|Residence||Logan City, QLD|
Nicknamed “the Lionheart”, Alex Leapai was a 15-year pro boxer with 44 fights under his name and only retiring in 2019 at the age of 40. He was also the first Australian to fight in a world heavyweight title in 106 years. Alex is of Samoan descent, but his family moved to New Zealand when he was 7 years old and settled in Logan, Queensland when he turned 13.
Though he had a long boxing career, his first love was actually the sport of rugby. He played for the Logan Brothers in a junior rugby league and with the London Broncos in the Super League. He also earned a scholarship and a contract with the North Queensland Cowboys.
However, at the age of 25, he discovered his true passion and began his career as a pro boxer. He went to win 32 matches, 26 via KO and won 4 titles to his name. These heavyweight championships include the OPBF, IBF, WBO Oriental, and WBO Asia Pacific. His most famous match was against Wladimir Klitschko in April 2014 for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight titles. Although he lost, he earned the admiration and love of Australian fans worldwide.