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Leapai: I'll Break Klitschko, Won't Be My Toughest Fight

Alex Leapai is not a name destined to roll off the tongue of even the most hardcore members of the boxing family, but the Samoa-born 34-year-old will get his shot at the so-called richest prize in sport in Oberhausen, Germany on Saturday night, according to Irish Independent.

Leapai is the latest unlikely challenger to be summoned by Wladimir Klitschko to fight for his various increasingly devalued versions of the world heavyweight title and with it the chance to write that name up with the boxing greats.

Leapai brings with him a distinctly average record of 30 wins, four losses and three draws, but earned his shot on the basis of a relatively impressive points win over the 33-fight unbeaten Denis Boytsov in Germany in November.

He also brings with him the customary belief that he is the man to end Klitschko’s dominance of the division and herald a long-overdue new era by becoming the first man to beat the Ukrainian since April 2004.

He said, “People talk about how great Wladimir is and the 61 victories he has had in his career – but I on the other hand think of the fact that he has been comprehensively KO’d three times by people who cannot punch nearly as hard as me.

“I will break Wladimir and it will not be my hardest fight. He has been champion now for 10 years. He has been comfortable. But he is going to fight somebody who is hungry and determined to make history.”

Leapai’s comments will not give Klitschko sleepless nights, any more than the usual sighs of resignation over another evident heavyweight mismatch will deflect his belief that when he finally hangs up his gloves the sport will miss one of the most dominant champions of recent times.

It is Klitschko’s misfortune that he has reigned over such an anonymous division, and he can hardly be accused of ducking any issues having swatted the challenge and the unbeaten record of spurious fellow champion Alexander Povetkin in his last fight in October.

The most damning indictment of the state of the heavyweight scene today may well be the fact that Leapai is just about as good an opponent as the champion can get.

Classy Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev is already inked in as the Ukrainian’s mandatory challenger, and the likes of big-hitting American Deontay Wilder and Britons Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora are still fighters who show potential for the near-future.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cutthroat on 04-26-2014

Leapai is very dangerous fighter, 2nd hardest left hook of all time right behind Corrie Sanders. Yet another future HOF fighter on Wlad's stacked resume.

Comment by TGD on 04-26-2014

This guy is going to be out on his feet after 4 rounds of that big girl grabbing and leaning on him

Comment by MR. SIXTY40 on 04-26-2014

He has no idea of the ass whooping he's in for.

Comment by daggum on 04-26-2014

[QUOTE=PeterinMI;14469165]And he didn't even come in prime shape. Heavy. This will be a dull fight. :puke:[/QUOTE] he couldn't even fight 4 rounds against travis walker when he was 235. now he's 250 lol! i doubt he trained at all. i…

Comment by PeterinMI on 04-26-2014

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;14468347]Alex Leapai is not a name destined to roll off the tongue of even the most hardcore members of the boxing family, but the Samoa-born 34-year-old will get his shot at the so-called richest prize in sport in Oberhausen, Germany…

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