Heavy-weight wins fight of life
FORMER world heavyweight boxer Alex Leapai says he is proof you do not need a fad diet or supplements to lose weight.
“The Lionheart” Leapai ballooned to 153kg at the start of this year following the sudden death of his dad and mentor Elisaia and operations on his cataract-riddled eyes last year.
Today, though, the former No.1 world heavyweight contender is in the best shape of his life, shedding 43kg in nine months to prepare for his return to the ring on October 14.
The father-of-six said that, after reaching such a low point in his life, he decided to change things around for his children.
“I used eating as an excuse and I didn’t know it was affecting my health,” he said.
“It got to a stage where I couldn’t tie my shoelaces and I was really struggling.
“It wasn’t just being unable to tie my shoelaces but running around with my boys and always running out of puff.
“Everything was adding up and it was time to make a change and get back to what I do best.”
What he does best is boxing; returning to training with Noel Thornberry in preparation for the DDP Sports fight night at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank, on October 14.
While celebrities such as Pete Evans and Jamie Oliver concoct controversial diets that claim to help lose weight, Leapai said it was better to just “do things normal”.
“My advice to all those people who pay a lot of money for supplements and all that sort of stuff, I’m not on any of that stuff,” he said.
“I just do it normal. I eat what I eat, like vegies, and just eat good stuff and train hard. If you mix diet and training it just quickens up the process. We can all do it; we can all lose the weight. The first thing is you’ve got to get up and have it in you to want to make a change.
“It’s not only cleared out my mind but mentally, I’m more focused and more determined. I feel a lot better now that I’ve lost all this weight.”
Leapai will come up against New Zealand’s Thomas Peato at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Saturday night.