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Alex Leapai Fully Fit as Klitschko Showdown Draws Near

You'd never mistake heavyweight title contender Alex Leapai for a boxing butterfly, but he's learnt the value of how to float in the leadup to his challenge to Wladimir Klitschko.

Hard-punching Leapai has always had the power to fulfil half of the legendary Muhammad Ali's line of stinging like a bee, but floating has become a vital part of his preparations.

Queenslander Leapai heads to Germany on Saturday for his fight against quadruple world champion Klitschko in Oberhausen the following weekend.

His trainer-manager Noel Thornberry declared himself very happy with the 34-year-old fighter's Australian-based preparations after he finished his sparring this week.

Leapai notched 130 rounds, more than he's ever logged before in his long association with Thornberry.

More importantly, Leapai hasn't had any problems with the calf injury that hampered him before during and after his win over previously unbeaten Russian Denis Boytsov, that earned him the No.1 WBO ranking and a shot at the formidable Ukranian.

"We've just substituted exercises to make sure he didn't have any calf problems in the lead-up to the fight, so I'm much happier than I was for the Boytsov fight," Thornberry told AAP.

"We've taken roadwork out and instead we're getting him doing water running.

"We put a float on him and he has to sprint in the water. His feet don't touch the ground, he's basically floating.

"He's got all the resistance in the world and no impact."

Leapai has also encountered some quality resistance in the ring, trading blows with 202cm Rumanian Razvan Cojanu, Bowie Tupou, Solomon Haumono and Kali and Wills Meehan during his heavy sparring load.

"The last few weeks we've concentrated on the taller guys namely Kali, Willis and Razvan (who) is a giant of a man," Thornberry said.

"Alex has really got his distance good and I'm very very happy with him."

He said Leapai was excited and showing no signs of nerves as he prepared to head overseas for the biggest fight of his life.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by paulf on 04-18-2014

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;14441702]Running in water instead of doing real road work? That doesn't sound promising.[/QUOTE] Wladimir traded in road work for swimming years ago. Less wear on the knees and ankles. Leapai could train on the ****ing moon however, it makes no…

Comment by Ravens Fan on 04-18-2014

Woohoo, the fight is going to be shown live on ESPN!

Comment by Box-Office on 04-18-2014

Wlad stop him in or inside 5.

Comment by joe strong on 04-18-2014

kali Meehan's son or brother? wills Meehan? i'll have to investigate...on that note I don't see him lasting past the 3rd or 4th round... he couldn't take kevin Johnson's chicken legged taps so how is he suppose to take wladimir…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 04-18-2014

Running in water instead of doing real road work? That doesn't sound promising.

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