Alex Leapai is one win away from being crowned the first ever Australian to win the world Heavyweight title.
Leapai today scored a unanimous points decision in Germany over previously undefeated Russian, Dennis Boytsov.
Unbeaten in 33 professional fights, Boytsov entered the ring as the number 1 ranked contender and strong favourite.
Leapai proved too strong, landing power shots throughout the contest and putting the Russian on the canvas in both round 7 and 9. The judges final scorecards read 98-92, 96-92, 96-92 all in favour of Leapai. His record improves to (30-4-3, 24KOs)
This victory has presented the hard hitting Australian a showdown with long time Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
In other news, Australia’s Billy Dib suffered a 9th round TKO loss on the undercard to Manny Pacquiao’s victory over Brendan Rios in China.
In a rematch against undefeated Evgeny Gradovich, Dib attempted to claim back the IBF Super Featherweight title which he lost to Gradovich in March. Dib was knocked to the canvas briefly in round 6 then continued to take punishment in the following rounds. After a flurry of punches in round 9, referee Allan Huggins called a stop to the contest.