• Chagaev defends WBA belt with first round KO


    BERLIN: World heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev successfully defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) belt on Saturday with a first-round knock-out as challenger Francesco Pianeta was put down twice in the brief bout. After undisputed heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was promoted to the WBA’s “Super” champion in 2011, Chagaev successfully defended the WBA heavyweight belt he won last year with a points win over US fighter Fres Oquendo. In a dramatic opening bout in Magdeburg, southpaw Chagaev left Germany’s Pianeta on all fours on the canvas with two rapid left hooks with less than 90 seconds gone..



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