Klitschko vs. Fury odds tightest since 2011Written by Joseph Herron
Although most die-hard fight fans are currently buzzing about Cotto/Canelo and Golovkin/Lemieux stateside, sports enthusiasts across the pond are anxiously awaiting the big Heavyweight showdown on October 24, between incumbent champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) and undefeated challenger Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs).
The meeting of the boxing behemoths is slated to take place at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, which traditionally holds almost 55K spectators. With a little less than two months still remaining until the highly anticipated event, over 40,000 tickets have reportedly been sold.
So why the excitement for Klitschko vs. Fury?
Not only is the long-reigning champ facing a hungry, young, boisterous and undefeated contender in 27 year old Tyson Fury, but Wladimir will be uncharacteristically looking up at his 6’9” opponent when they inevitably square off on fight night as well.
The aforementioned factors potentially explain the tightest betting odds leading into a Klitschko bout since his anti-climactic meeting with two-division world champion David Haye on July 2, 2011.
Even though the younger Klitschko (-400) is still the clear betting favorite, currently listed at 4 to 1 against Fury (+300) for the upcoming title fight, it’s his most narrow “Sports Book” margin since being labeled as a 2 to 1 favorite against the explosive “Hayemaker”.
While five out Wlad’s previous six opponents have been undefeated leading into their eventual loss to Klitschko, Fury’s height, reach, unusual athleticism and overall ring intelligence make him a very live underdog in the minds of most boxing experts… even more so than formerly unbeaten, Olympic gold medalist Alexander Povetkin.
Before the dominant Ukrainian’s contest with "Sasha" in October of 2013, Klitschko was listed as a surprisingly wide 7 to 1 favorite; more than likely due to the huge disparity in height and reach. Despite going into the title fight with very good power and a deep amateur pedigree, most didn’t view the 6’2” former WBA “regular” belt holder as a terribly dangerous threat to the heavyweight throne.
And while many of the 39 year old champion’s performances have left something to be desired by the blood-thirsty boxing fans, most pundits and die-hard followers are expecting an unusually competitive scrap on October 24th.
So even though Klitschko vs Fury odds are already listed as a spirited 4 to 1 contest, gamblers could see the line shrink as we approach fight night.
(Klitschko vs Fury | News)