Sherman Oaks, CA (October 31, 2014) Friday night in Crestmead, Queensland, Australia, perennial contender “King” MALIK SCOTT dominated former world title challenger and hometown favorite ALEX LEAPAI enroute to a ten round unanimous decision. Continue reading
In news which will surprise some, and seems standard to others, former WBC heavyweight champion of the world Samuel Peter has signed to fight recent title challenger, and popular contender, Alex Leapai. The 10 round bout is scheduled for October 24 of this year, given the former champion barely two months to prepare, and is set for Leapai’s home country of Australia. The news has been confirmed by several media outlets and the bout is listed on the usually reliable boxrec.com.
Rumours have been circulating since December of last year that Peter was planning a ring return. The always popular Nigerian powerhouse was reportedly said to be struggling with the idea of retiring off of two back to back losses, the last being a particularly shocking, and painful to watch, knockout at the hands of Robert Helenius three years ago. The nature of that loss and the fact that Peter has not boxed in three years will give his former fans a rather ominous sense of foreboding ahead of this fight. Does Peter really want another crack at the big time? Or is it simply another sad case of a former star and champion secretly battling financial losses and succumbing to acceptance of the role as the ‘opponent’ on another fighter’s card. As with the Helenius fight, this bout is going to be an Alex Leapai show in front of his fans. Peter has been chosen by team Leapai as a big name to build upon after a hopelessly one sided title defeat to Wladimir Klitschko. Continue reading
Wladimir Klitschko has triumphed again in commanding fashion, an action which typically raises complaints that the long-time champ fights “bums” rather than “real” challenges.
Of course, this raises an interesting question. Who are the bums and who are the real challenges? If Klitschko avoids a challenge, then name the challenge. And be careful with your answer.
I remember little more than a two years ago when Klitcshko easily KO’d Tony Thompson in six. Critics immediately excoriated him for fighting a geriatric, rather than an unstoppable machine like David Price. Yet Thompson’s name is now mysteriously removed from the retrospective list of “bums” that Klitschko fought and – just as mysteriously – David Price is no longer a “real” challenge. Continue reading
Heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko did as was widely expected and stopped overmatched title challenger Alex Leapai tonight in Germany. Dominating the action throughout, Wladimir scored two knockdowns in the 5th-round, the final one ending the fight. The time was 2-minutes and 5-seconds and Klitschko, unbeaten in ten years, is now 62-3(52). Leapai, who gave it his best, falls to 30-5-3(24).
Klitschko boxed his usual fight, dominating behind his punishing left jab with his even more punishing right hand behind it. Credited with a knockdown in the 1st-round – when Leapai appeared to have slipped and was unhurt – Wladimir never lost a single minute of a single round. Showing a stubborn chin that might have surprised some, Leapai ate a ton of left jabs and telephone pole right hands, for which he deserves credit, yet the Samoan was not throwing anywhere near enough leather himself. Continue reading
As much as I’d like to see Alex Leapai become the first Australian in history to win the Heavyweight title, he has some task to overcome in Wladimir Klitschko.
Klitschko has been undefeated since 2004 and his resume lists a host of former World Champions including Samuel Peter, Chris Byrd, Lamon Brewster, Hasim Rahman, Ruslan Chagaev, Jean Marc Mormeck, Alexander Povetkin and David Haye.
Boxing experts are give Leapai a “punchers chance” of victory , meaning that given his destructive power, if the Australian lands flush, there’s a good chance that he’ll knock Klitschko out.
The big problem is landing that punch. Continue reading
IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and “The Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and his Australian contender Alex Leapai stepped on the scales today.
Wladimir Klitschko: 112,2 kilograms / 247.4 lbs
Alex Leapai: 112,5 kilograms / 248.0 lbs
The fight will be shown live on RTL in Germany. ESPN will show the fight in the US.
Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai held their open workout at the Centro shopping centre in Oberhausen (Germany). About 3000 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday, April 26. IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and “Ring Magazine” Champion Klitschko and his contender Alex Leapai will face off at the König-Pilsener-Arena Oberhausen, Germany.
Remaining tickets for the fight night are available on www.eventim.de and via phone under +49-18190-121314. Continue reading
Photos: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton — IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion, WBO/WBA Heavyweight Super Champion and „The Ring Magazine“ World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko will face Alex Leapai from Samoa on April 26th at the König-Pilsener-ARENA Oberhausen (Germany). The press conference of Champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) and mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) took place in Düsseldorf. The media presence was quite impressive with about 100 representatives and 20 camera crews.
Once more Wladimir Klitschko pointed out the respect for his opponent: “I’m looking forward to the challenge. We can see that Alex is highly motivated and he is here to win. I will not underestimate him on Saturday evening”, said the 38 year old but added: “Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!”.
Heavyweight boxer Shannon Briggs interrupted the press-conference of Wladimir Klitschko at the Intercontinental Hotel today in Dortmund, Germany demanding a fight against the record-holding Ukrainian heavyweight champion.
Briggs demanded a fight against Wladimir Klitschko upcoming Saturday and even said he would be able to fight him right on the spot. Briggs had to be held back by the trainers and was forced to leave the press conference five minutes later.
Klitschko will defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Australian challenger Leapai in Oberhausen on Saturday.
More: Video – Alex Leapai training for Klitschko Continue reading
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the officials who will work this Saturday, April 26, in the world heavyweight title bout between the champion Wladimir Klitschko and the #1 ranked Alex Leapai, to be held at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, in a K2 Promotions presentation. Continue reading
Wladimir Klitschko says he plans on boxing on for another ten years – and guess what, there’s nobody to stop him!
Those heavyweights who are looking forward to the day when the division once dominated by American fighters will no longer have to contend with the Klitschko brothers had better think again. Wladimir, now aged 38 but arguably still at his peak, remains all-conquering, and “Dr. Steel Hammer” has told German publication Die Welt that he plans on fighting for a further ten years.
“I just turned 38, but that’s only a number,” Wladimir said. “I am still extremely hungry and better than ever. A few years ago, I thought I couldn’t improve, but my mission is still a long way from over. I want to box on for ten more years.” Continue reading