User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Klitschko stops Pianeta to defend belts

MANNHEIM, Germany (AP) - Wladimir Klitschko stopped Francesco Pianeta in the sixth round Saturday night to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.

Advertisement
The Ukrainian was never troubled by Pianeta, finishing off the previously unbeaten Italian southpaw with a right-left combination. Pianeta stayed down before attempting to continue, but there was no point in delaying the inevitable and referee Ernie Sharif ended the bout 2:52 into the round.

``Francesco tried. He has a fighting heart,'' Klitschko said. ``He's a positive example in boxing. I'm sure he's learned a lot and that he has a great future ahead of him.''

Klitschko rocked Pianeta inside the first 30 seconds, knocked him to the canvas with a straight right down the middle in the fourth, and again with a left blow in the fifth.

The 37-year-old Klitschko improved to 60-3 after his 52nd knockout, while Pianeta dropped to 28-1-1.

``I'm very disappointed and sad,'' said Pianeta, a cancer survivor who lives in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. ``I can't say anything. It wasn't my day. He's the world champion. It wasn't enough. That was rubbish today.''

The fighters worked together briefly last year and Klitschko tried to be kind to his former sparring partner.

``Francesco wasn't easy to box,'' Klitschko said. ``He punched with the hardest punches I've ever felt. Luckily, they didn't hit me.''

Vitali Klitschko, who holds the WBC belt, said he had no worries ahead of his younger brother's 23rd championship bout.

``My brother was very strong,'' Vitali Klitschko said. ``Francesco has a big heart. You have to pay him respect.''

Next up for the younger Klitschko is a likely bout with mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin of Russia, the ``regular'' WBA champion after Klitschko was elevated to ``super champion'' status.

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Saunders tops Akavov, keeps title
Trio to receive SI Ali Legacy Award
Lomachenko successfully defends WBO
Flanagan stops Cruz to keep belt
Taylor wins her professional debut
Pacquiao says fight must fit schedule
Hattonw investigating doping case
Heavyweight contender Stewart dies
Ward pulls off decision win over Kovalev
MORE HEADLINES
 
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership