Alex Leapai has caused a major upset by defeating Denis Boytsov, the number 1 contender to Wladimir Klitschko's WBO crown. The Aussie has earned a title shot against the towering Ukrainian.
LOGAN delivery driver Alex Leapai has created Queensland sporting history and will fight for the heavyweight boxing championship of the world against Ukraine's Olympic gold medallist Wladimir Klitschko.
Leapai scored a punishing 10-round decision over German-based Russian Denis Boytsov in Bamberg, Germany this morning to become the top contender for the imperious world champ.
The Brisbane strongman dropped the previously unbeaten Boytsov twice in winning a lopsided decision.
Boytsov went into the fight as the No. 1 contender for Klitschko's WBO title, having never lost in 33 starts after a stellar amateur career that also saw him hold a world junior championship.
But he could not handle the physical strength and brute force of the crude but effective 111kg powerhouse from Brisbane.
Leapai took the decision 98-90 and 96-92 (twice) and burst into tears at the decision.
His manager Noel Thornberry will begin negotiating for the Klitschko fight tomorrow.