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Klitschko Beats Down Overmatched Leapai in Five

By Alexey Sukachev

Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - IBO/WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52KOs) battered overmatched WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24KOs) for a fifth round knockout victory. At the start, Klitschko scored with the right hand often and came off with a flash knockdown in the first. Leapai was a sitting duck, getting hit with a high volume of jabs and hard rights. In the fifth, Klitschko continued to do damage and scored two huge knockdowns and referee Eddie Cotton waved things off as Leapai's senses were gone.

WBO #1 Leapai was awarded this title shot thanks to his upset win over completely faded long-time contender Denis Boytsov, who was found to be a spent bullet at the age of 27, seven years younger than the Australia-based Samoan. Leapai's true level, however, was shown explicitly by wandering American gatekeeper Kevin Johnson, who stopped him in nine rounds two years ago. Leapai was 5-0, 4 KOs, after that but against very limited opposition - except of Boytsov.

Leapai's true level was well on display right from the opening bell. Being much shorter than the Ukrainian, Leapai ducked even lower, trying to emulate both David Tua and Mike Tyson but looked hardly any better than the version of Tyson, who fought Lennox Lewis, and David Tua, who has been outboxed by Alexander Ustinov just recently.

Leapai almost immediately was down without a punch. Klitschko effectively kept him at bay with his jab, and wisely clinched on every occasion Leapai was able to get any closer. The Samoan was soon down again - barely after a punch but more due to his unbalanced stance. However, referee Eddie Cotton questionably called it a knockdown.

The beatdown continued into the second round, which saw Leapai drastically decreasing his offensive efforts. Meanwhile, Klitschko was playing a perfect game, effectively destroying Alex with his jabs and subsequent right hands. Leapai was eating a colossal assortment of jabs and power punches for the next three rounds. In round three, he threw just three power punches in return, and in the fourth he failed to do even that. Both rounds could have been easily scored as 10-8 rounds.

Finally, in the midst of the fifth, Leapai opened up and fired a Hail Mary left bomb, which missed, as he was immediately rocked by the champion. Two combos after, he was already getting up from the canvas. Another combo, and Leapai was dragged to the ropes - this time for the full count. Official time of stoppage was 2:05.

Klitschko, 38, retained his IBF and IBO belt for the 16th time, his WBO regalia - for the 12th tiime, and his Super WBA status - for the 6th time. He is yet to be matched up with an opponent, capable enough to give him any fits.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by beez721 on 04-28-2014

[QUOTE=valero;14472983]Why do boxers always chase Wlad around the ring? Notice how Sanders liked to step back and let Wlad come to him, and look what happened.[/QUOTE] but wlad doesnt rush in carelessly anymore. he fell for sanders traps and hes…

Comment by beez721 on 04-28-2014

[QUOTE=micky1971;14472399]yes ofcourse he did, it only takes one decent shot to set the trigger against this ukrainian bum, look what (mhrip)corrie sanders did...long range shots..arms right out on extensions before the girl can push or hug and he loses EVERTIME.…

Comment by beez721 on 04-28-2014

[QUOTE=Cupo303;14471107][SIZE="3"]This is the worst post of the thread. Your signature quote seems to describe you perfectly. Wlad has different attributes than Mike Tyson and a different frame. Blasting people out isn't part of his game just like it isn't part…

Comment by VG_Addict on 04-28-2014

What chance does Stiverne have if he beats Arreola?

Comment by beez721 on 04-28-2014

[QUOTE=TLC8;14470968]Why not? Bhop has forgotten more about Boxing than most try to grasp in a career. He fears nobody and don't think for a second he could not come up with a strategy to beat either Klitschko.[/QUOTE] rofl. dude,,,please tell…

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