Chagaev Crushes Pianeta

By Robert Ecksel on July 11, 2015
Chagaev Crushes Pianeta
“My heart is broken,” said Pianeta. “I wasn't careful. Congratulations to Chagaev.” (Twitter)

Pianeta landed a nice combination, an uppercut, and a left. Chagaev responded by bringing out the big guns…

Saturday night at GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, in a battle of southpaws, Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KOs), from Hamburg, Germany, by way of Andijan, Uzbekistan, successfully defended his WBA World heavyweight title by stopping Francesco Pianeta (31-2-1, 17 KOs), from Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, by way of Corigliano Calabro, Calabria, Italy, at 2:57 of round one.

Fighting out of the red corner in black trunks, Chagaev was all business. Giving up six inches in height was of no concern to the champ. The challenger, sticking out his right jab and moving around the ring, kept his distance from “White Tyson,” who was looking to get inside.

The two men traded jabs. Pianeta landed a straight left. The Uzbek countered with a big overhand left, followed by another left as he was going down, and Pianeta dropped to the mat at 1:35. He was hurt. On his hands and knees with his head resting on the canvas, it looked like the fight was over just as it had begun. But Pianeta, whose heart is beyond reproach, was up at the count of six and resumed fighting back.

All fighters are fearless, but some fighters are more fearless than others. Pianeta ate a few punches but was undeterred. He landed a nice combination, an uppercut, and a left. Chagaev responded by bringing out the big guns. He drove Pianeta into the corner where another big left exploded on the challenger’s chin and he went down a second time. Pianeta beat the count, again, and using the ropes pulled himself to his feet, but he was in no shape to continue.

It was a resounding win for the champion, a heartbreaking loss for the challenger

“My heart is broken,” said Pianeta after the fight. “I wasn’t careful. Congratulations to Chagaev.”

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  1. KB 05:52pm, 07/13/2015

    Mean looking guy

  2. peter 04:23pm, 07/12/2015

    Chagaev is a Neanderthal man. The modern day Ally Oop.

  3. KB 08:49am, 07/12/2015

    Restore Chagaev to the growing list of solid heavyweights.

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