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Klitschko and Leapai avoid purse bid, have deal in place to meet in Germany

According to an article Friday on ProBoxingInsider.com, Wladamir Klitschko has come to terms with Australia's Alex Leapai, clearing the way for him to defend his four world titles this April in Germany.

Both sides had been given 30 days to negotiate a deal and avoid a purse bid, which had been scheduled for January 19 should the parties not been able to come up with an agreement.

"Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai reached an agreement to fight in April. The WBO was informed of this news this morning, confirmed Francisco 'Paco' Valcarcel, WBO President.

Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO's) is considered by most to be the best heavyweight in the world, and to be the true lineal champion in the division. He has held a version of the title for almost eight years now. It was in April of 2006 when he took the IBF title from Chris Byrd by knockout in a rematch of their earlier fight.

Since then, he has defended his title a total of 15 times, adding the WBO, WBA, and IBO titles to his trophy case in the process. The last time he was in action was in October, when he claimed a relatively easy unanimous decision win from Alexander Povetkin.

In Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO's), Klitschko meets a very unlikely contender for his crown. It was a huge upset win over the previously undefeated Denis Boytsov in Germany that vaulted Leapai to his title shot.

The date and venue for the fight have yet to be announced. But it is known that it will take place in Germany, where the majority of Klitschko's career fights have taken place. He has not made an appearance inside the United States in his last 13 fights.