Wladimir Klitschko 247.4, Alex Leapai 248


RING/IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko weighed 247.4 pounds to 248 for challenger Alex Leapai in advance of Klitschko's Saturday's defense Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

The 34-year-old Leapai (30-4-3, 24 knockouts) will represent the 25th title fight and the 16th defense for Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs), a 38-year-old who has been stopped in the 11th round by Ross Puritty in December 1998, in the second round by Corrie Sanders in March 2003 and in the fifth round by Lamon Brewster in April 2004.

But since falling to Brewster, a loss he avenged by sixth-round knockout in July 2007, Klitschko has won 19 consecutive bouts, 13 of them by stoppage, having last been in action for a unanimous decision over Alexander Povetkin last October for which he weighed 241.6 pounds compared to 225.75 pounds for his previously unbeaten rival.

In Leapai, Klitschko faces a 6-foot fighter coming off November's unanimous decision victory over Denis Boytsov, who was floored in the seventh and ninth rounds.