CAGEY American Malik Scott not only talked the talk but last night walked the walk as his speed and superior ring craft proved too much for Australian champion Alex Leapai in their 10-round international fight.
Scott finished well ahead on all three judges' card 100-90 99-91 and 98-92 for a unanimous points victory leaving Leapai fans disappointed and the Logan father of six to contemplate his future.
Leapai had no answer to Scott's fast hands and ring speed and couldn't land one his mule-like punches on the American who has talked himself up prior to the fight as the most skilful heavy boxer on the planet.
The first few rounds were ugly, with Scott happy to grapple with Leapai to gauge his reach and power but after that he was in control of every round.
The victory, the 36th from Scott's 38 professional fights lifts Scott back into the world top 10 heavyweight ranks behind the great Ukrainian great Wladimir Klitschko who at 38 is still destroying everyone he fights and who along with the all-time king of the ring Muhammad Ali shares second place for the most heavyweight title fights with 25, behind only Joe Louis (27).
Leapai as always was nothing if not brave as he tried to land a knockout punch in the concluding rounds but by then Scott was well in control of the fight even gesturing to his opponent to keep throwing the big blows and he slipped his punches easily.
Nursing a swollen lip and closing eye, Leapai promised his followers his second defeat in a row after being pummelled by Klitschko in a world title earlier this year that it was not the end of the road, even though good fights will now prove hard for his trainer Noel Thornberry to secure.
"We have to get back and line up again. I've still got plenty in me. It was just one of those things," Leapai said.
"There's no shame that I lost to one of the best fighters out there. I wasn't going to come back to Australia and fight a cab driver. We wanted to fight the best.
"Good on him but I'd love to get a chance with him again. He's a slick fighter. I'm still going to be pushing. It's not the end of the Lionheart."
For Scott who entertained with his colorful pre-fight quotes and one liners, it's back home to Philadelphia with the prospect of working his way towards a big pay day fight with Klitschko if he can win a couple more fights against world ranked opponents.
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