By Kevin Chittenden: Undefeated German based heavyweight contender Francesco Pianeta (27-1-1, 14 KO’s) defeated soon to be 44-year-old South African Frans Botha (48-8-3, 29 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night in a fight that almost more like a sparring match than an actual fight at the RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The 6’5″, light hitting Pianeta swept the judges’ score cards winning by the scores of 100-96, 99-92 and 97-93.
Botha was dominated in the fight but still was able to land the harder shots and the cleaner landing punches. Pianeta just does not have any power to speak and the best he could do was land weak left-right combinations that did little to slow down Botha’s forward moving progress. Botha fought well in the 4th and 10th rounds, out-working Pianeta.
Botha did a lot of jabbing and would often fight with his back against the ropes to catch breathers. It was an ugly fight to watch. Continue reading
By James Slater – According to Boxrec.com, veteran heavyweight name Frans Botha will face huge Italian southpaw Francesco Pianeta on Sept. 7th in Germany. The match-up was originally set for this past May, but 43-year-old Botha suffered an injury and had to pull out (leaving fellow veteran and former WBC heavyweight champ Oliver McCall to step in at short notice and lose a wide decision). Continue reading