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    by Published on 28-02-15 01:06 AM  Number of Views: 343 
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    "Big Daddy" Browne named mandatory for Ruslan Chagaev's belt.

    It has been a long, painful and sometimes frustrating road for Browne, however now his faith in his own ability and destiny has been repaid after WBA chairman Gilberto Mendoza mandated on Wednesday that Chagaev’s representatives
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    Reigning middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin retained his belts and impressive knockout streak as he stopped brave challenger Martin Murray in the 11th round of their world title contest on Saturday night in Monte Carlo.

    Golovkin - still unbeaten
    by Published on 10-02-15 08:11 PM     Number of Views: 245 
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    CheckHookBoxing Forum Speaks To Liam Hutchinson

    Liam is one of the new generation of Aussie boxers who at 22, has already held the Queensland state super welter title and now holds the Qld middleweight title. At 10 wins and only once beaten, 2015 could be a big year for this up and comer.

    We would like to thank Jeff for his time, the Q&A was a huge success and is captured here:-

    I hear you're challenging Shannon "Shaggy" King for his Australian Super Welterweight title! Congratulations. What do you see as the keys to winning this fight? What are King's strengths and weaknesses?

    Thanks mate, I know I've got a big opportunity against Shaggy, and we know it will be, by far, my toughest fight to date. He's a big puncher, but we're confident I'll box my way to the win.

    After doing a bit of research thanks to google, I read that you're actually cousins with Paul "Dudey" McCloskey! Have you ever sparred with him? Does he offer you advice?
    Yeah, I made my debut in Ireland and was training out of Dudey's gym in Belfast and really got a feel for the pro game. Dudey's always there offering support and advice. Plus, it was a real thrill having my first pro fight at the Odyssey Arena!

    Quite a thrill to debut at the Odyssey. But what were you doing training in Belfast when you were born in Queensland?
    No worries, that's a good question. I had the opportunity to go over and stay with family in Ireland and train out of Breen's Gym in Belfast with my cousin Paul McCloskey. My debut was on the undercard when he fought Prescott.
    I'd love to get back there again someday, maybe not on the undercard next time :P

    Liam - Just the one loss to your pro record v David Galvin 2.5 years ago. The judges weren't unanimous about it and it was only a 4 rounder. Can you tell us about the fight, what you thought of the decision and whether you want the opportunity to square things up? There's no doubt you've kept onwards and upwards since.
    To be honest, it was a while ago (2012) so I don't really recall the fight in great detail...but if I learned one thing, it was not to let ANY rounds slip. In terms of squaring up the ledger, I believe David Galvin has retired.

    Knowing the successes that Aussie fighters like Wes Capper and Steve Lovett have had relocating to the US for their career, have you thought about moving overseas as an option?
    I would love to go back to Ireland at some point in my career and fight in front of my family again. As to when that might be... I've got a bit of work to do on the Aussie scene first.
    How would you describe your fighting style to those of us who haven't seen you box. What are your strengths and what things do you have to work on?
    I like to think I'm an evasive fighter who has power in both hands. As far as things to work on... I'm trying to be busier.

    I was watching an amateur fight you had in New Caledonia on Youtube and read that you turned pro at 18. What sort of record did you have in the amateurs? What are you finding the biggest differences are between fighting in the amateur and pro ranks?
    Thanks for the great question mate. I had about 30 fights in the amateurs, and to be honest when I turned pro I felt like that's where I belonged. I did win an Australian Junior Title but I was always working toward turning pro. The biggest difference I've found between amateur and pro is that with more rounds you don't have to rush your fight.

    Where did your interest for boxing come from mate? Are there any particular boxers you have watched and been inspired by?
    I started boxing as a way to get fit and then fell in love with it. I'm most inspired by Floyd Mayweather Jr and what he does in the ring.

