Originally written on Players View  |  Last updated 12/5/14

KIEL, GERMANY - DECEMBER 20: WBA internationale Meisterschaft im Schwergewicht 2003, Kiel; Wladimir KLITSCHKO/UKR - Danell NICHOLSON/USA; Sieger Wladimir KLITSCHKO/UKR (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images)
A bout involving either of the Klitschko brothers airing in the U.S. has become rarer as the years have passed. The undisputed kings of boxing‘s heavyweight division don’t provide the pizazz and excitement in their bouts that glues people to their seats near a television. The two are technically brillant boxers who overwhelm, outclass and beat their opponents. There isn’t anything extraordinary to their careers other than collectively dominating the heavyweight division for the last 11 years. However, it seems that ESPN doesn’t care about a lack of pizazz and is willing to take a chance on a Klitschko bout since it will also mean airing a heavyweight title bout. Bad Left Hook has reported that America’s largest cable sports channel has bought the rights to air Wladimir Klitschko‘s upcoming title bout against Alex Leapai. The bout takes place on April 26 and will be for Klitschko’s heavyweight titles. The titles at stake will be Wladimir’s IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO heavyweight titles; the only heavyweight title Wladimir doesn’t possess is his brother Vitali‘s WBC heavyweight title. With Vitali’s retirement and move into politics, it may not be long before Wladimir officially becomes the undisputed heavyweight champion, a title he is now universally been given within the boxing world with his brother seemingly done competing. Leapai has been giving virtually no chance of winning this bout, and for good reason. Possessing a record of 30-4-3 could be considered good for any boxer, but it doesn’t fit the bill for someone fighting for the heavyweight championship, especially with no top-tier or name heavyweights on Leapai’s list of defeated opponents. On the flip side, Wladimir’s last bout was a very sloppy performance against Alexander Povetkin where he still won every round on the scorecards and scored multiple knockdowns during the bout. Wladimir has fought nine times in the last five years and have won all nine bouts with five of those wins coming by knockout or TKO, three by decision where Wladimir has lost two combined rounds at most, and his win over Ruslan Chagaev in June 2009 came when the bout was stopped after round nine. With boxing starting to make something of a comeback on pay-per-view and in popular opinion over the last 18 months or so, ESPN obviously wants to get in on the action. ESPN used to be the best place to watch boxing on cable TV, but has noticeably slipped (along with the rest of the sport) over the last decade. They are trying to raise their standing in terms of boxing broadcasts and have probably been motivated to do so with other cable channels like NBC Sports Network and Fox Sports 1 airing the sport on a fairly regular basis. Follow Phil on Twitter @PhilClark19. You can also follow him on Google+ and his Facebook page. Photo Credit: Getty Images The post Wladimir Klitschko’s April 26 bout against Alex Leapai to air on ESPN appeared first on Players View.
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