Klitschko v Tyson – Klitschko to win on points: 11/4
DeGale v Bute – Degale to win on points: 11/8
Both to win: 6/1 – Bet Now
You are probably excited about Wladimir Klitschko versus Tyson Fury this Saturday and you may have also heard that James DeGale takes on Lucian Bute later in the night. Well, sorry for the cynicism but the build up is likely to be more entertaining than the action in the ring. But you’ve paid your money and you’ll watch the fight, so it is only right that you get the best betting tips to keep you excited in these over-hyped contests.
Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury
Fury has managed the feat of becoming more likeable yet seeming more unhinged as fight night approaches. His antics include serenading the champ, dressing up as Batman and calling Klitschko a great and a bum all in one sentence. While Wlad has just sat there. Does boxing need a successor for boring heavyweight king Klitschko or would you just rather see the six foot nine challenger knocked clean out?
For a multi-lingual, chess-playing academic, Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) has a frightening KO ratio of 79% and he has finished five of his last nine bouts in under six rounds. Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) has been caught cold and knocked down twice in his career and the fight will be a damp squib if Dr Steelhammer connects early. A Soviet victory in rounds 1-6 could be worth a punt at .
On the other hand Klitschko will show some respect to Fury and his 75% KO ratio, even though it was earned against weakish opposition. And the Ukrainian gent didn’t look so suave when he suffered three brutal knockout defeats earlier in his career. However, the Brit doesn’t really have huge power and probably won’t land cleanly enough to really hurt Wlad.
The chances of a stoppage fade as the fight goes on. At 39 years old the champ is either slowing down or he has become a bit more conservative. Klitschko hasn’t won via KO after round six since 2010 and has actually been deducted a point for holding in the late rounds in each of last two decision victories.
Even including Klitschko’s losses he has never been out-boxed as a pro and as an amateur he was Olympic champion. I’m sure Fury has saved some on his own brand of entertainment for inside the squared circle but ultimately it is worth backing the champ to do what he does best: jab, jab, hold and win on points at .
James DeGale v Lucian Bute
Another Olympic champion and world title holder who may struggle to get the pulses racing this weekend is DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs). Despite holding the crown he is travelling to Bute’s (32-2, 25 KOs) adopted home of Canada to defend his super-middleweight title. The away-day offers a better pay-day than fighting back in England – it’s all about the money.
If DeGale wants to get the stoppage he needs to start fast. 12 of the Brit’s 14 stoppage wins have come before end of round six and Bute’s only stoppage loss, to Carl Froch in 2012, was in round five. Bute is old (35), inactive (one fight in the last year and a half) and looks terrible on the back foot. So the price of for DeGale to win in rounds 1-6 is tempting.
But DeGale is generally less about being aggressive and more about pulling a pose. And the underlying worry for this fight is that his dedication has slipped again. Not a great idea for a man who doesn’t have a great engine – he is nicknamed Chunky after all.
Bute is an ex-champion, fighting at home and is known to get better the longer the fight goes on. If DeGale misses his early opportunity the fight could get hard but he has the talent and the chin to withstand whatever Bute can bring.for DeGale to win on points is a bit stingy but worth adding to your boxing acca.