Dr Steelhammer to prove too strong for the Gypsy King
The most hotly awaited Heavyweight bout of the year, this could and should be a real barnstormer. The Ukrainian (64-3 53KOs) has not lost for over 11 years, is the second longest reigning heavyweight champion of all time and has the second most successful title defences of any heavyweight with 23. Fury is 6ft 9ins and probably has the biggest reach in the sport so this will be one of the few occasions in Klitschko’s career where he will be up against a bigger man so he will be forced to make some changes to his usual gameplan.
For Klitschko it will just be another day at the office and that is the crucial difference between being a champion and a challenger. He may start the first round slowly and size up Fury, but once he gets his range the jabs will be the difference and the huge right hook will surely land on a possibly vulnerable chin. Five of his last six stoppage wins have come between rounds four and six and the tips below look like the value bets of the night.