Nobody really knows what to make of Alex Leapai, and the gaping lack of information circulating about the Samoan makes it difficult to dish out boxing betting tips. But I’m going to try because this Saturday’s heavyweight championship bout is worth taking a gander at if you’re a big fan of the sport. The Leapai-Klitschko bout is scheduled for 12 rounds of heavy handed awesomness, and comes to you this Saturday, April 26th at 3pm EST (check your local listings).
I shouldn’t have to really explain who Wladimir Klitschko is. The younger brother of Vitali Klitschko is a legend in the sport and has been a heavyweight champion for nearly a decade. At a staggering record of 61-3 SU, which includes 51 knockouts, Klitschko is one of the greatest heavyweights to ever grace this planet. He is the reigning WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring Heavyweight title holder. Basic boxing betting tips pretty much advise that you never bet against him.
However, this weekend Klitschko is an unusually high favorite at -1100 making it very difficult to leverage enough money to make any scratch off his back. His opponent, Alex Leipai is a distant +700 underdog. Klitschko is obviously the legend in this matchup, but Leapai is making some history of his own.
Leapai is of Samoan decent and like so many that share his cultural heritage, he calls Australia his home. There hasn’t been an Australian in a heavyweight championship fight for over a century. That’s right – the last time an Australian was involved in such a fight was July, 1907. Leapai is making history just by stepping in the ring this weekend.
He’s also raising quite a stink in the process. At 30-4-3 SU, Leapai is a decorated fighter in his regional circuit and came up with a sudden upset over Denis Boystov, who was one of Klistschko’s mandated WBO challengers. Nobody with their head screwed on properly would’ve given any boxing betting tips that had Leapai toppling Boystov, but it happened, much to the chagrin of the boxing world.
Does Leapai have a puncher’s chance against Klitschko? Of course he does. But its’ extremely unlikely. Klitschko not only possesses tremendous knockout power, he’s also a cerebral tactician who knows how to time his punches properly and counter when his opponents are over aggressive. Three of Klitschko’s last five fights have been decided by knockout. He’s not scared to trade punches, and nobody has really been able to make the Dr. Steelhammer look even remotely vulnerable.
The biggest gamblers in the world will be well prepared to throw a ton of money at the champ because it always pays out; you just need a huge bankroll and an iron stomach to make it worth your while. For the more regular Joes out there (myself included), Leapai is a worthy $50 chip shot in the dark. I don’t usually like suggesting that a puncher’s chance is worth the gamble in my boxing betting tips, but I don’t have much to go in with Leapai since he’s such an enormously unknown commodity.