Alex Leapai to fight in his own backyard

A SHORT postponement of Alex Leapai’s World heavyweight boxing showdown with American Malik Scott in Brisbane, will see the hometown favourite gain backyard support at the Logan Metro Sports Centre on October 31.

Alex and trainer Noel Thornberry will check out the Logan facilities and also update media on his recovery from a calf strain that had created a lower back complaint.

The Leapai-Malik Scott bout marks a world-class confrontation between two boxers hungry for redemption.


Both are coming off last round losses; Leapai was stopped in the fifth round of his World title showdown with Wladimir Klitschko in Germany last April, while Scott had his undefeated professional run of 36 wins halted with two successive losses in the last two years, against highly rated Englishman Dereck Chisora and the WBC’s top contender, American Deontay Wilder.

In all likelihood, the victor from their October 31 duel will have their World title aspirations back on track, while the loser may well be considering their future away from international boxing.

Thirty-three year-old Scott is a lookalike for basketball great Dennis Rodman. Standing at 6’4 he has a distinct 10cm advantage over Leapai and is a former Junior Olympics and Junior World Amateur champion.

Leapai, 34, became the first Australian in 106 years to fight for the World heavyweight title.

The Brisbane father of six wants nothing more than a second chance at a World title, in a sport that has already provided him a second chance in life.