Originally posted on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 3/5/13
Wladimir Klitschko defends titles against Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim, Germany World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Francesco Pianeta at the SAP arena Mannheim, Germany on May 4. Francesco Pianeta is 28 years old, undefeated and 6'3". Southpaw Pianeta was WBC Junior World Champion and EBU Champion. In his eight-year-career he beat former WBC Heavyweight Champion Oliver McCall and four-time world title challenger Francois Botha. However, his most difficult fight Pianeta had outside the ring: When cancer was diagnosed in 2009 he was forced to stop his sports. After overcoming the illness he had a tremendous comeback in the ring in 2010. Pianeta is ranked # 9 in the WBO and # 12 in the WBA and IBO. He has a fight record of 28-0 wins with 15 KOs and one draw. He was born in Cosenza, Italy and moved with his parents to Gelsenkirchen, Germany at the age of 6. Francesco Pianeta: "I was in Wladimir’s camp as a sparring partner last year. I saw his weaknesses
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