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As he's done each time out since 2006, Klitschko showed up, won easily and remained heavyweight champion.
The Ukrainian behemoth arrived as champion and left the same way, polishing off previously unbeaten—and conspicuously untested—Italian export Francesco Pianeta with eight seconds remaining in the sixth round of a barely competitive bout.
That said, by scoring three knockdowns of a younger man considered at least on the fringe of contention by the major sanctioning bodies, Klitschko showed that he still belongs at the top of any legitimate opinion-based heap of heavyweights.
And, with the 14th successful risk of the IBF and IBO titles he won from Chris Byrd in 2006, he takes one six-foot, six-inch step closer to the numerical defense watermarks established by Joe Louis (26) and Larry Holmes (20)—a fair accomplishment for any fighter, regardless of opponent.