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Alex “Lion Heart” Leapai shaping up for a shot at glory

TOUGH COMPETITION: Alex “Lion Heart” Leapai will fight Russia’s WBO No. 1 heavyweight Denis Boystov to secure a chance to contest the world heavyweight title.
TOUGH COMPETITION: Alex “Lion Heart” Leapai will fight Russia’s WBO No. 1 heavyweight Denis Boystov to secure a chance to contest the world heavyweight title. Contributed

A GATTON-trained heavyweight boxer out to conquer the world will walk German soil this weekend in his quest for glory.

The heavy-hitting Alex "Lion Heart" Leapai will travel to Oldenburg, Germany, this week to tackle Russia's WBO No. 1 heavyweight Denis Boystov.

The stakes have never been higher for the 110kg fighting machine, with a world heavyweight title within his grasp.

The winner of the fight between Leapai and Boystov this Saturday will receive the opportunity to stand in the opposite corner to one of the biggest names in the sport, Wladimir Klitschko, for the world heavyweight title.

Leapai's trainer Noel Thornberry said for now the focus was strictly on toppling Boystov, of which he was confident.

"We like to fight against Denis because he is a big puncher and he comes straight out of the gates and fights," Thornberry said.

"Alex is the best fighter in the world when it comes to a toe-to-toe and, if it comes down to that, he'll win."

However, Thornberry was well aware of the gravity of the situation, with a win sending him straight into a world championship bout.

"There is a hell of a lot at stake and for Alex to be in the corner on a decider for the No. 1 position it's a big deal," he said.

Despite the pressure, Leapai said he was confident of knocking out Boystov this weekend.

"Its going to be a tough fight but I'm confident," he said.

Leapai savoured the opportunity for heavyweight glory and hoped to put Australian boxers on the map.

"It's not every day an Australian heavyweight gets an opportunity like this," he said.

"Over in the US, England and Germany they don't even look at our area, especially in the heavyweight division, and I want to change that.

"I'm from Down Under and we can fight."

Topics:  alex leapai, boxing, gatton


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