RING heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko made the 14th defense of his second title reign with a sixth-round stoppage of game but overmatched Francesco Pianeta on Saturday at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany.
Klitschko (60-3, 51 knockouts), scored knockdowns in rounds four, five and six, before referee Ernie Sharif waved the bout off in the final seconds of the sixth. It was not a competitive bout.
Klitschko used his left arm as a measuring stick for hard right hands and short hooks that consistently landed on the Italy-born southpaw challenger, who was easily tied up whenever he got close to the better talented and experienced champion. A straight right produced the first knockdown, a hook caused the second knockdown, and a cross-hook combination put Pianeta (28-1-1, 15 KOs) down for good.
“He was trying, he was swinging a lot; it was not as easy as it looked,” said Klitschko, who now looks forward to a mandatory fight with undefeated Russian Olympian champ Alexander Povetkin sometime in late summer or early fall. “(Pianeta) tried like no one else. Even though he didn’t have enough experience, he tried and I respect him.”
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