Alex Leapai: “I will step in for Francois Botha and fight Tyson Fury”

Alex Leapaiby Brendan George: World rated Australian heavyweight Alex Leapai 21-3-3, (16 KOs) has put his hand up to take on unbeaten Tyson Fury on February 19th in Wembley Arena after the British boxing board of control has refused to sanction the fight between Fury and Botha. “I would love to take this fight on, Fury is a good fighter and I’m happy to go to his town to make this fight happen,” stated Leapai.

Leapai, who is the current WBO # 13 and former OPBF and interim WBO Oriental heavyweight title winner had a busy 2010 where he beat Bob Mirovic (KO1), Travis Walker (KO 4), Owen Beck (KO 6) and Darnell Wilson (WP 8). “Alex had a big year in 2010 and he is ready to go overseas and take on the big fights this year and I can’t think of a better start than to go to the UK and fight Tyson Fury at home,” noted Leapai’s trainer Noel Thornberry. When asked if he thought Fury would consider Leapai as an opponent Thornberry stated “ they are going to need a credible fighter on short notice, Alex had some great wins last year, he’s world rated and ready to go, I guess only time will tell if they take the fight..

Tyson Fury 13-0, (9 KOs) standing 6’9 and weighing in over 260lbs is a daunting task for any fighter, “I don’t know much about him other than he’s tall” laughs Leapai, “It really doesn’t matter I know what I’ve been doing in the gym and I’m ready for any challenge,” noted Leapai. “I’m happy to be fighting in my opponent’s backyard, that prospect excites me.”

As Leapai’s trainer Noel Thornberry stated.....”only time will tell if they take the fight" and he closed with "I can be contacted on Facebook at anytime".

Article posted on 26.01.2011

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