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Pianeta readies for Klitschko fight

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BERLIN (AP)

Under Wladimir Klitschko's disparaging gaze, Francesco Pianeta did not give much away during an open workout before he challenges the Ukrainian for his WBA and IBF heavyweight belts on Saturday.

The undefeated Italian, who overcame testicular cancer, merely went through the motions in the last public appearance before their bout in Mannheim.

Pianeta, who has lived in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, since he was 6, has won 28 and drawn one of his bouts to date, with 15 knockouts.

The 28-year-old was briefly Klitschko's sparring partner last year and knows the formidable challenge of dethroning the 37-year-old Klitschko, whose record is 59-3 with 51 KOs.

One thing Pianeta can be sure of - the biggest payoff of his career to date.

Pianeta says, ''It's certainly more than usual. I'm satisfied.''

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