The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Italian challenger Francesco Pianeta tipped the scales today for their match tomorrow night at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany.
The 6-foot-6 Klitschko (59-3, 51 KOs), who most recently fought in November with a brutal shutout decision victory over “The Viking” Mariusz Wach, weighed 249 pounds.
Comparatively, the 6-foot-5 Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KOs), who last vacated the squared circle on November 16 after embarrassing Argentinean Nelson Dario Dominguez in a first round TKO demolition, went 240 pounds.
As the banging companion of Hayden Panettiere, the 37-year-old Klitschko is an extremely talented and bruising heavyweight for the ages.
Often ending scraps with one thunderous blow to the kisser, the massive Ukrainian has emerged triumphant in 17 consecutive bouts since suffering a TKO at the hands of Lamon Brewster in April 2004.
Even more impressively, “Dr. Steelhammer” has now managed to safeguard his belts on 14 straight occasions and continues threatening Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 successful defenses.
Although a former Klitschko sparring partner, and regardless of the Italian’s glossy record, imposing size, unorthodox stance and immense heart, the 28-year-old Pianeta will be surgically lambasted by “Dr. Steelhammer.”
Expect the legendary Wladimir Klitschko to knock the serviceable Francesco Pianeta onto Queer Street within seven rounds this Cinco de Mayo weekend.by