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2-time world title challenger, Francesco Pianeta (34-2-1) puts his IBO International belt on the line tomorrow when he faces experienced American, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (31-8-1) at the Infinity Hotel in Unterschleissheim, Germany.
Pianeta tipped the scales at 113.5kg (250lb), Johnson a shade lighter at 112kg (247lb).
The winner could stake a claim to challenge for the world title, held by unified champion, Anthony Joshua and Johnson believes he is “ready to take that thing back to America.”
Asked if he fancies a rematch with Anthony Joshua, the only opponent to stop Johnson in a 40-fight professional career, Johnson told Fightnews “Of course. I am that guy and I will be facing Joshua again.”
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For the vacant IBO International super middleweight title, unbeaten Armenia Vartan Avetisyan (14-0-1) faces lanky Argentinian Alejandro Gustavo Falliga (30-11-5).
Local prospect Howik Bebraham (10-0) will defend his IBO International lightweight strap against Bolivian Franklin Mamani (22-3-1).
Making his debut is bantamweight sensation Edgar Walth, a 4-time German amateur champion who signed professional forms with Petko’s Box Promotion in August this year.