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Klitschko KOs Leapai in 5th

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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robb.corless April 26 2014 at 10:27 PM

Big Dude...

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kgc073 April 27 2014 at 9:47 AM

I was just thinking that they normally they don't show video of the fights,just still pics. Maybe that changed?

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ramonbatt April 27 2014 at 9:45 AM

So happy to see him win. I have become a huge part of Ukrainian myself, my life long companion is from Ukraine born in Yalta lives in Simferopol. A mess right now. The west has fail. Now I hope Ukraine will not fight Russia because it will be blooded.

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tfd3326 April 27 2014 at 9:13 AM

Klitschko has fought how many world class fighters? Has anyone even looked at the names on the complete list of Klitschko's fights? Hasim Rahman, Lamon Brewster, Ray Mercer?? These guys are the best Klitschko has beaten? Vladimir Klitscho has been the beneficiary of a lame heavyweight division. The champ has power and I congratulate the man for his accomplishments, but there are many great former heavyweight champions that would easily make him look like a chump. He hasn't felt true pressure in that ring during his entire career.

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ramonbatt tfd3326 April 27 2014 at 9:49 AM

Well? Why is he the champ? Because he has beating and knock few down!

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a2004ssr tfd3326 April 27 2014 at 11:43 AM

Finally a guy who knows boxing , you are exactly right. There were top 10 contenders in the past that never became champ that are better fighters than Klitschko. He's the champ of the bum of the month club , and lucky he wasnt around from the 70's to early 2000's. That goes for his brother too.

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yellowberry3535 April 27 2014 at 9:09 AM

wow!!! the heavyweight division still exist??!!

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BILLY April 27 2014 at 7:53 AM

Glory to Ukraine.

Amen.

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gjraf April 27 2014 at 7:47 AM

Good but dominating fight

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jcollina April 27 2014 at 6:24 AM

A terrible mismatch that was no fun to watch.

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SKCRCPUSCG April 27 2014 at 1:28 AM

The Ukraine needs a few heros about now , I'd say thy have a good one in Kiltschko ... Here's wishing him and his country all the best for a free and independent future.

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givenchygirrl April 27 2014 at 9:56 AM

he is 1 sexy beast..........

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