Review: McCall vs. Pianeta


Posted by Salman Mitha

Posted in Boxing


May 17 – On Wednesday evening 47-year-old former world champion Oliver McCall (56-12-0) took on a man 20 years his junior at the Brandenburg Halle, Frankfurt, Germany.

After South African Francois “White Buffalo” Botha pulled out, McCall stepped into the ring against Francesco Pianeta (26-0-1), an Italian southpaw who was born in Calabria but now resides in Gelsenkirchen in Germany.

After 10 rounds, the judges predictably gave their verdict in Pianeta’s favour and he will now hope to take on a top 20 fighter and boost his world ranking in his quest for glory.

The result stretches Pianeta’s record to 26 unbeaten, the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record was a draw with Albert Sosnowski back in April 2009.  That record was given a stern test against McCall, who has been a professional boxer for as long as Pianeta has been alive!

Not only that, McCall has never so much has been dropped in his impressively long boxing career.  11 of his 12 losses have come by decision, the other a TKO to Lennox Lewis 15 years ago when the referee stopped the fight because it seemed McCall was having a breakdown and wasn’t defending himself.

In the first meeting with Lewis at Wembley in 1994, McCall shocked the boxing world by becoming the first man to knock out the legendary champion.

That win put him on the map and was quite possibly the pinnacle of his career.  He successfully defended the belt once against the great Larry Holmes before losing it to Britain’s Frank Bruno, only one year after winning it.

Sharing a ring with such a decorated fighter should be considered an honour for Pianeta but he put all sentiment aside for 10 rounds to overcome his formidable and highly experienced opponent.

The bout didn’t make too many headlines but it could be the last time McCall laces up the gloves and for Pianeta it has done him no harm in getting his name mixed in with the world’s top heavyweights.



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