Wladimir Klitschko remains the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion after beating Francesco Pianeta to a pulp for six rounds at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany.
From the first bell there was no danger to the formidable Ukrainian giant as he practically did whatever he wanted to the Italian, and was never worried what may come back in return from the previously unbeaten challenger.
Klitschko, 37, hit straight right hands at will straight through Pianeta’s feeble guard and apart from a couple of rounds of head movement from the 28 year-old, ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ couldn’t miss.
It was gruelling to watch as the fight wore on as Pianeta went down in rounds four, five and six until eventually referee Ernie Sharif saw sense to end the outclassed southpaw’s misery and in the process inflicting his first loss from 30 outings.
The win was just another easy day at the office for Klitschko, who continues to compete in one-sided bouts as the calibre of his opponents stagnate. Boxing still craves that 50-50 heavyweight title fight that keeps eludeing the sport and hopefully he will be given a stern test before he retires.
Even with David Haye back in the mix, Klitschko will still remain a heavy favourite against most in the division as none seem to have the size advantage to stop the four-belt title holder from dominating the centre of the ring.
Pretenders to the throne include Bermane Stiverne, Tyson Fury and the winner of the Price v Thompson rematch, but whether any of those have the total package to inflict a first defeat in nine years on Klitschko is another matter as he pushes his record to 60-3 with 51 stoppages.