    Your one punch KO of Will Sands was probably one of the best we've seen domestically in recent years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxgaNiQJn3I. I see on boxrec you also crushed Ryan Heck in your last fight. Do you consider yourself a puncher and do you find that you're punching harder as you get older?
    That was by far one of the best punches I've ever thrown in the ring. I'm never looking for the knockout, but I'm happy when those opportunities come along. I do find the older I get, the harder my punches are getting.

    1) What is your mentality walking to the ring? What goes inside you're head?
    2) How do you seek opponents, how does the match making go for a pro? Do you have any say in the matter?

    1) Walking to the ring I'm trying to stay as calm as possible, and just knowing I've done the work in training helps keep me focused.
    2) My managers, Matt Clark/Brendan Bourke, look after the matchmaking for me - they find them and then we make a decision as a team.

    How would you describe your style for people who have never seen you fight? What is your trademark punch? How long before you think you will be ranked highly?
    I'd say I'm a counter-boxer that can punch. As far as a trademark punch, I'd have to say the name gives it away!
    As far as getting my ranking up goes... getting the better of "Shaggy" King will put me in good stead.

    Give us a bit of an insight into your career so far, and your ambitions in the future
    - Who are some fighters that inspire you etc. from Australia and overseas
    - Are you a "gym rat" ready to fight 24/7? Or do you take a bit of time off between fights?

    G'day mate.
    - I'm currently 10-1 and ready for a big 2015. As far as the future goes, I've been intensely focused on this Australian Title fight, so I'll think about what happens next on March 29th!
    - My overall favourite fighter is Floyd Mayweather Jr.
    - I do take a bit of time off between fights until we lock something in, but I still keep a good fitness up.

    Aside from the obvious, what other interests do you have?
    I enjoy all sports, (I was on the golf course today). Always gotta be keeping active. I don't sit still much
    Who are your favourite fighters to watch, both past and present and your favourite fights?
    Mayweather Jr and Adrien Broner are my favourites at the moment. In terms of the past, you can't go past the classics - Ali v Frazier trilogy!

    Have you fought any southpaws yet? Do you cope with them easy enough? Or did you feel really at sea with it at first? I know most fighters find it really strange first time up.
    I've only fought one Southpaw as a pro, and it didn't get past the first round, so I don't have much to go on just yet.

    You seem to really enjoy digging opponents with that left hook of yours. Whether it be to the head or the body. Is that something somebody specifically taught you? Or did it just come fairly natural to you?
    I find the left hook is a punch that I throw easily and feels natural. There's always room to fine tune and I'm always trying to perfect it.

    Do you think this is really is a golden time for Australian boxing?
    I think Aussie boxing is definitely on the up, and there's plenty of young talent. I'm happy to be a part of it.

    Where do you see yourself in five fights' time and what do have planned for those five fights, mate?
    As far as the next five go - it all depends on the outcome of this next fight - it will determine what path my career takes!

    Liam, how can fight fans see you in your Aussie super welter title fight against Shaggy King March 28?

    Thanks, great question!

    As you say, it's on March 28th at the Mansfield Tavern.
    Doors open 6.15pm, first fight 7pm.

    Ace Boxing Promotions are putting on the fights. For tickets, contact Angelo on 0414 620 296 and tell them "Left Hook" sent you. Sure to be a great night!

    Hey guys, thanks so much for your questions. This was my first forum Q&A!

    Sorry if I missed your question, but you can hit me up also on facebook: www.facebook.com/LiamHutchinsonBoxingbrisbane

    If you can make it to my first Australian Title fight on 28th March at the Mansfield Tavern, come and say hi.

    Thanks again for your time,

    Liam "Left Hook" Hutchie.

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    by Published on 14-01-15 02:37 PM  Number of Views: 883 
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    A big year for these men.

    Around this time last year I wrote about 3 heavyweights that would have a big 2014 - Lucas Browne, Derek Chisora & Deontay Wilder.

    Each had a year of differing success or non success. Wilder is about to fight for the WBC heavyweight title, Browne is trying to
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    Check Hook Boxing forum speaks to Jeff Horn

    Jeff Horn is an exciting welterweight prospect who is currently No1 in Australia and has a record of 8 fights, 7 wins -6 by KO.

    We would like to thank Jeff for his time, the Q&A was a huge success and is captured here:-

    There is talk of you fighting Zab Judah. You have taken all before you in the pro ranks so far. But looking at your results. You have only fought about 26 pro rounds. Judah would seem a huge call. What are your thoughts on the prospect of fighting him mate???

    Yes there is talk of me fighting Judah. Yes I have not fought that many rounds
    by Published on 29-05-14 03:31 PM  Number of Views: 3047 
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    John H previews what he thinks could be the best Super-Middleweight contest of the weekend, James DeGale Vs Brandon Gonzales.

    IBF Super-Middleweight Eliminator.

    Whilst all the talk over the last few months and especially the last week has been about the Froch Vs Groves fight, there is another super middleweight fight this weekend at Wembley which is possibly just as important for the fighters involved.

    DeGale Vs Gonzales is an IBF eliminator for the right to fight the winner of Froch Vs Groves and is a very intriguing fight indeed.

    James DeGale is the former Groves victim who has had an up and down pro career since winning Gold at middleweight at the Bejing Olympics. His career record stands at 18 wins (12 by KO) with 1 loss (against Groves in 2011). Since his defeat to Groves he has gone about his business quietly and effectively, without any of the brash arrogance that he had displayed previously and is now rightly in amongst the best super middleweights in the world (ranked 8 by BoxRec). Saturday night could be a defining night for him and may well lead to a chance of avenging his defeat to Groves.

    DeGale's opponent is Brandon Gonzales.The very self confident American is trained by Virgil Hunter who is also the trainer of possibly the best super middleweight in the world - Andre Ward. His record is very similiar to DeGales with 18 wins (10 by KO) and 1 draw and he is ranked 13 in the world by BoxRec.

    With most of the world seemingly (according to Sky) interested in the headline fight it is easy to have missed the needle that has been shown by both DeGale and Gonzales camps to each other.

    James DeGale told Sky Sports -

    "He [Gonzales] is very good fighter unbeaten and he's confident. He really thinks he's going to win, but the telling factor in this fight is going to be the distance, the rounds, This guy has never had a scheduled 12-rounder. He's never been 12 rounds and in fights - I've watched his last couple of fights - he dies. A good five rounds he has and he dies. I've had about nine scheduled 12-rounders. I've been 12 rounds five times, that's in you. You don't get fit for 12 rounds over a 10-week camp. It takes years. That's what is going to be the telling factor in this fight."

    Virgil Hunter responded to that with - You went 12 rounds with guys that extended you 12 rounds. These are B league guys that are extending you 12 rounds, Should they have been around after 12 rounds? Considering your pedigree, considering how much you think of yourself?

    An astute response from Hunter. Is DeGale as good as he thinks he is? Can he really challenge at the very, very top level?

    Eddie Hearn thinks there is a huge amount of pressure on DeGale -
    Theres a lot of pressure on him [DeGale], because he has to perform well, thats a difficult ask because really it should be about winning, but when youre at this level and at this kind of platform, you want to do it in style and make a statement. And thats what I think hes preparing himself to do. James DeGale is a real fight for Froch, so theres no reason why we couldnt take that fight. Froch Vs DeGale will be another huge fight in British boxing.

    DeGale can't see anything other than a win and is already looking to the future, perhaps a big mistake - Im in the mandatory position to fight the winner [Froch Vs Groves]. Its not about if they have to fight me; theyve got to fight me, so Im in a fantastic position. So whoever wins, theyll have to fight me within 120 days.

    On Saturday night the time for all the talking will be over and we will see which of these two very good fighters is ready to step up the very elite level of the 168lbs division.

    Is DeGale as good as he thinks? Possibly not. I think he believes he would beat Andre Ward if he was fighting him on Saturday, which he might one day, however not yet. Is he ready to challenge at the very, very top level? One day certainly. The fight against Gonzales will give a big indication - to both fighters - of the current level and what the future may possibly hold.

    This is certainly going to be a very good technical fight, perhaps even better than the headline fight. A second loss on DeGale's record could be the beginning of the end. A first loss for Gonzales in his first "big" fight will certainly change his future path, if indeed there will be one.

    As always the difference between an also ran and a challenger is a very fine line - on Saturday one of these two will cross that line.

    I wish them both well...
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    A Q&A with Joel Brunker by Check Hook Boxing forum members.

    Australian 27-0 undefeated featherweight contender 'Aussie' Joel Brunker recently took time out for a Q&A with members of the Check Hook Boxing Forum.

    Joel has been steadily climbing up the rankings in all sanctioning organisations. Brunker is rated No. 4 WBO, No. 6 IBF, No. 13 WBA, and No. 15 WBC respectively. Joel made his US debut in 2012 and 2014 could be a big year with Joel readying himself for a future world title shot.

    Thanks for taking the time to do this for us Joel:-

    Gary Russell jr and Vasyl Lomachenko are fighting for the vacant WBO FW title.
    Will you and Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo be fighting for a title shot at the winner?

    My team are currently working on my next fight as we speak. I can't reveal too much as nothing is confirmed but we are pushing for a title eliminator and there are a few names in the mix as possibly opponents.

    Joel you went to the Olympics in 2004, and the guy who eliminated you went on to win a medal.
    I'd like to know what it was like for you going off to Greece to represent your country, and whether the coaching system for the Aussie boxing team provided the fighters with the support they required when training and competing in their events?

    The Olympics were probably the highlight of my career so far. I had only been boxing for three years when I went so I was still pretty green. I did my training with the AIS and they were a great support for the fighters that went over.

    Who is your major sponsor Joel.

    Clifford flooring, Killa boxing, Ubox and Vitamin King

    I saw you lose a couple of decisions to Paul Fleming as an amateur. One at Flemings own gym tournament in Queensland that you should have got the decision. Would you be interested in fighting Paul Fleming as a pro, and how do you think you could beat him?

    Paul and I have fought five times in the amateurs, we both won some and lost some but that was long time ago. I think Paul and I are going in different directions in our careers. Plus he is a super featherweight now and I make featherweight comfortably. Anything in the future is a possibility but it is not likely at the moment

    I understand you and Billy Dib have sparred on numerous occasions.
    A few of us, myself included would like to see you fight Billy (and give him a caning).
    How likely is this?

    A fight with Billy was something I have always wanted for the Australian public. It has been talked about but that is as far as it has gotten so far. It might be something that could happen in the future but right now I am focused on putting myself in a position to fight for a world title.

    You are undefeated after 27 fights. A great platform to work off. Who do you rate your toughest opponent so far?

    That is hard to say. The slipperiest and hardest to hit would be Mike Oliver. The best technical boxer would be Ivan Hernandez. Biggest war was Riovalle. Hardest hitter would be Adonis Aguelo

    What are your plans for the rest of 2014?
    Do your plans involve fighting in the U.S or would you prefer to fight a local opponent in a big local show?

    My plans are to take on any fight I need to so I get myself a number 1 spot to fight for a title. I will be fighting in America, it is where the big fights and exposure is. I will hopefully have my next fight organised soon.

    What was it like fighting and beating Mike Oliver last up in the States on the Daniel Geale vs Darren Barker card?
    Also. Did you get to see the main event? If so what were your thoughts on Geale's loss mate??

    It was great! I was not happy with how I fought in that fight but I was happy to be on a big card in America. I was disappointed for Geale, I thought he won that fight.

    What is the best advice you could give to young blokes in the amateurs?

