THE two tallest heavyweights in history go head to head in a huge Saturday night of boxing with the world titles on the line.
Defending champ Wladimir Klitschko – two inches shorter than 6ft 9in challenger Tyson Fury – has the experience and plenty of power, boasting a 64-3 record and last being stopped 11 years ago.
Tonight’s showdown in Dusseldorf is Fury’s first shot at the world title and the British giant has won all 24 of his fights to date, 18 by KO, although he has never faced an opponent of Klitschko’s calibre.
Fury has been floored twice before, by Steve Cunningham in 2013 and Neven Pajkic four years ago. Both Klitschko and Fury’s gameplans rely heavily on the jab and whoever utilises it best tonight will have a major bearing on the outcome.
Fury has youth on his side and at 27 is 12 years younger than the champ. He certainly talks a good game but I’m not convinced he’s good enough to beat the Ukrainian who I fancy to win inside the distance.
William Hill report that British punters have been piling into Fury who is 9-2 at Skybet to pull off a major shock. Hills say 73 per cent of bets placed with them have been for Fury, including a monster £25,000 wager from a Manchester-based punter.
Hills spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Much to our surprise and contrary to almost all boxing commentators opinions, fans are blindly backing Tyson Fury as if he can’t lose.”
2-1 Klitschko to win by Decision or Technical Decision
11-2 Fury to win KO TKO or DQ
8-1 Fury to win by Decision or Technical Decision
15-2 Klitschko to retire after this fight
10-1 Klitschko to be knocked down during win and go on to win
12-1 Fury to sing in the sing after the fight
20-1 Fury to be knocked down during win and go on to win
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8-1 Klitschko to win by KO (£5 max bet)
2-9 Klitschko, 7-2 Fury, 33-1 Draw
5-6 Klitschko to win by KO, TKO,DQ
6-1 Fury by KO, TKO or DQ
7-1 Klitschko to be knocked down and win
14-1 Fury to be knocked down and win
Fight To Go The Distance: 4-7 No, 5-4 Yes
Fury Victory: 66-1 Round One, 50-1 Round Two, 50-1 Round Three, 50-1 Round Four.