“SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET KNOCKED OUT” Those are the words of former World title challenger Alex Leapai in regards to his August 4 showdown with Roger Izonritei.
It’s a re-match, a grudge match, an opportunity to settle the score, to right the wrongs, redemption, revenge and the irony, that’s about all this pair can agree on – they are both hellbent on correcting what they both believe was an injustice.
Their is genuine bad blood – they don’t like each other.
It all stems from their infamous showdown on December 13 last year. In the record books it’s recorded as a technical draw after the doctor ruled Izonritei was unable to continue due to a gaping wound over his eye which was ruled to be caused by an accidental elbow.
The Leapai camp strongly refute the decision believing Roger Izonritei quit rather than the doctor stopping the bout.
It began a war of words that has simmered for well over 8 months.
“Alex you and your trainer said I quit,” Roger Izonritei said
“For your information you don’t have the ability and weaponry to make me quit.
“You, Alex have left a scar on my face to remind me every time that I fought a coward.
“I am healed from your intentional cowardly elbow.
“Let’s finish this Alex Leapai.”
Now Roger Izonritei has his wish. August 4 on the TGW & Smithy Bring the Big Fights 20 card at Rumours International the pair will go toe to toe.
Alex Leapai has a simple prediction for Roger Izonritei.
“He’s going to get knocked out pretty bad,” Leapai said.
“He said a few things on social media, I’m not a social media king of guy, I’ll let my fists do the talking – let’s just get it on.
“He’s going to be standing in front of me so I need to take him out.
“In all due respects Roger Izonritei is not on my level and he’s going to find out on August 4.”
“Roger I’m coming for you.”
Alex Leapai has fought all over the World reaching the lofty heights of earning a mandatory shot at Wladamir Klitschko.
The Lionheart is hungry for another crack at the big time, Roger Izonritei is a stepping stone back to the International stage.
“We’ve got big fights planned overseas but I can’t look past this one,” Alex Leapai said.
“First time fighting in Toowoomba I can’t thank Smithy enough for putting this on.
“I’m fighting for the Brayd Smith belt, which is in honour of Smithy’s son and this belt isn’t going anywhere it’s staying here in Toowoomba where it belongs.
“I hope the fans come along, you want to see power, you want to see knock outs – come and watch the Lionheart, I’ll make sure you get your money’s worth.”