There are two Pittsburgh heavyweights in the news as Fightnews.com reported that Brian Minto will travel overseas to Germany to take on former world title challenger Francesco Pianeta.
The fight will take place on October 26. This will be the third time Minto has fought in Germany. He has gone 1-2 by beating Axel Schulz (TKO-6), losing to Luan Krasniqi (UD-12), and losing a title bid to cruiserweight king Marco Huck (RTD-9).
This will be yet another chance for Butler native Minto (37-6 24 KO) to get back into the heavyweight discussion. Minto is coming off of a decision loss to heavyweight hopeful Artur Szpilka. The loss broke a two fight winning streak.
Minto is a good test for Pianeta (28-1-1 15 KO) who is coming off of a knockout loss to heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitscko. He was one of the weaker challenges that Klitschko has faced in his title reign.
If he beats Minto you could argue it as one of his top wins and if Minto defeats Pianeta he will be back in the heavyweight discussion.
Minto said “I’ve been in the gym sparring southpaws, but I’m sure all German judges mean I’ll have to lay him on his back to win,” via Twitter.
In other news Jason Bergman is off of the October 12th card in Greentree. There was no explanation given and Rod Salka was not pleased with the development and has this to say:
Jason bergman is no longer fighting oct 12. He and his manager both said that he would fight. However i have been unable to reach pat Pat Nelson for days and Jason Bergman told me last night that he was not fighting oct 12. He wants to pursue only fights in west virginia because the commission is weak and they will let him fight whoever he wants. Thus making it easier to build your record and go overseas and cash in. Me, ill stay in PA. Continue to fight real fighters and continue to promote real shows. O well, onto the 12th. Gonna b a great show. All real fighters that are coming to fight. Hope everyone can make it out!
Bergman didn't say much on the matter just saying:
Will not be fighting October 12 in green tree.. Will be fighting very soon will keep everybody posted.