Klitschko KOs Leapai in 5th

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Klitschko KOs Leapai To Retain Belts

OBERHAUSEN, Germany (AP) -- Wladimir Klitschko toyed with Alex Leapai and knocked him out in the fifth round to retain his four heavyweight belts on Saturday.

Klitschko, taller with a longer reach, controlled the fight at will, scoring with left jabs and straight rights with hardly any opposition from the Samoan-born Australian.

Leapai went down when he was hit with a left-right combination. He got up but Klitschko put him away for good with 58 seconds left in the fifth.

"Glory to Ukraine," Klitschko said after his one-sided win.

Klitschko recorded his 53rd KO in 62 wins, with three defeats. Leapai dropped to 30-5, with three draws. In his 25th world championship fight, Klitschko retained his WBA and IBF heavyweight belts, plus the minor WBO and IBO versions.

Leapai, the first Australian challenger in 106 years, never had a chance. The only time he ever got close to the bigger Ukrainian was just before getting floored in the fifth.

He took an eight count in the first round, although he claimed to have slipped.

Leapai's only chance was to try to get inside, but Klitschko easily stopped him with his effective jab. Leapai appeared to finally hit Klitschko in the fifth but the champion replied with a barrage and put the Australian down. Leapai got up but was clearly shaken, and Klitschko finished him off with a huge right to the jaw.

"It wasn't easy, my head was in Ukraine and what is going on there. I hope there is no war and people dying. I am proud of my people," Klitschko said.

Klitschko's elder brother, Vitali, who has retired from boxing to run for political office in Kiev and who has been one of the leading opposition figures in Ukraine, was in Wladimir's corner as usual. Vitali's wife, Natalia, sang the Ukraine national anthem before the fight.

"It was textbook fighting by Wladimir. He did not make a mistake," Vitali said.

Leapai, a delivery truck driver, said it was time to "go back to the gym."

"I tried to take the fight to him and it didn't work. I am all right, I was waiting for my opportunity but he is a champion and a great fighter," Leapai said.

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World boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, left, knocks down Samoan-born Australian challenger Alex Leapai during their IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight title bout in Oberhausen, Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Klitschko won the fight by technical knock out in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
World boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, right, punches Samoan-born Australian challenger Alex Leapai during their IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight title bout in Oberhausen, Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Klitschko won the fight by technical knock out in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
World boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko is hit under his belt by Samoan-born Australian challenger Alex Leapai during their IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight title bout in Oberhausen, Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Klitschko won the fight by technical knock out in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
World boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, left, knocks down Samoan-born Australian challenger Alex Leapai for the second time during their IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight title bout in Oberhausen, Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Klitschko won the fight by technical knock out in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
World boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, right, fights Samoan-born Australian challenger Alex Leapai during their IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight title bout in Oberhausen, Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Klitschko won the fight by technical knock out in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
World boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, left, knocks down Samoan-born Australian challenger Alex Leapai for the third time during their IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight title bout in Oberhausen, Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Klitschko won the fight by technical knock out in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
World boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, right, fights Samoan-born Australian challenger Alex Leapai during their IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight title bout in Oberhausen, Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Klitschko won the fight by technical knock out in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine, right, punches his Australian challenger Alex Leapai during their heavyweight world title boxing bout in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine walks past his Australian challenger Alex Leapai, bottom, after knocking him down during their heavyweight world title boxing bout in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine, right, punches his Australian challenger Alex Leapai during their heavyweight world title boxing bout in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine, right, punches his Australian challenger Alex Leapai during their heavyweight world title boxing bout in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine, right, knocks down his Australian challenger Alex Leapai during their heavyweight world title bout in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine, right, punches his Australian challenger Alex Leapai during their heavyweight world title bout in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine, right, looks to his Australian challenger Alex Leapai as he falls during their heavyweight world title bout in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine, right, punches his Australian challenger Alex Leapai during their heavyweight world title boxing bout in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine celebrates with Ukrainian flags after winning the heavyweight world title bout against his Australian challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine, left, celebrates with his brother Vitali Klitschko after winning the heavyweight world title bout against his Australian challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
World boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko celebrates with the Ukrainian flag after defeating Samoan-born Australian challenger Alex Leapai following their IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight title bout in Oberhausen, Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Klitschko won the fight by technical knock out in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
World boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko gestures to supporters after defeating Samoan-born Australian Alex Leapai following their IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight title bout in Oberhausen, Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Klitschko won the fight by technical knock out in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
US actress Hayden Panettiere, right, takes a selfie with a staff member of IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine before hisheavyweight world title bout against Australian challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Natalia Klitschko, left, wife of Ukrainian politician and former boxer Vitali Klitschko, and US actress Hayden Panettiere, right, girl friend of IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine watch Wladimir Klitschko's heavyweight world title boxing fight against his Australian challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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