Advertisement
Advertisement

Wladimir Klitschko Expects "Violent" Rush From Leapai

Wladimir Klitschko says he expects 'pure violence' when he defends his world heavyweight titles against Australia's Alex Leapai in a fortnight.

Klitschko, 38, will be defending his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in Oberhausen, Germany, on April 26 against the 34-year-old Leapai, who has vowed to "go to war" with the reigning champion.

"He is the underdog - but he can also bite," Klitschko told German daily Bild on Sunday.

"Leapai will try and beat me with pure violence.

"Technique and tactics aren't his strengths. He's lacking the experience and I'll use that against him.

"I'll demonstrate that I'm the strongest boxer in the world. My mission isn't over yet."

Leapai, 34, has a 30-4-3 career record since turning professional in 2004, while Klitschko is 61-3 with 51 knock-outs and his last defeat is now a decade ago.

The world-title fight takes place just before ANZAC Day, and Leapai has said he will prove he is a "warrior too" and will bring Klitschko's belts home.

The Ukraine champion says he is still feeling the loss of legendary coach Emanuel 'Manny' Steward who died in October 2012.

"Perhaps it sounds a little crazy, but when I am in the gym I still hear his voice," said Klitschko.

"He whispers things in my ear when I am in the ring.

"We had previously talked about things for hours, from which I still benefit today.

"We still do things today exactly how Emanuel wanted them to be done.

"It starts with the small things.

"I feel his spirit, his strength and I always definitely know whether or not he is happy with my training."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by f#ckrussia on 04-13-2014

leapais gonna roll into jab city, dance around drunk for a few rounds then pass out

Comment by artfuL_ on 04-13-2014

Leapai is a bum, can you believe this fight is being sold for $49.95 on Australian PPV.

Comment by Drunk Punch on 04-13-2014

So its going to be another horrible hugfest.

Comment by bojangles1987 on 04-13-2014

I'm sure Wlad's ready to oppose such violence with a peaceful demonstration in hugging.

Comment by daggum on 04-13-2014

and i expect violent hugging. you are going to see arm burns on leapai's back and around his sides

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (11)
Top Headlines LIVE Golden Boy Fight Results From Hollywood, California Photos: Francisco Vargas Throws Out First Pitch at Dodgers Game Showtime Sues Top Rank: Mayweather-Pacquiao Legal Fee Dispute Fernando Montiel Not Looking To Retire, Plans To Fight Again Tony Bellew Gets Celebrity Backing as He Enters Makabu Fight Mike Tyson Lands Role in Reboot of The Kickboxer Franchise Duran Confident Mosley Secures Shot at Thurman-Porter Winner Sugar Ray Leonard: I Told Mayweather I Would Have Beat Him Photos: Ruslan Provodnikov, John Molina Training For War Nate Diaz: I'd Whoop Mayweather, McGregor Asses in One Night! Margarito Says Ramon Alvarez Likely, Wants Canelo Next Roach: Pacquiao Can Return For Canelo, But Floyd is Bigger Draw Hassan N'Dam vs. Swierzbinski, Amar-Demchenko Will Go Ahead Agit Kabayel Helping Tyson Fury Prepare For Klitschko Rematch Casimero is Ready, Wants Roman Gonzalez Unification Next Fortune To McGregor: Forget Mayweather, Shut Up F***ing Yapper! Povetkin's Promoter Embraces WBC Ruling on Deontay Wilder Mike Tyson: Foolish Plan, But Olympic Amateurs Might Beat Pros Anthony Cacace, Barry McGuigan Decide To Part Ways Hearn Urges Haye To Face Whyte To Speed Up Road To Joshua Deontay Wilder Granted Permission To Make Voluntary By WBC Zolani Tete: Haskins and McDonnell are Holding My Titles Kathy Duva To Be Honored At 7th Annual Raging Babe Brunch Jurors Set For All-Star Boxing vs. Canelo/Golden Boy Lawsuit Jazza Dickens (Injury) Pulled From June 4 Liverpool Show Miguel Flores To Face Ruben Tamayo on PBC on FS1 Erislandy Lara Sees No Network Issues in Making Golovkin Fight Casimero Knocks Out Ruenroeng In Four, Wins Flyweight Crown Focal Point: Lebedev Rises To Top Of Red-Hot Cruiserweight Division Keith Thurman: We Don't Yet Know If Kell Brook is 'Really Special' Provodnikov: Golovkin Blows Out Canelo, GGG-Ward is The Fight Michael Buffer on The UK Scene and Tony Bellew Friendship Morrison, Johnson To Return On June 18 In Manchester Parker Eyes War With Joshua, Brushes Off Whyte's Trash Talk Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Shows His Power on The Heavy Bag Groves Feels Murray Never Recovered From Pounding By Golovkin Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Details Strategy, Camp For Molina Teddy Atlas: I Don't Think There is Any Interest in May-Pac Rematch Whyte Eyes Anthony Joshua Rematch: I Want To Whup His Ass! Video: Joel Diaz on Recent Defeats of Victor Ortiz, Tim Bradley
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement