Marvin's epic win in the light heavyweight
category was the first medal for the country since the 1999 SEA Games and the first gold since Raymundo Suizo's back-to-back victories in 1989 and 1991.
Klitschko (62-3) sent the Samoan-Australian boxer Leapai (30-5-3) for the second time in the fifth round to end the boxing bout and now holds the IBF heavyweight
, IBO heavyweight
, WBO heavyweight
and WBA super world heavyweight
title by recording 147 of the 157 landed punches for the entire bout.
The Cuban fought Vitali Klitschko for the Ukrainian's heavyweight
title as did Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson, the American with a 24-1-1 record.
Hopkins will meet his nemesis Roy Jones on April 3 at light-heavyweight
and insists he will then be ready to move to heavyweight
and take care of Londoner Haye.
After Wladimir Klitschko and Sultan Ibragimov put Madison Square Garden to sleep three weeks ago, Peter won a heavyweight
belt the way it was supposed to be won last weekend.
Carrying a sheaf of telegrams in downtown Union City, New Jersey, Jimmy was drawn to a huge crowd that had assembled outside the offices of the Hudson Dispatch, where two megaphone-wielding staffers were providing a blow-by-blow account of the heavyweight
championship fight in Toledo.
1999: April 3 - Loses British heavyweight
and Commonwealth heavyweight
title fight to Julius Francis at the Albert Hall.
The manager/promoter reckons the heavyweight
scene - which sets the benchmark for the rest of the sport - is in desperate doldrums and is praying for someone to turn things round.
But the former world heavyweight
champion said: "I don't think that will happen.
Chuvalo wasn't a no-name club fighter, but the heavyweight
champion of Canada, and one of the Top Ten in the world.
NEWLY-CROWNED WBA heavyweight
champion Roy Jones has played down the chances of a unification match with Britain's WBC title holder Lennox Lewis.