Ruslan Chagaev and Francesco Pianeta looking sharp and ready for their heavyweight showdown

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev and challenger Francesco Pianeta are ready for their title fight this Saturday (July 11th) at GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Both fighters looked very sharp and focused at the public workout at Allee Center in Magdeburg doing some pad work with their trainers Dirk Dzemski (Pianeta) and Pedro Diaz and Artur Grigorian (Chagaev).

“I enjoy being in Magdeburg”, says Chagaev. “I have received a very warm welcome and feel great being here.” Added coach Artur Grigorian: “Coming to Magdeburg feels like coming home for me. I defended my WBO World Lightweight Championship here back in 2002. The fans here are great and very supportive.” Chagaev had to pose for tons of photos and gave lots of autographs after his short training session.
Challenger Francesco Pianeta looked very calm and relaxed and said that he is looking forward to the fight. “Obviously, this is a tremendous chance for me,” said Pianeta. “Training camp went very well. Dirk is satisfied and when my trainer is happy, I am happy, too!”

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One week before WBA world heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev steps into the ring to defend his title against Francesco Pianeta at GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany, the World Boxing Association (WBA) appointed the ring officials. Russell Mora from Las Vegas will be the third man in the ring, the judges are Philipp Verbeke (Belgium), Manuel Palomo (Spain) and Hector Guillot (Venezuela). BDB President Thomas Puetz will be the WBA Supervisor and is looking forward to the event.

“This will be a huge night for German boxing”, says Puetz. “World Heavyweight Championships are always special. It is an honor for me to be appointed as supervisor. Both Ruslan and Francesco are licensed with the BDB and I have known them for many years. They are excellent boxers and I expect an exciting and close fight. May the best man win!”

The undercard of the “Heavy Night” in Magdeburg features some of the best Germany heavyweight contenders including former European Chapion Alexander Dimitrenko as well as WBC Silver International Champion Edmund Gerber. Michael Wallisch will try to win the WBO European title and hot prospect Tom Schwarz is taking on veteran “Sandman” Konstantin Airich. The event will be promoted by Timur Dugazaev (Terek Box-Event / Akhmat Promotion) in association with Ulf Steinforth (SES Boxing).

Sat.1 will broadcast the WBA World Championship between Chagaev and Pianeta live in Germany, Austria and Switzerland starting at 10.45pm German time on July 11th. Tickets for the “Heavy Night” at GETEC Arena in Magdeburg are still available online ( or starting at 26 Euros.