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Wladimir Klitschko is ‘a true professional’ and one of the premier prizefighters

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Heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko pulverized Alex Leapai to easily defend The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts on Saturday at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Without breaking a sweat, the 6-foot-6 Klitschko (62-3, 53 KOs) floored the 6-foot Leapai (30-5-3, 24 K0s) twice before ending the Australian challenger with a huge right to the jaw with 58 seconds left in the fifth.

"I tried to take the fight to him and it didn't work. I am all right, I was waiting for my opportunity but he is a champion and a great fighter," said Leapai, 34, a Samoan who moonlights as a delivery driver in Logan City, Queensland.

Currently ranked third in the pound-for-pound rankings, Klitschko has now emerged triumphant in 20 consecutive outings since suffering a TKO at the hands of Lamon Brewster in April 2004.

Even more impressively, Hayden Panettiere’s fiancé has won 16 straight title contests and remains a threat to Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 successful defenses.

"I feel very good at 38," said Klitschko, a pugilistic icon who is 23-2 overall in heavyweight championship matches.

"It's not hard to find motivation because I am enjoying what I'm doing. I'm crying like a baby because my training camp is coming to an end. It's exciting times to be in the sport. I love to get ready. It's exciting and enjoyable to be a true professional.”

Clearly not considering retirement, “Dr. Steelhammer” is in superior condition and it’s hard to envision that Klitschko won’t continue to steamroll over a porous division.

“A true professional,” Wladimir Klitschko will dominate the heavyweight landscape for many years to come.


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