Wladimir Klitschko had no trouble dismantling the previously unbeaten, Francesco Pianeta over six brutal rounds. Pianeta—who was totally out-classed—was knocked down three times in the fight. He showed a lot of grit, but from the beginning of the fight simply couldn’t hang with Dr. Steelhammer.
Klitschko used his superior boxing skills in every round and landed a great jab-cross combo with ease throughout the night. Klitschko knocked Pianeta down in Round’s 4, 5 and 6, before the referee—Ernie Sharif—called a halt to the bout at minute 2:52 in Round 6.
Klitschko retains his Ring lineal title, IBF, WBO, IBO and “super” WBA titles as well. The win sets up a potential fight with undefeated heavyweight and fellow Olympian, Alexander Povetkin.
After the fight, Klitschko spoke with Epix Sports’ Bruce Beck and said that Pianeta was very tough and landed with power. Perhaps that was Klitschko being nice and trying to give the young Italian some praise, because it didn’t look like that at all. Klitschko also said that he will continue to do what Emmanuel Steward told him to do, which is keep going and keep knocking people out.
It’s easy to dismiss this performance as just another hand-picked sparring session for Klitschko, but to be fair, the fact is that there aren’t many challengers out there that will do much better.
The 37-year old Klitschko will look to fight two more times this year, and said he hopes to return to the United States soon. He stated before the fight that he respects up-and-coming heavyweight Deontay Wilder, and that perhaps a fight between the two giants will happen in the future.
With the win over Pianeta, Wladimir earns the 52nd knockout of his impressive career, improving to 60-3 overall. Francesco Pianeta loses for the first time in his career, falling to 28-1-1.
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