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 Last update:  2/4/2014       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
Alex Leapai Vows: Klitschko Ain't Lasting The Distance!
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Queensland underdog Alex Leapai has likened himself to Mike Tyson and boldly declared Wladimir Klitschko's long reign at the top of world heavyweight boxing is about to end.

Leapai, the Samoan-born Logan delivery truck driver and ex-con, is preparing for the biggest pay day of his largely-unheralded career after securing a unified world title bout on April 26 in Germany.

The 34-year-old signed the contract in Brisbane on Tuesday morning after two months of negotiations were finalized overnight.

Leapai set up the showdown with Klitschko when he stunned the boxing world by defeating Russian Denis Boytsov in November to become the top WBO contender.

He has been written off in Europe and by bookmakers around the globe but Leapai and his Gatton-based trainer Noel Thornberry said the Ukrainian great's 61-3 (51 KOs) record - seeing him dominate the division for a decade - counted for naught.

Leapai claimed Klitschko had bolstered his record with a string of soft opponents in recent years.

"I don't believe this guy has faced anybody with the power that I've got," said Leapai, who has a 30-4-3 (24 KOs) record.

"It ain't going the distance. I promise you one of us is going to be knocked out, but it isn't going to be me."

Klitschko - defending the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts against Leapai - holds a 15cm height advantage but the Queensland isn't daunted ahead of one of the biggest fights in Australian boxing history.

"Tyson was only a short fighter and he dominated for so many years. He had the power and I've got the power too," said Leapai, who turned his life around after being jailed for assault.

"It would be a dream come true. It's all about reaching that, and proving to the kids out there that anything is possible."

Thornberry said Leapai would continue his preparations in Queensland and only travel to Germany a week before the bout in Oberhausen.

Tags: Wladimir Klitschko , Alex Leapai , Klitschko-Leapai , Klitschko vs. Leapai


 

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comment by Di Stefano, on 02-04-2014
[QUOTE=Cupo303]This is a false consensus. Wlad has largely cleaned out the division and even had to resort to recycling former victims to KO them all over again while the Pulev's, Fury's, Wilder's were still toddler's priming themselves for a Championship fight. It's only recently that all these ...

comment by Cupo303, on 02-04-2014
[QUOTE=billeau2]Tune up? typical klits opponent....ATG my azz, these guys should be shamed into fighting a decent competitor, this is ridiculous...Actually it is typical of the Klitschkp reigne, take the path of least resistance at all times[/QUOTE] This is a false consensus. Wlad has lar...

comment by Jack Napier, on 02-04-2014
everybody has said that in every Wlad fight the guy is too big and defensively sound for his chin to be found the long jab and brutal right hand help a lot with that too don't know anything about this guy Leapai expecting him to get beat and most likely KO'd

comment by Cupo303, on 02-04-2014
[QUOTE=Mick Higgs]How did Leapai get this shot? He's not even the best in the Commonwealth, even Aussie Lucas Browne's better then him![/QUOTE] Did Lucar Browne upset undefeated Boytsev? No? Ok then (in Roger Mayweather accent)

comment by billeau2, on 02-04-2014
[QUOTE=Di Stefano]This is just a tune up fight for Wlad to start of 2014, it's just a coincidence it happens to be a (undeserving) mandatory challenger. After this he will probably fight Pulev or the new WBC champion. [/QUOTE] Tune up? typical klits opponent....ATG my azz, these guys sho...

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