Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko showed he’s still the world’s number one, by beating Australian Alex Leapai in a fifth round knockout in Germany.
Klitschko, 38, is now unbeaten in a record ten years, and retains all his world heavyweight titles.
Leapai, who beat Denis Boystov in November to set up the meeting with Klitschko, was aiming to be the first Australian to win the heavyweight title, but he never got a chance to make headway in the fight, after being knocked down in just over a minute, in a battle which was always going to go one way.
Klitschko, who is unbeaten since his 2004 loss to Lamon Brewster has a knockout rate of 80% in 64 professional fights, and Leapai was the underdog by a considerable margin going into the fight, despite his own decent record of 24 knockouts in 30 pro fights.
However Klitschko said afterwards that the fight hadn't been as easy as it looked, and that he found it difficult to concentrate, given the state of unrest in his native Ukraine.
"It wasn't easy. There are no easy opponents,” he said reported by BBC Sport:
"I hope things will be stabilised.”