Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alex Leapai: Preview and Prediction for Title Fight

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Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alex Leapai: Preview and Prediction for Title Fight
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Aging can be a drag in places like the weight room or the doctor's office. But it has some advantages. As you get older, you are afforded the luxury of looking back in your memory on the times when "things were better."

I'm old enough to remember when a world heavyweight title fight was the biggest sports story of the week, pretty much any time it happened. Sure, it might hurt my knees for days after any time I put anything close to 300 pounds on the bar at the squat rack, and I might have to endure lectures from my doctor on why she doesn't think India pale ales should be a staple of my diet.

But that's a small price to pay for being one of the guys who remembers what it used to be like, when the heavyweight boxing championship of the world was still properly recognized as the biggest title in sports.

Wladimir Klitschko, the best heavyweight boxer on the planet, returns to action this Saturday in Germany, against Australian Alex Leapai. The fight comes at a time when Wladi's older brother, Vitali, is heavily involved in the most potentially dangerous global-political situation since the end of the Cold War.

So there's a lot of drama here. There's a champion who has dominated for a decade climbing back into the ring.

It's more interesting than the opening round of the two-month-long NBA playoffs or early-season baseball, no matter what your local sports radio station and co-workers at the water cooler might think.

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