The 6-foot Leapai (30-4-3, 24 K0s), a former jailbird who two months ago was installed by the WBO as its mandatory challenger, earned his chance by outscoring previously undefeated Russian Denis Boytsov on November 23.
“(Leapai is) physically and naturally so strong, he doesn’t need technique or strategy,” said Klitschko, 38. “Pure violence, that’s what we’ll see in the ring.”
Comparatively, a pugilistic icon, Klitschko last safeguarded his belts 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.
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 won 15 straight championship contests and remains a threat to Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 successful defenses.
Yielding roughly six inches, Leapai’s not a serious adversary and it’s hard to envision that Klitschko won’t continue to steamroll over a porous division.
Accordingly, expect Alex Leapai to endure “pure violence” at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko approximately a month from this evening.