Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

{READY TO RUMBLE} {Leapai Will Take out Frustration on Te Rangi}

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

{READY TO RUMBLE} {Leapai Will Take out Frustration on Te Rangi}

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AUSTRALIAN Heavyweight Alex Leapai yesterday had some choice words for boxing legend "Aussie" Joe Bugner.

"I was 108kg for my last fight and down to 102kg today so I'm ready to fight," he said, in retaliation to comments made by Bugner to the Tweed Daily News (25/08) regarding Leapai's fitness and dedication to the sport.

"I've trained hard; in fact I never stopped after my last fight, including solid sparring sessions with Ben Edwards (who knocked out John Hopoate in one round).

"I'm as ready as Joe ever was."

The Australian No.1's comments come ahead of his headline bout on Jamie Myer's "Heavyweight Destroyers" fight card at the Tweed Heads Coolangatta Golf Club tonight.

There he is set to trade blows with New Zealand enforcer Hiriwa Te Rangi over 10 rounds.

The first time the pair met, Leapai recovered from a second round 8-count to end the fight by TKO in round four.

Since then though, Te Rangi has fought most of the big names in Australian boxing.

While Leapai knows he's in for a tussle, he promises to vent his animosity towards no-show American Cliff Couser on the mohawked Kiwi.

"I was really looking forward to fighting the American and am extremely disappointed he never showed, but that's boxing," he said.

"I'm thankful for Hiriwa for taking the fight; he is the only one in the Pacific willing to fight me on short notice.

"But I feel a little sorry for him because I'm going to take out my frustrations towards Couser on him."

However Te Rangi, who is also professional mixed martial artist, has other ideas.

"I'm feeling pretty good about the fight - I'm as fit as I ever have been," he said.

"I'm a fighter inside and out and have never turned a fight down.

"I like to hurt people as best I can and the fans love it, because I love to entertain. I'm one of those people who doesn't predict what's going to happen but rather do my talking in the ring. …

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