In a bout that will be televised in the United States live on ESPN, Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) is slated to defend the The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against Leapai (30-4-3, 24 K0s) Saturday night at the Koenig Pilsener Arena.
A reformed jailbird who three months ago was installed by the WBO as its mandatory challenger, the 6-foot Leapai earned his chance by outscoring previously undefeated Russian Denis Boytsov on November 23.
“You are getting the best show you are able to watch. I am here to win,” said Leapai, 34, a Samoan who moonlights as a delivery driver in Logan City, Queensland. “I have been dreaming about this for many years. Everybody will see this fight and we will write history.”
Comparatively, a pugilistic icon, Klitschko last safeguarded his crowns in October versus inferior scrapper 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.
“We’ll see an exciting fight with a lot of action,” said Klitschko, 38, who is currently ranked third in the pound-for-pound rankings.
“I’m sure that our fight will be spectacular. His style of boxing can be compared to Mike Tyson’s style. I’m happy to hear that he is prepared for twelve rounds, but we are on a total different level technically. I will defeat him on Saturday.”
Hayden Panettiere’s fiancé has now emerged triumphant in 19 consecutive outings since suffering a TKO at the hands of Lamon Brewster in April 2004.
Even more impressively, “Dr. Steelhammer” has won 15 straight championship contests and remains a threat to Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 successful defenses.
Yielding roughly six inches, Leapai can’t “be compared to Mike Tyson” and it’s hard to envision that Klitschko won’t continue to steamroll over a porous division.
Accordingly, expect Wladimir Klitschko to “defeat” Alex Leapai by knockout within eight rounds this weekend.