Alex Leapai retires

21 February 2016, 12:00AM

AAP - Told he risked blindness if he continued to fight, Australian heavyweight boxer Alex Leapai has announced his retirement.

Best known for his 2014 fight against Wladimir Klitschko, Leapai was humbled inside five rounds, but he did have the honour of being the first Australian to challenge for the heavyweight world title in more than a century.

Leapai had surgery on both his eyes after the Klitschko bout and experienced more problems after his last fight, a unanimous-decision loss to Manuel Charr in Russia. He said a specialist subsequently told him he risked losing the sight in his right eye if he continued to fight.

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21 February 2016, 12:00AM

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