IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) will be fighting what should be one of his easier title defenses next Saturday night against Australian heavyweight Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) on April 26th at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Leapai, 34, is a huge underdog in this fight, and about the only way he wins on April 26th is if Wladimir makes a major mistake by getting cocky and leaving himself open for one of Leapai’s big power shots.
There’s no question that the 6-foot Leapai has major world class power for a heavyweight. The only problems that Leapai has is his lack of size, speed, skills and experience. If you take away all of those things and focus on just his power, then he’s got a chance in this fight for an upset,. but definitely not a good chance or anything close to that.
“Alex Leapai is in the best fight condition of his career and is supremely confident that he will be the fourth man to defeat Klitschko,” said writer Grantlee Kieza via Fightnews. “Leapais training team have studied recent fights and also the losses the champion has suffered and can see faults in his style which they are confident will see Leapai become the new world champion on April 26.”
There’s nothing for them to pour over in terms of losses that Wladimir has suffered recently, as he hasn’t suffered a defeat since 2004 when he was halted by Lamon Brewster in his first fight with trainer Emanuel Steward. That was Wladimir fighting with his old fighting style before he had changed his technique in the ring. Steward changed Wladimir into a more defensive fighter, and taught him how to conserve his energy by fighting at a more measured pace. Ever since that time, he’s not lost another fight. Steward passed away two years ago in October 2012. Wladimir is now trained by Johnathon Banks.
Leapai got the title shot against Wladimir by beating Denis Boytsov last year in a big upset. Boytsov found out the hard way that you don’t want to stand directly in front of Leapai.