So finally Wladimir Klitschko has got round to fighting Tyson Fury after a couple of years in which Fury has been waiting for a really big defining fight in his career. Klitschko has been fighting his usual round of smaller, hand-picked American and European opponents who pose him little danger and which has made the heavyweight division a bore-fest for the last few years.
At least Fury brings his huge height and physical stature to the table, something which Klitschko has not had to deal with for quite a few years as he has generally been taller and outweughed his opponents in recent years, including the fairly routine win over Britain’s David Haye back in 2011.
This fight has some similarities to the Haye fight, Fury has been trash talking about Wlad for the last few years, calling him out, calling him boring and Fury did not disappoint one bit in the recent press conference to promote the fight, with a verbal attack on Klitschko calling him boring and stating he had ‘less personality than my underpants’. See the video below for the conference video which is quite an amusing watch.
Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury Press Conference Highlights Video
Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury Outright Odds
Wladimir Klitschko 1/4 (Coral)
Tyson Fury 7/2 (Skybet)
Draw 28/1 (Betfred)
The bookies make Wladimir Klitschko a huge favourite in the outright market, this is totally understandable really. Much as Fury is probably Wlad’s best opponent for a while and he has a huge frame to cause Wlad some different problems, Fury’s record is mostly at a lower level than Klitschko has been fighting.
Fury has done well against some decent British and Euro level fighters, but this is a jump in levels for him, he hasn’t fought anyone like Stiverne or some of the other Americans who might have porovided a better stepping stone to test himself more for this fight. That being said, Fury is probably only just reaching his best, he is only 26 years old and that youthfulness plus his size are definitely going to give the now 39 year old Klitschko some problems.
I cannot recommend Wlad at 1/4, those odds are just too small and the 7/2 for Fury actually looks like decent value in many ways – he’s unbeaten and carries enough power to test the chin of Klitschko which hasn’t been tested for years. Most importantly, at 6 foot 9, Fury will have the height and reach to actually potentially get in range which so many of Klitschko’s other opponents haven’t been able to do. Will he be able to get past that stiff ramrod jab of Klitschko’s? Possibly not, but he does have a better chance than any of Klitschko’s recent foes.
Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury Method of Victory Market
Klitschko by KO/TKO 5/4 (Boylesports)
Klitschko by Decision/TD 13/8 (Paddy Power)
Fury by KO/TKO 7/1 (Paddy Power)
Fury by Decision/TD 9/1 (Betway)
The actual method of victory is really tricky for this fight. You could argue for a Klitschko KO based on his career record of 53 KOs in his 64 victories, combine this with the fact that Fury has been put down by a few of his opponents at a much lower level than this, then you can see why this is the favourite at 5/4.
But Fury is a tough character, whenever he has been knocked down, he’s got back up again and won the fights. Combine this with Klitschko getting old and how he struggled last time out to make a dent on Bryant Jennings, then the points win starts to look more possible at 13/8.
I can’t see Fury winning this on points, not in Germany against Wlad, so his main chance will be to test the chin of Klitschko, who suffered a few really bad KO defeats earlier in his career. His career has been carefully managed since then, but there is always the sneaking suspicion that someone could put his lights out again one day, though he is much more of a dominant, physical specimen these days, the saying goes ‘you can’t put muscles on chins’. I recommend Klitschko on points as the main bet with a fun bet of small stakes on Fury by knockout.
5 pts on Wladimir Klitschko Points win @ 13/8 (Paddy Power)
1 pt on Fury by KO/TKO @ 7/1 (Paddy Power)
Resources to use
http://www.oddschecker.com/boxing/wladimir-klitschko-v-tyson-fury/winner – to check the latest odds and markets for the Fury vs Klitschko fight
http://www.thefreebetguide.com/promo-codes/betfred-promo-code/ – to get a Bet £10 Get £30 offer for the fight