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 Last update:  4/27/2014       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
Wladimir Klitschko Ready To Explore Fights on The Road
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A "perfect" Wladimir Klitschko says he'd be happy to fight in Australia and his trainer believes it's time for the quadruple world heavyweight boxing champion to take his show around the globe.

Klitschko (62-3) was far too good for 34-year-old Queenslander Alex Leapai (30-5-3) in Oberhausen, Germany, scoring three knockdows in a one-sided defence of his four world titles which he ended with a fifth round knockout.

"It was a perfect performance," Klitschko's trainer Jonathon Banks told AAP.

Unbeaten over 20 fights in the last decade, the giant Ukranain has had around three quarters of his fights in Germany, but isn't averse to fighting elsewhere, including Australia.

However, with Leapai defeated, newly-crowned Commonwealth champion Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne would seem to be the only credible Australian opponent. At 193cm tall, the ex-cage fighter would at least be closer in height and reach.

Banks said 38-year-old Klitschko had spoken about fighting in more countries.

"Let's go to New Zealand, let's go to Australia, let's go to South Africa, let's go everywhere," Banks said.

"It's the world titles. This is the world championship. Let's travel the world for the next year and a half or two years.

"I want to see everybody in the world to recognise this talented man.

The issue for Klitschko is not so much where he fights, but whether there is anyone out there capable of really challenging him.

The fact that 42-year-old former world champion Shannon Briggs was pushing his case over the past week underlines the paucity of talent in the division.

"The biggest challenge is myself to be honest," Klitschko said.

"Because it takes a lot of strength to stay focused and not get cocky and get big headed because you are a champion for many years."

Klitschko's elder brother Vitali, who relinquished the WBC title to pursue a political career in their stife-torn homeland, is convinced his younger sibling is untouchable.

"With age, with experience, with athletic preparation, nobody can compare to Wladimr, nobody can beat him," Vitali Klitschko said.

"I know he is one of the best athletes in the world.

"If he can fight like today he has huge potential for many years."

Vitali said he would love to see Wladimir bring the WBC belt back to the family by challenging the winner of next month's fight for that vacant title between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne.

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comment by Money Shot, on 04-28-2014
All in, world title fights he is W23(18 KO's) L2 And not one MD or SD that littered Larry Holmes career. Those are impressive stats when you factor in the last loss was over 10 years ago.

comment by valero, on 04-28-2014
Three problems with this article. 1. Lucas Browne is mentioned. 2. Shannon Briggs is mentioned. 3. Deontay Wilder is NOT mentioned.

comment by Freedom2014, on 04-28-2014
[QUOTE=joe strong]that stadium was not close to being filled for leapai. they had the lights shining down in a bowl shape. it was half empty. I said before the fight he would be better of fighting in Australia. a stadium would have been filled down under for a chance an aussie could win the titl...

comment by Freedom2014, on 04-28-2014
[QUOTE=joe strong]that stadium was not close to being filled for leapai. they had the lights shining down in a bowl shape. it was half empty. I said before the fight he would be better of fighting in Australia. a stadium would have been filled down under for a chance an aussie could win the titl...

comment by Pharlapz, on 04-28-2014
[QUOTE=handsome1-1]Wladimir is the best heavyweights after Ali in boxing history. He should be given more credit than he gets. He truly is am amazing athlete and fighter[/QUOTE] Yes, he is an amazing physical specimen and athlete but I've always believed he lacks the mental toughness (and chin) ...

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