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Huge heavyweight action this weekend as Tyson Fury (24-0 18KO’s) becomes the next hungry young fighter to try and dethrone the long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3 53KO’s) in Germany.
Although there has been some drama this week with another glove saga, it has been confirmed that Tyson Fury’s new gloves with be delivered in time for the fight on Saturday.
As I am in training myself for the next defence of my Southern Limerick heavyweight title, I have put my name down for first reserve should the fight get pulled, so I will be doing everything in my power to make sure those gloves are delivered!
Let’s take a closer look at the fight, and give you my pre-fight predictions.
Klitschko – Tyson Fight Preview
Although it would seem that Tyson Fury has talked his way into this fight, it is worth remembering that he is the mandatory challenger to Klitschko, and should therefore not be underestimated. He brings with him an undefeated record, which gives him the air of invincibility, and he has certainly shown his ability is not just limited to his trash talking.
However, you would have to say that Klitschko is a monumental step up in class, and that Fury has never been in with anyone of his class and power. Fury’s most notable victories are his two wins against Derek Chisora (22-5 14KO’s), who is at best a fringe world level opponent.
Fury showed he was levels above Chisora in their last fight, toying with him before his corner pulled out the Finchley fighter in the 10th round. Fury showcased his switch-hitting style, and his superb movement for a man of his size, all 6ft 9in of him! However, Chisora is definitely on the slide, and to have him as a warm up to Klitschko is far
So what about the champion? Although approaching 40 years of age, Klitschko always comes into the ring in superb shape, and has shown no signs of ageing in his last few fights. Beating the likes of Kubrat Pulev (21-1 11KO’s) and Alexander Povetkin (30-1 22KO’s) in recent years just shows how hard a test this is for Tyson, as in my opinion both of these men would give the Brit a Klitschko is notoriously meticulous in his planning, and doesn’t seem to be affected by the brash loud mouth attitude of the challenger, probably because he has seen it all before with the likes of David Haye (26-2 24KO’s)…and look what happened there!
Klitschko vs Fury – Boxing Predictions
So what is my prediction for this fight? I expect the switch-hitting awkward style and height advantage to cause Klitschko a few problems in the opening rounds, but I don’t think Fury will be able to toy with the champion like he did against the likes of Chisora, and this could be his undoing.
Klitschko is fast for a heavyweight, with a fantastic jab and huge power in both his right hand and left hook. Against a southpaw who holds his leading hand so low as Fury does, that left hook could prove to be the big shot!
Fury goes into this one as a big underdog, currently 4/1, making the champion 1/4! I expect Klitschko to come out on top, and I think backing him to win via knockout is a great bet, currently best priced at EVS, and you can back it here!
If you want slightly more value and a little less risk, then why not back under 8.5 rounds at 6/5 here! This brings the Fury knockout into play, which although I think is unlikely, anything is possible at heavyweight!
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