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Wladimir Klitschko to fight May 4

Updated: March 5, 2013, 11:45 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will make his 14th title defense against Francesco Pianeta, a man he sparred with last year in preparation for another fight.

They will meet May 4 at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. K2 Promotions, Klitschko's company, announced the news Tuesday. The fight will be televised in the United States on Epix.

"I have a lot of respect for Francesco Pianeta. He is young, a southpaw and has an immense fighting spirit," Klitschko said. "He will ...

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