Klitschko takes out Leapai in 5
- Updated: April 26, 2014
Heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) successfully defended his title on Saturday night with a fifth round knockout over Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KOs) at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
Klitschko established his jab from the onset and made the shorter Leapai uncomfortable, as he peppered him with jabs and right hands. Midway through the first round, Klitschko nailed Leapai with a one-two that sent him down to the canvas. It wasn’t a particularly punishing shot, as it seemed to graze Leapai on the base of his neck (he was bending down at the time), and he was able to get up quickly.
However, Klitschko continued to dominate the fight from the outside and even mixed in plenty of left hooks for good measure. It was a one-sided affair and in the fifth round, Klitschko dropped Leapai two more times, with the final knockdown causing the referee to wave it off.
The win marked Klitschko’s 16th consecutive title defense.