Former Queensland delivery truck driver, Alex Leapai just signed a $6 million dollar contract to fight Wladimir Klitschko for the unified world heavyweight title on April 26th at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Germany.
Samoan-born Leapai, will be the first Australian to compete for this title since Bill Squires, 106 years ago – in 1907.
Alex Leapai’s powerful Samoan build was first noticed by Noel Thornberry (a Queensland middleweight boxer and manager) in 2004 when he came into Thornberry’s Gatton gym for a few spar rounds. Leapai’s talent was immediately noticed, and from that point on Thornberry followed Leapai’s professional boxing career.
Leapai, a 34-year-old working-class father of six, has been training with Thornberry for nearly a decade. He’s climbed the ranks, boasts a record of 30-4-3 (24 KO’s), and will soon be stepping into the ring to compete for the title of heavyweight champion of the world. Leapai will earn $1.5 million, just to step into the ring.
Although Leapai is confident, he faces a powerful opponent. Wladimir Klitschko has a 61-3 record (51KO’s), he’s sponsored by Mercedez-Benz, and became an Olympic gold medallist in 1996. His brother could very well become the next president of Ukraine, and he dates American actress, Hayden Panettiere. Klitschko is a powerhouse.
He’s one of the most known Ukrainians, he’s our Heavyweight Champion, He is Wladimir Klitschko. pic.twitter.com/Ou8DUB2M1K
— WBA (@NewsWba) January 9, 2014
Leapai says, “I’m going to Germany to knock him out. He’s got 15cm in height on me but he’s got a glass jaw and he won’t be able to handle my power. He’s been knocked out by three guys who can’t punch as hard as me.”
“He has never felt the sort of power I have in these hands and he is going to get the shock of his career when he does.”
Leapai’s journey is a true underdog story, and we can’t wait to see how it unfolds!