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Leapai says talks underway with Klitschko, promises to end long reign

Phil Jay 16/12/2013

Pressure, Patience and Power are the three ingredients that new mandatory challenger to Wladimir Klitschko, Alex Leapai, aims to use to unseat the long-standing champion next year.

The 34 year-old Samoan-Australian defeated Denis Boystov via a unanimous decision last month to earn the shot he hopes will be rubberstamped for the spring of 2014 – and aims to take his chance when it comes around.

“It is a dream come true and I have worked very hard for this opportunity,” Leapai told World Boxing News.

“We are in the early stages of talks with Klitschko’s people and I hope to more information on when the fight will take place soon. I think it will be in March or April.

“I am the number one mandatory contender with the WBO and it should be my next fight, I am ready.”

Leapai, whose record stands at 30-4-3 with 24 KO’s, believes he has the recipe for success where all others in recent times have failed and hopes to utilise it against the formidable Ukrainian when they finally collide.

“A victory over Klitschko would come through pressure, patience and power,” explained Leapai. “It will not be easy. He has not lost in about 10 years, but I am coming to fight and end his long streak as champion.

“Both he and his brother have been very dominant. Wladimir is the best of the two in my opinion and will go down in history as one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time.

“Vitali has been injured for the most part, but was still very great and dominant himself,” he added.

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