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 Last update:  12/10/2013       Read more by Adrian Warren         
Team Leapai Are "Super Confident" of Klitschko Upset
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By Adrian Warren

Requests to meet royalty and a prime minister, a potential seven-figure pay day and a chance to win three heavyweight boxing word titles - life is pretty sweet right now for Alex Leapai.

The 34-year-old Queenslander's recent points win over WBO No.1 contender Denis Boytsov has opened all kinds of doors.

The WBO have officially sanctioned Leapai as their mandatory challenger to world champion Wladimir Klitschko, with negotiations for the fight starting last week.

Leapai's manager and trainer Noel Thornberry says he understands Klitschko's WBA and IBF world titles will also be on the line when he fights the Australian sometime next year.

Leapai tore a calf muscle during the fight with Boytsov, but Thornberry said his charge would resume maintenance work later this week, focusing on strength and conditioning and flexibility.

He plans to visit Samoa, the country of his birth, around New Year.

"It's already been requested that Alex go over and meet the king and prime minister of Samoa, because they want to give their blessing before he embarks on his journey to the heavyweight championships," Thornberry told AAP.

He has commenced negotiations with Klitschko's management team. If they don't reach an agreement by early January the fight will go to a purse bid.

"I'm not quite sure, what it's going to be. I wouldn't like to pre-empt it," Thornberry said.

"I'm thinking it's definitely a seven figure purse."

That would be by far the biggest boxing payday so far for Leapai, who has never had a six-figure purse let alone one with a seventh zero.

It would be a reward for several years hard work and an enormous amount of travel for Leapai, who lives in Logan and Thornberry, who resides in Gatton 100km away.

"We've been going now for nearly eight years and working so hard, travelling thousands of kilometres in cars, and even hundreds of thousands in aeroplanes. It just dominates your life," Thornberry said.

"But then again, if winning the heavyweight title was simple, everyone would want to do it, but there's a hell of a lot to it."

Thornberry revealed a number of parties had expressed interest in staging the Klitschko fight, but there was no chance of it landing in Australia.

"I believe there is interest from K2 (which is) the Klitschko camp, and there's at least one European component that I'm aware of and two Asia Pacific," Thornberry said.

"I would love to be able to keep it in the Asian Pacific, if we could, somewhere in China, Singapore.

"It won't go ahead in Australia, the heavyweight championship is too expensive."

While Leapai will give away around 15cms in height, the fighter and his manager are "super confident" of pulling off a huge upset.

"We can just see a away to beat that guy," Thornberry said.

"Styles make fights and from our perspective Alex's style will mesh well with Wladimir's."

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


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comment by beez721, on 12-11-2013
[QUOTE=valero]Leapai is so bad, Wladimir should be ashamed if he clinches in this fight. Wladimir KO 4[/QUOTE] he should be ashamed if he even takes the fight. there's more worthy contenders available this time around. he needs to vacate the wbo and forget about leapai. this fight would be...

comment by Arthur Daley, on 12-11-2013
This will just be a repeat of Lewis vs Shannon Briggs.

comment by Tobi.G, on 12-11-2013
[QUOTE=Cupo303]The fight will not happen in Australia, that's ridiculous. Lepei will take his ass beating down in Germany and he will agree to all terms dictated by Team Klitschko (and rightfully so, they need to squeeze him down to a Minimum wage-esque purse). And no, Wlad should not vacate ...

comment by GoldenGloveLove, on 12-11-2013
The money will seem good until the hospital bills come out. God bless him though if he wants to come get some.

comment by Hougigo, on 12-11-2013
[QUOTE=yoz]Still can't believe Leapai has 'leaped' ahead of Pulev.[/QUOTE] IBF needs to order the fight. Wlad doesn't want to lose any of his belts, so forcing him to fight isn't as hard

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