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Kiwi connection to take on Wladimir Klitschko

Alex Leapai is talking a good fight after officially signing to fight world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, bringing another Kiwi connection to one of sport's greatest prizes.

Leapai's April 26 bout with the great Klitschko marks just the second time a Samoan has fought for the heavyweight championship of the world - the prize fight in Oberhausen, Germany coming 14 years after David Tua took on Lennox Lewis in Las Vegas.

Leapai lived in New Zealand between the ages of four and 12 after his family moved here from Samoa.

Like All Blacks and league great Sonny Bill Williams, he attended Owairaka Primary School in Mt Albert and played rugby league for Marist.

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