Leapai (30-4-3, 24 K0s), who was recently installed by the WBO as its mandatory challenger, earned his chance by outscoring previously undefeated Russian Denis Boytsov on November 23.
“People talk about how great Wladimir is and the 61 victories he has had in his career,” said Leapai, 34. “I on the other hand think of the fact that he has been comprehensively kayoed three times by people who cannot punch nearly as hard as me. I will break Wladimir and it will not be my hardest fight.”
Meanwhile, the 37-year-old Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) last vacated the squared circle in October after easily defending The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against inferior pugilist Alexander Povetkin.
All three judges ruled that Klitschko overwhelmed the 34-year-old Povetkin (26-1, 18 KOs) by counts of 119-104.
Bruised and bleeding, the 6-foot-2 Povetkin was floored on three occasions in the seventh round alone.
Although the Ukrainian constantly initiated clinches and held, the 6-foot-6 Klitschko also expertly used his left jab to batter the Russian and land flush shots to the kisser.
Currently ranked fourth in the pound-for-pound rankings, Hayden Panettiere’s fiancé has now emerged triumphant in 19 consecutive matches since suffering a TKO at the hands of Lamon Brewster in April 2004.
Even more impressively, “Dr. Steelhammer” has managed to safeguard his titles in 15 straight contests and remains a threat to Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 successful defenses.
Leapai’s not a serious adversary and it’s hard to envision that Klitschko won’t continue to steamroll over a porous division.