gegen Hill: Seelenfrieden für den Gentleman", Spiegel.de; accessed 1 April 2007. (in German)
  4. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Henry Maske Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  5. ^ Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Pretoria. German Sporting Icons; accessed 8 September 2011.
  6. ^ Kammerer, Roy. "After decade of retirement, Henry Maske is back", USAToday.com, 31 March 2007; accessed 1 January 2016.
  7. ^ Öchsner, Thomas; Uhlmann, Steffen (27 August 2010). "Reden wir über Geld: Henry Maske 'Es war klasse, die Rechnung zu schreiben'", Süddeutsche Zeitung; retrieved 22 December 2011.

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Awards
Preceded by
  Dieter Baumann
German Sportsman of the Year
1993
Succeeded by
  Markus Wasmeier
Achievements
Preceded by
  Charles Williams
IBF Light Heavyweight Champion
1993-03-20 – 1996-11-23
Succeeded by
  Virgil Hill