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The rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko has been set down for the Manchester Arena on Saturday 9 July and one cannot understand why bookmakers have not gone up with the heavyweight champion as the clear favourite.
There is an unwritten boxing rule that 75 per cent of its rematches produce the same result as the first bout. There are so many boxing rematches that the figure is impossible to verify but the consensus among boxing aficionados is that it is not a million miles off the mark. Certainly it appears plausible that the winner of the first bout franks the form in the second bout in two out of three such fights. A 67% win rate equates to odds of 1.50 and, therefore, that was the kind of price that one was expecting to see bookmakers quote about Fury beating Klitschko for the second time.
Incredibly, Fury is trading at odds of 101/100 2.01 +101 1.01 1.01 -0.99 with Marathonbet to post back-to-back victories over Klitschko and this time the Gypsy King has the advantage of fighting in his home city. Fury was born in Manchester 27 years ago and that means that he is more than 12 years younger than Klitschko, an age difference that one thinks contributed to the outcome of the first bout between the Briton and the Ukrainian.
Fury travelled to Dusseldorf in Germany five months ago to challenge Klitschko for various versions of the heavyweight championship of the world that he held. Klitschko had lost just one of his previous 50 bouts in Germany, his one and only defeat in his adopted homeland occurring in 2003 when the late Corrie Sanders produced a stunning upset, knocking out Dr Steelhammer in the second round. Yet Fury dominated Klitschko from the opening bell, winning the belts courtesy of an unanimous points decision – the Briton beat the Ukrainian 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111 despite being docked one point for landing shots behind his opponent’s head.
The post-bout song that Fury delivered to his wife, Paris, was more entertaining than the 12 rounds of boxing that preceded it but the challenger had the champion’s measure from start to finish, the Ukrainian experiencing great difficulty in landing punches on the Briton. Klitschko failed to counteract Fury’s greater height and reach and such was the Gypsy King’s dominance that not even home advantage could get Dr Steelhammer off the hook. Fury deserved his victory, although he did blot his copybook shortly after arriving back in the United Kingdom, making comments that many people viewed as homophobic and sexist.
Fury is a showman par excellence who knows how to sell a championship contest. One expects that Fury will make a lot of noise in the lead up to his second bout against Klitschko about how he is going to put his veteran opponent on his bum but one thinks that it will all be bluster. Fury knows that the way to defeat Klitschko is to keep him at arm’s length and the Briton does respect the Ukrainian’s power. If the thought of backing Fury at slightly better than even money does not thrill you because the event is three months away then maybe you will bite on the odds of 11/4 3.75 +275 2.75 2.75 -0.36 that Ladbrokes is offering about an unanimous decision for the local hero. There are several bookmakers listing odds of 7/4 2.75 +175 1.75 1.75 -0.57 about a Fury win over Klitschko by decision or technical decision but, if you are looking for an exotic bet, then it makes more sense to gamble on the Gypsy King’s victory being emphatic in terms of points from the three judges.
Tyson Fury to beat Wladimir Klitschko
Saturday 9th July 2016
Odds: 21/20 2.05 +105 1.05 1.05 -0.95
Fury to win by unanimous decision
Saturday 9th July 2016
Odds: 11/4 3.75 +275 2.75 2.75 -0.36
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