Our Lionheart to fight on home turf

Published: 22 Oct 2014

He took the City of Logan to the world six months ago, and now heavyweight boxer Alex Leapai is bringing the world's sporting eyes to his hometown.

The first Australian to fight for the world heavyweight title in 106 years when he took on Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in April, Leapai's courage and determination in the lead up and during the world title bout earned him the respect and admiration of many throughout the world.

His efforts saw him receive the Key to the City from Mayor Pam Parker on his return.

Originally scheduled for Friday October 24, the bout against American Malik Scott was moved to Friday 31 October after Leapai sustained a calf injury.

It will now be held at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre at Crestmead. The Council-owned facility is the home of the city's Sporting Hall of Fame - where Leapai will also be the first inductee.
For Leapai and his team, including coach Noel Thornberry, the injury may have been a blessing in disguise with both excited about the opportunity for Leapai to fight Scott on his home soil.

"It means everything for me to be able to fight in front of my home crowd; it will give us the chance to give something back to the good people of Logan for all of their love and support," Leapai said.

"I am in better shape, mentally and physically, than when I fought Klitschko and I am confident I will get the win.

"The home crowd will certainly make a difference; they will lift me without a doubt and I am going to put on a great show for them."

Seating at Logan Metro is limited to 2,100 and Leapai is adamant every seat will provide a great vantage. Among the expected parochial crowd will be Leapai's wife Theresa and their six children.

"They haven't seen me fight live before so it is going to be great having their love and support in the crowd for me; I will be fighting for them and the people of Logan; I want to set a good example for my family and the people of my city," Leapai said.

"Every fight is tough and this will certainly be a hard fight - Malik is a very tough opponent - but with the strength of a home crowd I am confident I can win."

Tickets to the Friday October 31 world-class bout start at only $50 and can be bought at www.ticketek.com.au.

First fight is scheduled to start at about 7pm with Leapai and Scott expected to step in the ring at about 9.30-10pm.

Alex Leapai in the gym at Logan Metro.