Scott talks big in lead-up to Leapai bout

Published: 29 Oct 2014

If he punches as big as he talks, Malik Scott is certainly going to be a formidable opponent for Logan's favourite son, Alex "Lionheart" Leapai.

Humble Leapai and the flamboyant American with lock horns on Friday night in what promises to be a gripping heavyweight bout at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre at Crestmead.

At the press call today at the Browns Plains Rd venue, Scott certainly didn't pull any punches, boasting he would "dominate", citing the parochial support of his hometown would not be enough to lift Leapai to the win.

"That don't really bother me; if in the ring it was all of them (Leapai supporters) against me I would be worried, but if it is just Alex, a boxer of my talent doesn't get worried," he said.

"I've been doing this since I was 12 and I am home when I am in the ring so the pressure is really on him – he will be fighting in my home. I am ready to go; I just can't wait to have my hand raised in victory.

"I just have to turn up and be Malik Scott and the fight is mine. I'm coming to win and look spectacular."

Leapai said he had recovered from the calf injury which had forced the one-week delay of the fight and the fact his battle against Scott would be held on Halloween, one of America's most celebrated occasions, was not lost on him.

"It is going to be good; at the end of the night he is going to look like a clown and I will be the one collecting all of the lollies," Leapai said.

 "Noel and I have trained hard for this fight and we are going in to win; whatever he (Scott) brings on the night, we will be ready.

"I have wanted to bring a fight to my hometown and I am looking forward to being able to put on a good show for the good people of Logan who have supported me and been so kind to me for a long time.

"Whatever he brings, my job is to focus on my fight; it is going for 10 rounds and every round has to be spot on. Whatever he has, I say bring it on, bring it on."

Leapai's long-time trainer Noel Thornberry is calling on Logan residents to show their support and respect for Lionheart and attend the bout.

"This city means everything to Alex and it would mean so much to him if his city came out on Friday to cheer him on; hometown support could just prove the difference between the two," he said.

Good tickets are available for as little as $50 and are available at www.ticketek.com.au

The first undercard fight starts at 7pm with the Leapai versus Scott contest expected to get underway at about 9.30pm.

Leapai fans are in for a treat before Friday 's bout with the official weigh-in to be held at the Hyperdome Piazza on Thursday at 6pm. The public weigh-in will give locals the chance to meet Leapai and Scott before the contest and buy tickets. Tickets will also be available at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on the night.

* Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre is at 357 Browns Plains Rd, Crestmead.

Alex Leapai and Malik Scott