At one point, a few years ago, Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21) was considered one of the best Heavyweights on the planet. Today he's a lowly regarded fighter in the much derided Heavyweight division. Despite the relatively low standing that Chagaev has he does hold the WBA title and, several years beyond his prime, he does still garner some attention courtesy of his title.
Late on Friday in Germany the Uzbek recorded the first defense of his title has he made incredibly light work of Franceso Pianeta (31-2-1, 17) who gave one of the most pitiful efforts in a Heavyweight world title bout.
The two men came out battling with their southpaw jabs early on though within 30 seconds or so it was clear that Pianeta was intimidated by the champion and was backed up by Chagaev, despite the fact the champion didn't throw a really meaningful punch. It didn't take for that to change and when Chagaev landed his first left hand of note the challenger went down, after less than a minute.
Pianeta looked in pain but got to his feet in an attempt to fight back against the Uzbek champion. That fight back however consisted of little it wasn't long until he was backed up again and hurt once more. Only seconds later a couple of left hooks, the second of which was a glancing blow, sent Pianeta down for the second time. This time he was unable to continue, with the bout being waved off as he got to his feet.
For Chagaev, the only Asian to ever become a Heavyweight world champion, this was an impressive result but one that really belies the fact that Pianeta was simply terrible. It told us nothing about what Chagaev has left and instead just made it clear that Pianeta should never get a shot at any world class fighter ever again. His punch resistance is simply non-existent.
World Title Results
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