Wladimir Klitschko retains heavyweight title against Alex Leapai in predictable, boring manner

Remember Muhammed Ali vs. George Foreman? Or Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson? Well, Saturday’s heavyweight championship bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany, was nothing like that.


Wladimir Klitschko, left, and Alex Leapai. (Bernd Thissen/EPA)

As most analysts predicted, the 112.2-kilo, 6-foot-6 Ukrainian Klitschko won with ease, landing 147 total punches on the 112.5-kilo, 6-foot Australian Leapai, causing American referee Big Eddie Cotton to call the fight 2 minutes 5 seconds into the fifth round.

The smaller, softer Leapai exhibited neither power nor athleticism, which did not go unnoticed by viewers on Twitter – well, at least the ones that didn’t fall asleep during this snoozefest.

But at least the weigh-in was exciting. Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs made his presence known Friday when he busted into the weigh-in news conference, popped his shirt off and demanded he fight get to fight Klitschko, Daily Mail reported. Briggs lost to Klitschko’s brother, Vitaly, in 2010. Now if only even a smidgen of that passion was exhibited in the ring on Saturday…

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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