Wladimir Klitschko confirms May defence of heavyweight titles against Francesco Pianeta
Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed he will defend his titles against Italian Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim on 4 May.
Last Updated: 05/03/13 10:31am
The younger Klitschko, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, returns to the ring in Mannheim on 4 May - almost six months after a unanimous points victory over Mariusz Wach.
His latest opponent is a 28-year-old and former sparring partner with 28 wins and one draw on a career record featuring no defeats but few big names.
A 47-year-old Oliver McCall was among Pianeta's most recent victims while England's Matt Skelton - hampered by a hand injury - was stopped in eight in 2009.
Pianeta will climb through the ropes as a rank outsider, but he said: "I was briefly Klitschko's sparring partner last year and I noted where his weaknesses are and how best to exploit them.
"I understand many see me as an outsider and that is fine but I will knock Klitschko out and turn the world of boxing on its head."
Klitschko said: "I have a lot of respect for Pianeta because he is young and has a big fighting spirit."