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Klitschko to fight Australia's Leapai

Ukrainian heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko will put four titles on the line when he takes on Alex Lepai in Germany.

    Australia's Alex Leapai will become Wladimir Klitschko's 25th world championship fight [Getty Images]
    Australia's Alex Leapai will become Wladimir Klitschko's 25th world championship fight [Getty Images]

    Wladimir Klitschko will defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Australian challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany, on 26th April.

    Klitschko's management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighter's 25th world championship fight.

    The 1.83-metre Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBO's mandatory challenger.

    Leapai the underdog

    The 34-year-old, who was born in Samoa, has a 30-4-3 record with 24 knockouts since turning professional in 2004.

    Leapai says, 'I'll beat Wladimir and it won't even be my toughest fight.'

    The 37-year-old Klitschko, who comfortably defeated Alexander Povetkin of Russia in Moscow last October, is 61-3 with 52 KOs.

    Klitschko's older brother Vitali, the former WBC champion, stepped back from boxing to concentrate on politics in their native Ukraine.

    SOURCE: AP


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