Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Lionheart on Title Track

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Lionheart on Title Track

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Byline: Jamie Gallagher

LOGAN City puncher Alex "Lionheart" Lepai will continue his campaign toward a shot at a World Heavyweight Championship when he faces Perth-based South African, Pieter Cronje, in a much anticipated return slugfest at the Southport RSL on February 20.

Last September Samoan-born Lepai - ranked number one in Australia - won a hard fought ten round decision over Cronje in an absolute epic which rivalled the Hopoate - Mirovic battle.

That win gave Lepai the WBF Australasian title and moved him into contention for a shot at the WBF world title.

With former IBF world champ Frans Botha doing battle with Texas based Mexican Rocky Guerrero for the vacant WBF belt in South Africa at the end of this month, the winner of the Lepai and Cronje bout may just find themself in one corner for the world title by mid-year.

Promoter Jamie Myer initially looked to America for an opponent, but Cronje's team chased a rematch with divided opinions on the winner last time around.

Many ringsiders felt Cronje had deserved the nod.

Also on the card for February 20 is a Queensland super middleweight title tilt between Burleigh's Will 'Hardcore' Hadlow and Warwick's tough Terry Lambert.

Quintessential journeyman Hadlow has challenged for a state title on five previous occasions and has contended a national championship twice, the most recent being Myer's November bill against former gym mate, Nerang's Les Diamond Piper.

The exciting Balaz Vargas from Brisbane will meet New South Wale's Anthony McCracken in an Australian cruiserweight title eliminator and the Coast's Ryan Coppick (super middleweight) and Brad Hemming (welterweight) will also appear.

As will highly touted light heavyweight Hunter Sam - son of former world title challenger Doug Sam - and Brisbane's former amateur star middleweight Geoff Frazier. …

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