Klitschko and Leapai set April date for mandatory bout
Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has been handed a date of April 26th at an unspecified venue in Germany for the latest mandatory defence of his WBO version.
The 37 year-old, who also holds the IBF and WBA belts, meets number one contender Alex Leapai as the formidable Ukrainian surpasses ten-years undefeated just prior to his 65th outing in the paid ranks.
Klitschko last fought when easily out-pointing the WBA’s top-ranked contender Alexander Povetkin in Moscow, Russia in what was an eye-popping $23million dollar event and will be favoured for a similar outcome against Leapai.
‘Lionheart’ Leapai, 34, will have the chance to claim all of Klitschko’s titles when the pair meet in the spring after ending the impressive unbeaten run of Denis Boytsov in his last trip to Germany in November over ten rounds.
The Australian has lost four and drawn three of his 37 professional fights since his 2004 debut and will be a massive underdog to end Klitschko’s domineering reign as the top division’s undisputed king.
With brother Vitali stepping away from the ring to concentrate on his political career, Wladimir has set his sights on challenging the winner of Bermane Stiverne v Chris Arreola, which is set to take place around the same time for the vacant WBC title.
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