Boxing: Mayweather and Klitschko retain world crowns

Floyd Mayweather Jr, left, lands a punch against Robert Guerrero as he went on to retain his WBC welterweight title  in Las Vegas. Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer.

Floyd Mayweather Jr, left, lands a punch against Robert Guerrero as he went on to retain his WBC welterweight title in Las Vegas. Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer.

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Boxing legends Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko were both celebrating today after retaining their world titles.

Mayweather, returning after a year’s absence, beat welterweight Robert Guerrero on points, in Las Vegas.

Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko, left, beat Italy's  Francesco Pianeta to retain his WBA and IBF heavyweight boxing titles with a sixth-round knockout in  Germany. Photo: Daniel Maurer/AP.

Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko, left, beat Italy's Francesco Pianeta to retain his WBA and IBF heavyweight boxing titles with a sixth-round knockout in Germany. Photo: Daniel Maurer/AP.

Heavyweight Klitschko stopped Italian challenger Francesco Pianeta in six rounds, in Germany

Retaining his WBC welterweight title and improve his career record to 44-0. Mayweather won a unanimous decision 117-111 after taking control of the fight early and punishing Guerrero in the later rounds.

Guerrero at least started strong as he landed a series of blows with his left, pushing the 36-year-old Mayweather back on to the ropes in the second round.

But by the third round Mayweather had taken control as he started to land some more damaging blows.

The reigning champion was setting the tempo while Guerrero battled hard with little reward.

By the eighth, Guerrero was showing clear damage about the eye and it soon opened into a cut.

That prompted another burst of energy from the 30-year-old as he tried to find a way back into the fight, but Mayweather had an answer for everything.

It was Guerrero’s second defeat as a professional, dropping his record to 31-2.

Klitschko, celebrating his 60th professional win and 18th in succession. had selected the previously-unbeaten Pianeta as his optional title defence.

But he must now fight WBA champion Alexander Povetkin this August in Russia - where the purse will be a reported £14.77 million, with him getting over £11 million.

Cancer-survivor Pianeta was a previous sparring partner for Klitschko and this was little more. He was under constant barrage from trademark jabs and straights.

Klitschko, in trade-mark fdashion, only went for the kill when he was absolutely certain he could avoid the counter.

Pianeta was knocked down in the fourth and fifth rounds. He was not fit to continue in the sixth and referee Ernest Sharif called a halt.