"Leapai installed as Klitschko Mandatory", "Wladimir Klitschko in Turmoil and Says Alex Leapai Fight Most Important of his Career", "Alex Leapai held back as Shannon Briggs gatecrashes world heavyweight boxing title media conference - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)", "Wladimir Klitschko beats Alex Leapai to keep titles", "The story of world heavyweight championship contender Alex Leapai - Boxing News", Kiwi connection to take on Wladimir Klitschko, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alex_Leapai&oldid=978875722, Use Australian English from December 2013, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 September 2020, at 13:01. [7] Klitschko retained his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO championship belts and used his height and reach advantage to control the fight with Leapai. Boytsov was the WBO's mandatory challenger for Klitschko, but when Leapai defeated Boytsov, Leapai was named mandatory challenger even though the Boytsov-Leapai bout was not an official elimination bout. Leapai is married to his high school sweetheart, Theresa, and has six children. Find out more about cookies While playing for Brothers, Leapai was offered a scholarship with the National Rugby League side, the North Queensland Cowboys. 6 talking about this. [6] Briggs challenged Klitschko for a fight and accused Leapai of being an unworthy opponent for Klitschko. "[2], Despite the fact that Klitschko possessed an overwhelming advantage over his challenger, the Ukrainian was quoted as saying the bout was “the most important fight of my career” due to the political backdrop of the encounter from a Ukrainian point of view. Four daughters (Cyanne, Maria, Menime and Ivona) and two sons (Alex and EJ). Alex Leapai defeated Denis Boytsov on 23 November 2013 in Germany. [5], Former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs interrupted a pre-fight press conference in Germany just days before the anticipated bout. The Klitschko and Leapai camps had agreed to a deal several weeks ago, which allowed them to avoid a purse bid, but it has now been signed. [4] Vladmir’s brother Vitali Klitschko was preparing to run for the Ukrainian presidency in looming May elections and the 37-year-old title holder admitted boxing was second in his mind to the political upheaval in his homeland. [10], An avid rugby league fan, Leapai supports the Brisbane Broncos. [8] Leapai reportedly rattled his opponent once in the fight before Klitschko responded with a flurry of blows that eventually dropped the Australian to the canvas. Wladimir Klitschko 112.2KIg- Alex Leapai 112.5Kg In Logan, Leapai played junior rugby league for Logan Brothers alongside future Australian rugby league and rugby union international Lote Tuqiri. [8], Leapai's parents, Faataui and Leitu, moved their family from Laulii, Samoa when he was 7 to New Zealand, where they lived until he was 12.

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