Heavyweight boxer Alex Leapai has arrived back home.

He may not have won boxing’s most prestigous title, but he did pick up a $1 million plus prize.

And his best reward, the family and friends waiting to give him a heroes welcome.

Dinah Boucher reports.


There were hugs, Samoan singing, and lolly leis.

Crowds of supporters turned out as Alex the Lionheart Leapai’s homecoming was filled with pride and emotion.

Alex Leapai, Heavyweight Boxer: “Even though I didn’t get the result but mate they still have support for me you know, and not just my family but the whole Australia.”

The 34-year-old Logan resident was unable to beat Ukrainian champ Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on Sunday.

Leapai’s the first Australian to fight for a world heavyweight title in more than 100 years.

An achievement which will be rewarded this Friday.

When Logan Mayor, Pam Parker presents him with the “Keys to the city.”

Dinah Boucher, QUT News.