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Klitschko vs. Pianeta

Wladimir Klitschko stops Pianeta in 6th round

IBO/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) toyed with his former sparring partner Francesco Pianeta (28-1-1, 15 KOs) in knocking him down three times in stopping him in the 6th round on Saturday night at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. The end of the fight came from a left-right-left combination from Wladimir that sent the 6’5″ Pianeta down on the canvas on all fours. Although Pianeta got back to his feet, the referee chose to halt the fight anyway due to Pianeta staggering after getting back up.

Wladimir knocked Pianeta down in the 5th with a left hook to the head. In the 4th, Wladimir knocked Pianeta down with a jab followed by a straight right to the head.

The fight resembled a sparring session rather than an actual fight due to Wladimir fighting in a relaxed way, hitting the slow moving Pianeta at will with jabs and right hands to the head. Pianeta had the size, but not the reach to land his shots. When he would attempt to come forward to land his punches, Wladimir would immediately back away leaving Pianeta throwing shots in the air. Continue reading

EPIX Alert! Klitschko 249 lbs / Pianeta 240 lbs

wlad#2(Photo credit: K-MG) In previewing this Saturday’s big fight in Las Vegas, please mention World Heavyweight Champion WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO (59-3, 51 KOs), of Ukraine, in his 2013 debut, will be making title defense No. 14 in his current seven-year reign as heavyweight kingpin, against undefeated Top-10 contender and cancer survivor Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KOs), of Italy. “Dr. Steelhammer” will also be going for his landmark 60th professional victory.

The fight will take place this Saturday and will be televised live from SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany to the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT. It will also be streamed live on at the same time, and will include a free two-week trial for fans. Continue reading

Weigh-in: Klitschko vs. Pianeta / Undercard

wlad#1(Photo credit: K-MG) IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and “The Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and Italian contender Francesco Pianeta stepped on the scales today.

Wladimir Klitschko: 113 kilograms
Francesco Pianeta: 109 kilograms

A video and pictures of the Weigh-in are available on the Klitschko facebook and Google+ page.

In the co-feature of the event Mike Perez (Ireland, 18-0-0, 12 KOs) will be fighting in a 10 round bout against Travis Walker (USA, 39-9-1, 31 KOs). Continue reading

Klitschko vs. Pianeta: Wladimir faces his former sparring partner this Saturday, May 4th

wladimir65When you ask you will receive. In this case, IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO’s) asked the World Boxing Association for permission to fight his former sparring partner Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KO’s) and was given permission to take the fight instead of a fight with WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.

It’s unclear whether Wladimir is doing this as a favor to Pianeta or if he just what it was like to spar him and figured it would be a nice safe fight for him. Whatever the reason, Wladimir will be fighting Pianeta this Saturday night at the SAP-Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Continue reading

Klitschko-Pianeta referee and judges for Saturday’s fight in Germany

wladimir65SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, May 4, in the world title fights between Wladimir Klitschko and Francesco Pianeta to be held at the SAP-Arena in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany in a K2 Promotions presentation.

The WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs) will defend for the 10th time his WBO belt against the #7 ranked Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KOs). For this fight the referee will be Ernest Sharif from United States. Continue reading

Fight week presser Klitschko vs. Pianeta

PK Klitschko vs. Pianeta(Photo: Klitschko Management Group GmbH) Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 51 KOs) and Francesco Pianeta (28-0, 15 KOs) participated today in the fight week press conference at the SAP arena in Mannheim to talk about their fight on May 4. IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and “The Ring Magazine” Heavyweight Champion Klitschko and his undefeated Italian contender Pianeta will face off next Saturday at the SAP arena Mannheim, Germany.

Wladimir Klitschko: “I know that Francesco Pianeta will have a fight plan but there is the famous quote by Mike Tyson that says: ‘Everyone has a plan until he gets hit’. Pianeta will be super motivated and wants to use his big chance but I am very experienced and will show him his limits.” Continue reading

Watch the presser Klitschko vs. Pianeta via “Hangout On Air” on Google+

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO World Heavyweight and “The Ring” Champion Wladimir Klitschko and his contender Francesco Pianeta will start with a press conference in the fight week on April 29.

For the second time, the press conference can be seen via “Hangout On Air” on the Google+ page of the Klitschko Brothers. The press conference will start at 2 p.m. CET. To watch it just click on

Following the press conference is a fan hangout, for which fans were able to apply on the Google+ page of the Klitschko Brothers. The fan hangout can also be seen live via “Hangout On Air” on Google+. The fan hangout will start at around 3.30 p.m. CET.

Wladimir Klitschko training camp photos, interview

IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and the “Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko will face off with Francesco Pianeta on May 4 at the SAP Mannheim, Germany. The fight will be shown live and exclusively on RTL in Germany, EPIX will broadcast in the U.S.

Video: Wladimir Klitschko Interview- reporter Tony Mayger talks to heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko ahead of his voluntary defence against former sparring partner Francesco Pianeta. Continue reading

Wladimir Klitschko Quotes – Klitschko vs Pianeta

photo 1IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and the “Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir held a media day in his training in Austria yesterday and spoke about his upcoming title defense against unbeaten Francesco Pianeta.

“Francesco has already won the toughest fight of his life: He beat cancer. I will definitely not underestimate him.

“I will do everything to defend the titles that I have collected in the years.

“Although I just turned 37, I feel better than at the age of 27.

Klitschko will face off with Pianeta on May 4 at the SAP Mannheim, Germany. The fight will be shown live and exclusively on RTL in Germany, EPIX will broadcast in the U.S. Continue reading