After weeks of negotiations, Australia’s title hopeful Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24KOs) and undisputed king Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51KOs) have finally signed the dotted line and agreed on the terms and conditions for their Heavyweight title fight.
The pair will meet at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen Germany on April 26.
Leapai, a delivery driver in Brisbane, is guaranteed a $1.6 million purse for the bout and this marks the first time in his career he takes time off work to focus on full time training.
In November of last year Leapai became the mandatory challenger for Klitschko’s WBO title after out pointing previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov. He will also have the chance to claim the WBA, IBO and IBF belts, which Klitschko also holds and will put on the line.
Klitschko, who has not lost in a decade will enter as overwhelming favourite against the Australian. However, the hard hitting Leapai, who looks to set history and become the first ever Australian to capture a world Heavyweight title, is relishing in the underdog status saying, “Everyone is saying that I’m the underdog but Klitschko will find out that this underdog bites really hard.”