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Wladimir Klitschko vs Alex Leapai: Will challenger be the second coming of Corrie Sanders?

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As his April 26th mandatory WBO title defense with contender Alex Leapai draws closer, universally recognized Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko continues to put the finishing touches on his preparation for the hard punching Samoan native.

While currently coaching the dominant and long reigning champ in Austria, Head trainer and Heavyweight contender Johnathon Banks talks about the dangers of fighting an opponent like the 34 year old knock-out artist.

"I don't like the fight, in my personal opinion," candidly states the knowledgeable Detroit based trainer and fighter.

"Because I hate fighting guys with nothing to lose. When you're facing other title holders or young fighters, they're a bit more cautious in the ring because a lot is at stake."

"But when you're fighting a guy who is 34 years old and has a checkered resume with a big punch, they're usually willing to leave it all in the ring."

In 2003, Wladimir faced a very dangerous, 37 year old puncher by the name of Corrie Sanders, who went into his fight with Klitschko having everything to gain and nothing to lose.

The late South African sniper floored the reigning WBO title holder four times en route to pulling off the colossal upset and capturing the coveted championship.

Leapai earned his title opportunity by upsetting previously undefeated and highly regarded Heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov by way of a wide twelve round unanimous decision last November.

Can the 6'0" Australian based fighter pull off the improbable upset on April 26th, just as "The Sniper" shocked the world eleven years ago?

The dominant Heavyweight champion is preparing for an extremely dangerous assignment.

"Alex surprised a lot of people in boxing by beating Denis Boystov last year and becoming the WBO mandatory challenger," claims Wladimir Klitschko. "I didn't choose Alex as an opponent, but I saw his fight with Boytsov and he did a good job."

"Leapai is not your typical technical challenger and contender. He has a lot of natural strength and ability that he uses in the ring, and he has been successful with it. I expect him to try and throw a lot of dangerous haymakers in this contest, which always makes for a very exciting fight."

"I know there are a lot of critics who aren't expecting very much from Leapai in this fight, but a fighter who is unpredictable in the ring is very hard to prepare for. I really think he's going to give me a very good fight on April 26th."

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"So I won't be looking past Alex Leapai. I'm not thinking about a vacation or fighting for my brother's WBC title...I'm completely focused on my April 26th fight."

Wladimir Klitschko versus Alex Leapai will take place at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Wesfalen, Germany, for the universally recognized Heavyweight Championship on April 26th.


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