Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alex Leapai

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Challenger rankings
As of December 2013
WBA 10
WBC 22
IBF NR
WBO 1
As of November 2013
WBA 11
WBC N/A
IBF NR
WBO 8
CompuBox Punchstats
Total Punches Klitschko Leapai
Landed 147 10
Thrown 396 69
Pct. 37% 14%
Jabs Klitschko Leapai
Landed 67 6
Thrown 224 31
Pct. 30% 19%
Power Punches Klitschko Leapai
Landed 80 4
Thrown 172 38
Pct. 47% 11%

Wladimir Klitschko 247 lbs beat Alex Leapai 248 lbs by TKO at 2:05 in round 5 of 12

  • Date: 2014-04-26
  • Location: Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Referee: Eddie Cotton
  • Judge: Glenn Feldman 40-35
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    10
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  • Judge: Deon Dwarte 40-35
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    10
    2
    10
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    10
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    10
     
  • Judge: Zoltan Enyedi 40-35
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    10
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    10
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    10
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    10
     


Notes

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  • Before the bout, Klitschko stated in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt that he wanted to remain champion for another ten years. [1]
  • In his previous fight on November 23, Leapai floored and outpointed Denis Boytsov, who was 33-0 and ranked No. 1 by the WBO.
  • After defeating Boytsov, Leapai went from being ranked No. 8 to No. 1 by the WBO.
  • The bout was officially announced on February 3.[2]
  • Leapai was the first Australian boxer to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship since Bill Squires, who unsuccessfully challenged Tommy Burns once in 1907 and twice in 1908.
  • Leading up to the bout, former WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs drew more media attention than Leapai. Briggs disturbed a Klitschko training session, a press conference and the official weigh-in. Each time, Briggs pulled off his shirt and demanded a title shot. Klitschko and his manager, Bernd Bönte, showed no interest in a fight with Briggs, who returned to the ring on April 11 after three and one-half years of inactivity.
  • In Australia, the fight was aired on a PPV platform Main Event for $49.95.
  • In New Zealand, the fight was aired on a PPV platform Sky Arena for $49.95.
  • Leapai was knocked down once in the first round and twice in the fifth round.
  • The bout averaged 9 million viewers in Germany.
  • The Associated Press reported: "Klitschko, taller with a longer reach, controlled the fight at will, scoring with left jabs and straight rights with hardly any opposition from the Samoan-born Australian." [3]


Preceded by:
Klitschko vs. Povetkin
WBA Heavyweight Title Fight
# 100
Succeeded by:
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev
Preceded by:
Klitschko vs. Povetkin
IBF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 61
Succeeded by:
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev
Preceded by:
Klitschko vs. Povetkin
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 49
Succeeded by:
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev