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BERLIN, February 03. /ITAR-TASS/. World’s heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine will defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion titles against WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai of Australia on April 26 in Germany’s Oberhausen.
Leapai (30-4, 24 KOs, 3 draws) became the WBO mandatory challenger following last November’s victory over previous mandatory and then-undefeated Denis Boytsov of Russia.
The contract for the bout was inked by Klitschko on Monday and following the signing SkySports.com quoted the 37-year-old Ukrainian, nicknamed ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ as saying: “I am wary, but I will prepare myself as well as I can and I'm looking forward to a great challenge.”
Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) will be celebrating his 38th birthday next month and his latest title-defense bout was held last October in Moscow, where he defeated Russia’s WBA mandatory Alexander Povetkin.
Leapai was originally born in Samoa and at the age of four moved to Australia with his parents, where he began his professional boxing career in 2004.
"Everyone talks to me about Wladimir's 61 victories and how great he is, but all I'm thinking about are his three defeats against opponents who can't strike as hard as I can,” SkySports.com quoted Leapai as saying.
Wladimir currently holds four out of five heavyweight champion titles. The WBC champion belt belonged to his elder brother Vitaly Klitschko, but the title became vacant after Vitaly, nicknamed as ‘Dr. Ironfist,’ announced in December that he quit professional boxing to concentrate on politics in Ukraine.