Klitschko vs. Pianeta: Dr. Steelhammer Proves He Is Still Top Heavyweight Boxer

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIMay 4, 2013

Nov 10, 2012; Hamburg, GERMANY; Wladimir Klitschko during his fight against Mariusz Wach at O2 World Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports
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There are few men who are as dominant in the world of boxing as Wladimir Klitschko, and he proved that even further in a big win over Francesco Pianeta.

Dr. Steelhammer was able to win via a sixth-round TKO.  He seemed to have complete control over the fight throughout, and he was able to win with ease.

According to a tweet by CompuBox, Wladimir landed significantly more punches than Pianeta.

The win for Klitschko was over Pianeta, who entered the fight with a great record of 28-0-1.  Wladimir now has 60 wins in his career, with 52 by knockout.  With so many wins, it’s pretty clear to see that he is the top heavyweight fighter right now.

In fact, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Wladimir lose.  The last time he lost was against Lamon Brewster in April of 2004 by technical knockout.  Since then, he’s won 18 straight fights.

The titles speak for themselves.  At the moment, Dr. Steelhammer has retained WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring Heavyweight Championships.

It’s hard to believe that a guy who is 37 years old is still this dominant, but Wladimir doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

In fact, the competition just doesn’t seem to be up to the same level as Klitschko.  He has continued to dominate fight after fight, and there have been that many interesting bouts when he goes up against anyone trying to take his titles away from him.

The real question will be how much longer Wladimir can continue this level of dominance.  He can't continue to dominate guys forever, but at this point it isn’t a stretch to think he can be the best heavyweight fighter after he turns 40 years old.

It appears that Klitschko’s next fight will be going against Alexander Povetkin in August.  The two were scheduled to fight in 2010, but Povetkin backed out and Samuel Peter took his place.

Since the two have never fought against each other, it will be interesting to see how Povetkin matches up against Wladimir.  He is 25-0 in his career with 17 knockouts and currently holds the WBA regular heavyweight title.

It will certainly be interesting, but Dr. Steelhammer is just too dominant right now.  Look for Povetkin to put up some fight, but in the end to fall.

There’s a reason Klitschko has so many titles right now: He’s simply the best.  It’s not a question of whether he’s the best right now, but how long he can keep being the best.