Leapai still rated an outside chance for world heavyweight title

Leapai still rated an outside chance for world heavyweight title

Leapai still rated an outside chance for world heavyweight title

Updated 25 April 2014, 16:27 AEST

On Sunday April 27, Australia's Samoan-born heavyweight Alex Leapai will attempt to topple the man who's been world champion for a decade, Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko.

The Samoan-born boxer has shown sporting prowess for most of his life, but threw away a promising rugby league career when he attacked a referee.

Any further sporting ambitions he had were cut short when he was jailed for assault.

But he says he found God in prison, and a new start in life in boxing.

Leapai has fought 37 times in his career for 30 wins, four losses and three draws, including 24 knockouts.

He qualified for the bout of his life in November last year when he caused a huge upset by beating the number one contender Denis Boytsev in Germany.

He knocked Boytsev down twice, before winning a unanimous points decision.

Leapai now faces the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion in Klitschko, who has not been beaten in the ring in 10 years, but he says he has no plans to be Klitschko's fall guy.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Alex Leapai, heavyweight contender, Paul Upham, secondsout.com.