    Train hard! Be the first in the gym and last to leave. Whenever you feel like you are training your hardest always try and give that little bit extra.

    What do you think of Lee Selby? Selby's promoter Eddie Hearn has mentioned you as a possible opponent many times, has the fight been offered?

    I have sparred Selby before he is a good fighter. No fight has ever been offered to me but it is a fight that could happen down the track.

    Is there a particular world title you have your eye on at the moment? WBA? WBC? IBF? WBO?
    Or is it just a matter of where the opportunity might arise for you?

    Whoever gives me the shot at a belt I will go for

    You've had 2 fights in the US, the first was a devastating 1st round KO, and the second was a solid UD against Mike Oliver.
    How has the feedback been from the US considering the good results you've had?

    I have been welcomed by the US fan base. I think they really enjoy my come forward fighting style.

    The Mexican Edgar Riovalle must have been a wild man? Head clashes and all.

    He was a tough one but all Mexicans are. I felt in control of that fight but after the head clash I couldn't see his left hooks coming, too much blood in my eye.

    Who did you look up or aspire to be like as a fighter growing up?

    Definitely Sugar Ray Leonard

    Who are some of the guys you have sparred with and thoughts on their abilities?

    Too many to name. One of the toughest and under rated fighters I have sparred would be Ranee Ganoy......... so much power, he is a real monster of a fighter

    Who is your favourite active fighter?

    Miguel Cotto

    Who is your favourite retired fighter?

    Sugar Ray Leonard

    Joel even recently you've fought a lot of your bouts out of your hometown, Richmond NSW. Is this important to you to keep staging fights there?

    I love to fight in Richmond in front of friends and family but I need to take fights in the US, that is where you make a name for yourself

    In your US pro debut in 2012 you cut Carlos Fungenicio in half in the first round with a vicious body shot KO. How was that whole experience? Walk us through the fight?

    In that fight with Carlos I hadnt even settled in yet. I didnt go into the fight with the intention to go for a fast KO it just happened that way. I wanted to show the fans more of what I had but you cant argue with a first round KO. I trained in America for 8 weeks for a 100 second fight. I guess it goes to show that if you train hard you fight easy

    If you weren't a fighter, what would you be doing?

    I would definitely be a runner. I do heaps of it in my training and I have developed a real love for it

    Who would you prefer to fight out of Orlando Salido and Evgeny Gradovich?

    Either really. Salido because he is a veteran and he would be an amazing test but Gradovich because he is the new kid on the block and is a tough fighter. I guess that doesnt answer your question but since Salido has gone up weight I will say Gradovich

    You have only had 2 fights outside of Australia both in America. Do you have any plans to fight in the UK or Europe and increase your profile slightly more?

    If the right fight is offered in the UK I will be on the next plane there. I know a lot of people want me to fight Selby and when the time is right it may happen. I think at the moment we are both just chasing title shots.

    What's your walk around weight is and do you think you will stay at 126?

    It depends, if I am not training for a fight I can be walking around at 145. I make 126 really comfortably so I think I will stay at this weight for now.

    Your last fight was 9 months ago.
    I'm guessing this is a longer break than you'd like, are you having difficulty finding suitable opponents, or something else?

    I think I heard you were planning to be on the Daniel Geale/Garth Wood undercard, did a fight fall through or am I having a lend of myself?

    It has been a long break for me but I think my body needed it. Since I turned pro late in 2008 I have had 27 fights, that is more than 5 a year on average. I was looking at a world title fight when Geale v Wood was happening but it didnt end up happening. My team are very close to booking me in my next fight and it should be a big one if all goes to plan so stay tuned.

    That's fantastic Joel. I think you're answered all our questions. It would be great to get you in again to do a Q&A down the track but once again, thanks for your time.
    Feel free to drop by any time to drop some facts or an opinion.

    No worries at all, thanks for having me.

