Advertisement
Advertisement

Alex Leapai Hopes Kevin Johnson Leads To Klitschkos

By Adrian Warren

Rising Australian heavyweight boxer Alex Leapai is eyeing a shot at one of the formidable Klitschko brothers and can make a statement against one of the few fighters to have gone the distance with one of the fearsome siblings.

After demolishing most of the decent local heavyweights who have dared to fight him, 32-year-old Queensland-based Leapai (25-3-3, 20 KOs) is taking a step up in class for his next fight.

He will be up against American and former world title contender Kevin Johnson (25-1-1, 11 KOs) at Doomben Racecourse on March 18, with at least one regional title on the line.

Johnson, 32, suffered his only professional loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in December 2009.

He was just the second man to go 12 rounds with Klitschko, with only two others subsequently doing it, after England's Dereck Chisora joined that list last weekend.

Vitali, 40, (44-2, 40 KOs) holds the WBC belt while younger sibling Wladimir, 35, (56-3, 49 KOs) owns WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts.

Leapai, who would give away at least 15cms in height to both Klitschkos, is on a 17-fight winning streak stretching back three-and-a-half years.

His promoter Noel Thornberry believes Leapai would garner international attention if he could trump Vitali Klitschko by knocking out Johnson.

"If Alex can do what Klitschko couldn't do, I think I'll be able to sell that to the European public," Thornberry told AAP.

Provided Leapai beat Johnson, Thornberry thought his charge would require plenty of sparring and a couple more fights before tackling one of the Ukrainian-born Klitschkos.

He was adamant it was realistic for Leapai to aspire to fighting and beating one of the giant siblings.

"I really do believe Alex has got the power - he's super tough, he's got his own awkward defence, his own awkward offence," Thornberry said.

"I believe he's a chance against the Klitschko brothers, especially Wladimir."

He revealed Leapai's fans included American and former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster, the last man to beat Wladimir Klitschko almost eight years ago.

Thornberry said Brewster had posted complimentary remarks about Leapai on Facebook.

Johnson, whose list of victims includes former WBA heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, arrives in Australia just under two weeks before the fight.

"He (Johnson) is tricky. He's got a good jab - he's got good movement," Thornberry said of Johnson.

Tags: Kevin Johnson image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Elotero on 02-24-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;11816677]Rising Australian heavyweight boxer Alex Leapai is eyeing a shot at one of the formidable Klitschko brothers and can make a statement against one of the few fighters to have gone the distance with one of the fearsome siblings. [[URL=http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=49931]Click…

Comment by Superflo777 on 02-24-2012

Johnson wins this one imo, but it's a pity they didn't sing the fight with Seth Mitchell after Kingpin confronted him. Understandable though, a fight against Mitchell would be too risky.

Comment by Hayehammer on 02-24-2012

Cant see leapai doing good agianst johnson unless he lands a big punch on him that knocks him over! Johnson is the far superior boxer

Comment by joe strong on 02-24-2012

kingpin 12UD 120-108

Comment by joe strong on 02-24-2012

[QUOTE=tripper;11817034]If kevin johnson is american , how is he fighting for the australasian Heavyweight title??[/QUOTE]it will be for the IBF australian title. kingpin will win this belt then vacate it. monte barrett owns 2 WBO asian pacific regional titles so…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Video: Shane Mosley vs. David Avanesyan Official Weighin Photos: Rances Barthelemy Putting in Work For Mickey Bey Defense Chavez Jr. Says Training Pact With Freddie Roach is Stronger Now Donnie Nietes Very Happy With Casimero's World Title Victory Photos/Weights: Miguel Vazquez vs. Erick Bone, More Avanesyan's Coach: Mosley Has Declined, We'll Take Advantage Hearn: I Told Loeffler, Eubank Will Sign For Golovkin Right Now Teddy Atlas: McGregor Needs 5 Years of Training For Mayweather Povetkin's Promoter: WBC's Investigation Will Take a Few Months Casimero: I Can Drop Chocolatito Just Like I Dropped Ruenroeng! Video: Shane Mosley vs. Cruiserweight Dimar Ortuz - Sparring Eddie Hearn Believes Ricky Burns is Still The Same Fighter Whyte Says Chisora Punked Out, Backed Down From Challenge WBC Prez Applauds Pacquiao For Turning Back on Olympic Offer Haye vs. Gjergjaj Peaked at 2.5 Million Viewers For Channel Dave Hearn: Everton Event Will Be Great For Community WBO Purse Bid Ordered for Glowacki vs. Usyk Jarrell Miller Rips Joshua, Fury, Luis Ortiz, Parker, Andy Ruiz Too Joel Diaz: Bradley Had No Game Plan, Looked Lost and Confused Eubank Jr: Golovkin is Slow, Easy To Hit - His Power Can't Beat Me! Makabu Confident: Tony Bellew Has NOTHING Special For Me Frank Warren Slams David Haye's Recent Win, Briggs Fight Micki Nielsen Vows To Win Entire 'Super 4' Tournament Fury's Coach: Parker is a Very Serious Test For Anthony Joshua Steven Lewis Aims To Make Statement on Echo Arena Card Radmir Akhmediyev, Pablo Cruz Get Big Wins in Houston Povetkin Not Backing Down: We'll Do Everything To Get Wilder! Anthony Ogogo - Sauerland, De La Hoya Expect Big Things Tyrone Nurse Says Willie Limond Will Never Make it To Ricky Burns Arum Praises Pacquiao For Rejecting Offer To Fight in Olympics Roach Backs Canelo: Golovkin The Best, But Brings NO Money! Donnie Nietes, Raul Garcia Make Weight - Melindo is Way Over Photos: Shane Mosley, David Avanesyan Putting in Work For Battle Demetrius Andrade Focused: My Time's Gonna Come Photos/Weights: Jarrell Miller vs. Nick Guivas, Dela Torre, More Roach Feels Chavez Jr. - If in Shape - Could Test Gennady Golovkin Errol Spence: Vargas Will Need KO or Beat Brook's Ass To Win in UK Daniel Jacobs-Sergio Mora Rematch on The Horizon? Lucian Bute Reacts To Failed Drug Test, Will Open His B-Sample Bob Arum Offers To Stage Trump vs. Sanders Debate on PPV
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement