Nobody is going to be fooled by Tyson Fury this time around. After being seen as a massive underdog as a mandatory challenger against the seemingly indestructible Wladimir Klitschko, Fury shocked the world and won a sloppy affair against Dr. Steelhammer.
Klitschko has a clause in his contract, which he opted to use, that will allow him an immediate rematch against Fury. With the highly anticipated rematch on, Sportsbook opened the line almost even with Klitschko Sportsbook at -125 compared to Fury’s -105. By the time the venue was officially announced on April 8, that line shifted to -115 for both men.
That is a far cry from the -500 chalk Klitschko was laying in their first match.
The bout was originally scheduled for July 9, but was postponed following Fury suffering an ankle injury in the training for the fight. According to Fury, doctors have said that he should keep off the injured ankle for six to seven weeks.
As Klitschko has aged, he has altered his style considerably to adapt to his waning power. It took Wladimir Klitschko 36 career fights before he went to the judges’ scorecard, but the Ukrainian has gone to a decision in five of his past 10 fights against largely inferior opponents.
Fury came into the first fight as a relative unknown, with just 24 career fights. However, his size proved to be too much for Klitschko to deal with, as Fury is 6’9" and had a reach advantage.
Klitschko will be 40 years old when he enters the ring for the rematch and retirement will be on some pundits’ lips. But it can be hard to base too much on their first fight, as Klitschko looked like he aged 20 years since his previous fight. Fury will also be coming into the rematch looking to prove that there is a new era in heavyweight boxing.