    Check Hook Boxing would like to thank Joel for his time in answering all the questions asked of him. We wish him well for the future
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    Lucas Browne Vs Eric Martel Bahoeli - Another Stepping Stone For Browne...

    A Fight For The Commonwealth Title - 26th April 2014.

    On Saturday evening Lucas Browne will step into the ring on the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield with the weight and expectation of a country on his shoulders. He will be aiming to be the first Australian to win the Commonwealth Title for 122 years. A win would also provide a huge boost to Browne's standing within the game, currently rated #11 by The WBC and in the top 15 by The WBA and IBF, Ricky Hatton (lucas' promoter) believes a win would push Lucas into the top 5 and on the verge of a world title shot. No pressure then!!

    Standing in his way is Eric Martel Bahoeli. Known as the hammer from Canada with a record of - won 10 (KO 7) + lost 3 (KO 2) + drawn 0 = 13. Bahoeli is a huge underdog according to the bookies for this fight. Some have him as more of a longshot than Leapai is against Klitschko. In his own words though Bahoeli says "I have been an underdog maybe 3 times before, so this is nothing new to me". He is ranked 48 in the world and 2nd, behind Stiverne in the Canadian rankings.

    What Bahoeli perhaps lacks in ability/experience he makes up for with confidence. This is what he said to Hatton Promotions -"I think I will cause another upset, I know he [Browne] is a hard puncher because he has a good record, but I think I'm too fast for him. He's a very tough guy and so am I so I expect a hard fight, but I think my chances are much better than people are saying. I've had 11 weeks of training for this fight, which is more than I've had for any other fight, and I think Browne will be surprised by how fast and strong I am."

    Lucas Brown is also confident going into this fight and hasn't ruled out the prospect of a decision, although that seems very unlikely - "I'm not a fan of judges' decisions, but I don't mind having to go the distance, I don't go looking for knockouts, but this is heavyweight boxing and I can win a fight with one punch. I know Bahoeli is a big boy who likes to come forward and brawl. I'm not planning on giving him the chance to make it his fight, though."

    Lucas has a record of won 19 (KO 17) + lost 0 (KO 0) + drawn 0 = 19 and is clearly being moved by his team towards a shot for the world title in the very near future. A fight I and many others would dearly love to see, before that there are a lot of other fights out there to keep himself in the public eye - Thompson is fighting Takam next, perhaps a fight against the winner in an eliminator? Or fight the winner of Fury Vs Chisora, perhaps even Stiverne or Arreola? Of course there is also Wilder to put into the mix...

    Whilst like any fight especially a heavyweight fight Bahoeli has a chance, I don't think it is much of a chance and I would be very surprised if he managed to survive past 5 rounds against Browne.

    A 5th round stoppage win for Lucas after a slight scare would be my outside bet, however I think Lucas will pass this stepping stone a lot earlier.

    I wish them both well...
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    Is It "The Lionheart's" Time?

    Klitschko Vs Leapai - Oberhausen, Germany, Sat 26th April.

    Wladimir Klitschko is the heavyweight champ of the world and has dominated his weight class for over a decade. He has a lot of critics, there are those who think his style is poor, there are others that say he is a champ in a very poor era.

    Whatever the thoughts and opinions the facts state a record for the WBO, WBO "Super", IBF, WBA "Super", The Ring and IBO Heavyweight champ which reads 61 wins - 3 losses, 51 wins by KO. Those are the stats of a champ which must be taken seriously and who, in my opinion, must be respected.

    Wlad has a huge advantages in weight, height and experience over his next opponent. Far too much for many to even care about this fight. BoxNation in the UK have decided against showing it and instead it will be shown free on Eurosport in the UK.

