Chagaev-Pianeta Title Clash Set, 7/11 In Magdeburg

By Per Ake Persson

Ruslan Chagaev will make the first defense of his WBA heavyweight title versus Francesco Pianeta in a battle of heavyweight southpaws, to take place July 11 at GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. 

A press conference is being planned by Ulf Steinforth's SES Promotions, slated to take place next Tuesday, May 12. 

Chagaev (33-2-1, 20KOs) returns for the first time since his vacant title win over Fres Oquendo last July. The sordid ordeal and its aftermath is still being sorted out in court, but Chagaev will move forward with his plans to return to the ring following an extended absence.

Pianeta (31-1-1, 17KOs) has won three straight since a failed bid to unseat Wladimir Klitschko in his previous heavyweight title challenge, two years ago almost to the day. The 6'5" is ranked #13 by the WBA. 
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BostonGuy on 05-09-2015

[QUOTE=Scott-Weiland;15666418]Belts and titles aside, this isn't actually a bad tach up. Chagaev will lose if he turns up like he did against Fres. Pianeta with a win can establish himself alongside the likes of Ustinov, Fury, Wach and Price, outside…

Comment by Kell Mercury on 05-09-2015

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;15665043]How can the WBA sanction this?! Disgraceful.[/QUOTE] Is it any worse than Povetkin versus Rahman ? I don't believe it is. It is a joke Chagaev has this belt, but their is a clamour in the WBC division as of…

Comment by Kell Mercury on 05-09-2015

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;15663177]This is the mediocrity of WBA. Two fighters, no one who follows hw boxing cares about, facing off for a faux title. F*ck the WBA[/QUOTE] Belts and titles aside, this isn't actually a bad tach up. Chagaev will lose if…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 05-08-2015

How can the WBA sanction this?! Disgraceful.

Comment by Arthur Daley on 05-08-2015

This is a pretty good fight actually. Especially considering Wilder is looking to face Molina.

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