Found May 03, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Wladimir_klitschko_v_b540
Under Wladimir Klitschko's disparaging gaze, Francesco Pianeta did not give much away during an open workout before he challenges the Ukrainian for his WBA and IBF heavyweight belts on Saturday. The undefeated Italian, who overcame testicular cancer, merely went through the motions in the last public appearance before their bout in Mannheim. The 28-year-old Pianeta, who has lived in Gelsenkirchen since he was 6, was briefly Klitschko's sparring partner last year and knows the formidable challenge of dethroning the 37-year-old Klitschko, who was also based in Germany. ''I know him from inside the ring. Together with my coach Dirk Dzemski we have a tactic to draw Wladimir out of his comfort zone. Then he's vulnerable,'' Pianeta said. Klitschko (59-3, 51KO) referred to Mike Tyson's famous quote, ''Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face,'' adding: ''Pianeta will be super motivated and wants to use his big chance but I am very experienced and will show him his limits.'' One thing Pianeta (28-0-1, 15KO) can be sure of - the biggest payoff of his career to date. ''It's certainly more than usual. I'm satisfied,'' Pianeta said. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009 and vowed to use the money for charitable causes. ''I want to give something back. And then I want to donate for the church and a mosque. As a Christian I grew up with many Muslims,'' he said. The Italian said he could see Klitschko's ''weaknesses'' from their sparring days ''and will use them for me. I know many experts see me as the underdog but I like this role and will shock the boxing world.'' Klitschko, whose older brother Vitali holds the WBC belt, hasn't fought since November, when he was taken the distance by Poland's Mariusz Wach. It was his first bout since the death of longtime trainer and friend Emanuel Steward. He previously enjoyed comfortable wins over American Tony Thompson, Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck and Britain's David Haye. But the Ukrainian expects a stiffer challenge from Pianeta in his 23rd world championship fight. ''I have a lot of respect for Francesco Pianeta. He is young, a southpaw and has an immense fighting spirit. He will do anything to reach his goal,'' Klitschko said. If, as expected, Klitschko adds Pianeta to his lengthy list of wins, attention will turn to a likely bout with Alexander Povetkin of Russia, the ''regular'' WBA champion after Klitschko was elevated to ''super champion'' by the WBA after his win over Haye. Povetkin became the mandatory challenger for Klitschko with his win over American challenger Hasim Rahman last September.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Klitschko vs. Pianeta results: Klitschko wins by TKO6 against overmatched opponent

The undisputed number 1 heavyweight in the world was back in action on Saturday, as Wladimir Klitschko looked to make yet another title defense, this time against unheralded challenger Francesco Pianeta in Manheim, Germany, in a fight televised in the U.S. on EPIX. Did Klitschko put on another dominant performance? Check out the Klitschko vs. Pianeta results below. Credit: K2 Promotions...

Pianeta readies for Klitschko fight

Under Wladimir Klitschko's disparaging gaze, Francesco Pianeta did not give much away during an open workout before he challenges the Ukrainian for his WBA and IBF heavyweight belts on Saturday. The undefeated Italian, who overcame testicular cancer, merely went through the motions in the last public appearance before their bout in Mannheim. Pianeta, who has lived in Gelsenkirchen...

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Franceso Pianeta weigh-in results & photos

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 51 KOs), of Ukraine,  in his 2013 debut, will be making title defense No. 14 in his current seven-year reign as heavyweight kingpin, against undefeated contender and cancer survivor Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KOs), of Italy.  "Dr. Steelhammer" will also be going for his landmark 60th professional victory. Right here, find...

Wladimir Klitschko-Francesco Pianeta workout photos & video

Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Francesco Pianeta held their public workouts earlier this week in preparation for their fight this Saturday. Right here, you'll find a collection of photos from the workouts of Klitschko and Pianeta. Take a look at the men and how they're looking as they wind down their preparations. We also have a video of the Klitschko workout session and...

Klitschko stops Pianeta in sixth

Wladimir Klitschko stopped Francesco Pianeta in the sixth round Saturday night to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. 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...

May Day: Wladimir Klitschko Punishes Francesco Pianeta

May the 4th be with you. A big night for boxing as boxing’s biggest star showcases his talents, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was not the only top boxing superstar performing tonight. Wladimir Klitschko (60-3-0) took care of business first as he battled undefeated fighter Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1) Lets not forget Wladimir Klitschko has been dominating the heavyweight [...]

As one of the greatest heavyweights in boxing history, the indomitable Wladimir Klitschko overwhelms the courageous Francesco Pianeta

Flooring the ballsy Italian challenger in the fourth and fifth, Wladimir Klitschko finished Francesco Pianeta with a sixth round TKO to successfully defend The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts Saturday afternoon at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. The 37-year-old Klitschko (60-3, 52 KOs) bruised and battered the 6-foot-5 Pianeta (28-1-1, 15 KOs) throughout the mismatch...

Tipping the scales today, Wladimir Klitschko will knockout Francesco Pianeta tomorrow

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...
Boxing News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.