    In recent fights Klitschko has decided to use his sizable adavantages to jab and hold/push down his opponents into submission whilst sending most of the watching world into a very deep sleep. This is where the heart of the criticism against him lives. He has ability and a huge amount of power yet doesn't "use" it. Is this a fear being taken out with a single shot? A lot of people in the fight game believe him to have a glass jaw, his 3 losses all coming from a TKO, perhaps Leapai can find out and answer this question once and for all?

    Alex Leapai is the much travelled (some would say journeyman) fighter from Samoa via Australia. There is little much known about him outside his the southern hemisphere, perhaps this is about to change...

    His last fight was against Denis Boytsov in an eliminator for the WBO mandatory shot, not many gave him a chance. Importantly though he did, winning with a unanimous decision over 10 rounds.

    His record of 30 wins - 4 losses & 3 draws , 24 wins by KO looks alright on paper, yet you have to remember the last of those losses came against the very limited fighter Kevin Johnson in 2012 via a 9th round TKO. If "Kingpin" can stop him what chance does he have against the current best active heavyweight on the planet?

    Leapai is 6 foot Vs Klitschko's 6ft 6in, he weighs around 235 pounds Vs Klitschko's 245 and has only had just over half the amount of rounds Vs Klitschko's record and against much less able opponents too. His fight before Boytsov was against the world number 170, hardly fills you with confidence of his chances or with the desire to watch it? Looks like a Klitschko walk over? Perhaps?

    One thing you can not doubt is Leapai's supreme confidence going into this fight, he has been quoted in the couriermail.com as saying -

    Im really fired up to win this. Im going to prove to the world that anyone can turn their life around and be successful if they work hard and surround themselves with good people.
    I want people in 100 years to remember that a Samoan-born Aussie came out of nowhere and beat one of the best heavyweights of all time. Its been a long road to get to this stage but I will make sure the long ride has been worth it.
    Alex will be physically much stronger than Klitschko and he will hit much harder than him, too,
    Dan Tewson (Leapai's strength coach) said. He really believes in himself and thats half the battle already won.

    Leapai has power that is true, some will say he hasn't fought anyone of any stature, I would bet those same people say Deontay Wilder is the future. The same accusation could be aimed there - another time though. The point is Leapai has been given his shot as a mandatory and whether people agree or disagree, Wlad has almost always fought his mandatory irrespective of the abuse and/criticism he receives for it and this mandatory carries power.

    Klitschko has recently said he wishes to remain unbeaten for many years to come yet and surpass the undefeated 12 year reign of Joe Louis, however he has also said that his thoughts are very much with his brother Vitali, the people The Ukraine and their current struggle.

    Recently telling couriermail.com -
    Its a bizarre situation, My body has been training at the camp in Austria, but my mind is often with my brother and our compatriots in Ukraine. adding ominously -
    I am still extremely hungry and better than ever. A few years ago, I thought I couldnt improve, but my mission is still a long way from over. I want to box on for ten more years. I feel the combination of experience, athletic-ability, technique and strategy makes me the complete professional.

    So we have the best heavyweight of his generation against one of the alphabet challengers. Does Leapai stand any chance?

    Yes, of course he does, this is boxing, heavyweight boxing.

    For those who have seen Leapai fight you will know that he has devastating hooks and uppercuts. Should he be able to throw one which connects with Wlad during or just after a "clinch" then the fight will fall in his favour. He has to get beyond Klitschko's jab however, which will be difficult and will more than likely mean having to feel it on more than a few occasions. If, and that is a huge if, he can get beyond that he has a chance.

    Leapai has to stay disciplined against Klitschko. One mistake and he will be punished. One lunge or one defensive error and Klitschko's power could mean the end of the night for Alex.

    I think it is going to be a very boring opening 3 or 4 rounds for the casual fan, the purist might liken it to a game of chess. As the fight progresses I see a lot of the Klitschko jab and clinches and pushing down on the smaller man however, eventually I see an explosive finish - Will Leapai be crowned the first Australian heavyweight champ for 106 years ? - I think there is every possibility that he may be.

    I wish them both well...
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