By Mikko Salo: The outcome was never in doubt in The Ring Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko`s tune-up defence of his crown against Italian Francesco Pianeta. Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO) scored the 60th victory of his all-time-great career with the pattern we have become used to during the years of his remarkable heavyweight reign: Total domination with the left jab and right cross.
Pianeta (28-1-1, 15 KO) who is not rated in the top 10 by The Ring or Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, tried to force the action only to be met with Wlad`s probing jab and lethal right. Like many of Klitschko`s opponents, he was not able to land anything meaningful on the champ, who has to be considered as one of the most prolific defensive fighters in heavyweight history.
Pianeta tried to fight aggressively, but his wild advances yielded only lether in his face and he started to wear down after a just a couple of rounds. Already in the 2nd round the Champion was able to score at will with the right hand, occasionally even without using the jab first. In the fourth round Pianeta tasted canvas for the first time when a right following a jab dropped him.
In the fifth Klitschko dropped the challenger again, but the game Italian kept coming. At this point it was becoming obvious that the end of the bout was nearing. The final knockdown came in the sixth rounfd when a right-left-right combination dropped Pianeta face first on the canvas. He beat the count but the bout was correctly waived off by the referee.
The Pianeta fight served as a warm-up for Wladimir while we wait for the heavyweight superfight of 2013 between him and The Ring #2 and TBRB #4 heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KO). Povetkin is slated to face Polish Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13 KO) for a tune-up of his own on 17th May. The Russian is clearly the most accomplished challenger for the Klitschko throne at the moment. The Klitschko vs Povetkin fight has already created one of the largest purse bids ever when Povetkin`s manager put down 23 million US Dollars for the fight. The fight between the two former Olympic Champions is targeted for September in Moscow in the 70 000-seat Olympiyskiy Stadium.