Fury gets Klitschko rematch in England

June 07, 2016 3:04 AM


We are now just a month away from one of the most highly anticipated rematches in the heavyweight division.

On Saturday, July 11, the reigning WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KO’s) makes his first defense against the former owner of those straps, Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO’s).

Germany, which is Klitschko’s adopted home, played host to the first encounter, but for the rematch it’ll be Fury who enjoys the home crowd in Manchester, England.

Wlad had not suffered defeat in over a decade when he entered the ring back in November 2015 to face Fury. But all three judges and every unbiased observer awarded Fury a unanimous decision victory. Though it wasn’t an action packed fight, nor a pretty one to watch, Fury did something no other fighter had been able to in a very long time, completely dominate the Ukranian boxing icon.

Few had predicted the outcome as oddsmakers had installed Klitschko as a heavy favorite to successfully defend his titles that night. In fact, Fury walked down the aisle close to a 4-1 underdog that night in November, but the perception quickly changed when he exited the ring a champion.

The betting market has made a major adjustment for the rematch as bookmakers opened the July 11 bout with both fighters listed at -105. Simply put, oddsmakers believe the outcome for their second confrontation is a coin toss.

However, since the betting opened, Klitschko has become a slight favorite, currently listed at -120. Bottom line, the only question we as bettors need to answer in order to determine whether or not backing either fighter offers value, is whether or not the change in price from the first fight is warranted.

Meaning, was the betting market that mistaken when it reflected Klitschko -480 just 7 months ago, or did Wlad simply have a bad night? Did arguably the most dominant heavyweight in history, at least according to the records he holds, have age catch up with him, or did he underestimate Fury? And finally, can newly crowned champion Fury put together a second game plan to completely dominate the way he did last time?

I have yet to confirm my own position on the rematch but fortunately I’ve got a couple more weeks to look at the first fight, gather as much information on how their training camps went, and decide whether a walk to the betting window is in order.

Feel free to hit me up @Greek_Gambler on Twitter to let me know how you feel the rematch will unfold. I’ll definitely share my final thoughts and prediction in my column the week of the bout.

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