As expected Wladimir Klitschko retained his IBF/WBA and WBO heavyweights titles by knocking out Australian challenger Alex Leapai in the fifth at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany on Saturday.
It was a routine title defence for the long time champion, who used all his physical advantages in height and reach to control the fight from the first bell until the fight was stopped after 2.05 of the fifth round. . Leapai, a Samoan-born Australian, like many of Klitschko’s former challengers, could not cope with the champion trademark left jabs and straight right hand punches.
Leapai hit the deck after a solid left-right combination from Klitschko detonated on his chin. Leapai bravely rose to his feet on unsteady legs but was decked again from another left and right hand combination , the bout was then waved off by the referee.
Klitschko recorded his 53rd straight knockout from 62 wins against three losses. Leapai dropped to 30-5-3.
Leapai, the first Australian challenger in 106 years, never had a chance. The only time he ever got close to the bigger Ukrainian was just before getting floored in the fifth. Leapai also took an eight count in the opening round.
Although Klitschko was totally dominant throughout, Wladimir admitted afterwards that the ongoing troubles in his native Ukraine often played on his mind.
"It wasn’t easy, my head was in Ukraine and what is going on there. I hope there is no war and people dying. I am proud of my people," Klitschko said afterwards.
As for Leapai, he will return to Australia with a career best purse in the knowledge he was beaten by the best heavyweight on the planet
"I tried to take the fight to him and it didn’t work,” Leapai said. “I am all right, I was waiting for my opportunity but he is a champion and a great fighter".
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April 26, 2014