In addition, Valcarcel said that Klitschko’s management team, K2 Promotions, and Leapai’s manager, Noel Thornberry, have been granted 30 days within which to negotiate a deal for the bout to prevent a purse bid.
“The WBO’s committee has decided that Leapai will be the mandatory, and that Klitschko must face Leapai,” said Valcarcel. “And they also ordered a 30-day negotiation period to make the fight, and if not, then we will have the purse bid.”
Leepai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) is coming off last month’s unanimous decision victory over Denis Boytsov (33-1, 26 KOs), who was floored in the seventh and ninth rounds.
A winner by scores of 96-92 on the cards of Gerhard Sigl and Matteo Montella, and 98-92 on that of Zolton Enyedi, Leapai entered the bout having scored four straight knockout victories since being stopped in the ninth round by Kevin Johnson in April of 2012.
Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) was last in the ring for his 19th straight victory during a run that includes 13 knockouts, having unanimously decisioned previously unbeaten Alexander Povetkin in October.
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