Following his first round knock out defeat to unbeaten Deontay Wilder last time out, Malik Scott is set to make a return against Alex Lepai.
Scott, aged 33, holds a record of 36 wins, two losses and one draw and has recently been training in the Wladimir Klitschko camp in the Austrian Alps with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Kevin Johnson.
Scott vs Wilder
Scott was floored with the first combination that Wilder threw and was unable to return to his feet to beat the referee's count. Many on social media blasted Scott, saying that he had taken a dive.
Boxers are proud, tough men and to be accused of taking a dive must have been very tough to handle. When interviewed after the fight Scott seemed optimistic that he would get other big fights and he has indeed got one.
Scott will face off with the latest man to challenge Wladimir Klitschko in Alex Leapai on October 24 in Brisbane. The word 'challenge' is used very loosely as Leapai was hopelessly outclassed by the dominant Klitschko, who went on to claim yet another win.
Leapai, 34, was stopped in the fifth round and his record slipped to 30 wins, five losses and three draws. The Samoan, who fights out of Australia, will be disappointed with his performance against Klitschko and will be determined to get back on track.
Scott vs Lepai
This fight represents an opportunity for the winner to get their career on the right path again and that should prove huge motivation for both men, with each having been stopped in their last fights.
Standing at 6ft 4" Scott will have a significant height and reach advantage over the 6ft Leapai and he will surely look to keep the fight at range and avoid Leapai's heavy shots.
Scott is a technically good fighter with a good jab and he is clearly the more skilled of the two fighters. Leapai would however appear to have the power advantage with a knock out percentage of 63.16 in comparison to Scott's 33.3 percent.
Scott has said of the upcoming bout: "Alex is a heavy hitter if you let him hit you.
“An intelligent fighter like me can outbox a guy like Alex. He throws big looping punches you can see coming and if he gets in close he tries to hit you with that uppercut. None of that worries me.’’
Leapai on the other hand said: "This will pretty much determine my future in boxing.
“I believe in second chances…I got one in life and now I get one in boxing as well…I want to push for a world title again and to get there I have to beat this gentleman here…I will knock him out.”
There is a lot on the line for both men so naturally we expect to see the best of both men.
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