Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury
Wladimir Klitschko defends his world title against Britain’s Tyson Fury on Saturday at Dusseldorf's 55,000-capacity Esprit Arena in one of the most eagerly anticipated heavyweight fights in years.
WBA, WBO and IBF champion Klitschko goes into the bout as heavy favourite, priced at 1/5 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes, which is to be expected given that he has won 64 of his 67 fights and has not lost since 2004.
Bookmakers are offering 3/1 on Fury to cause an upset and the 27-year-old Brit believes he can expose gaps in the defences of Klitschko, who is 12 years older and has been dogged by a calf injury.
He said: “I see so many chinks in his armour. I’m going to expose them very quickly. I think this will be one of my easiest fights.
“It might sound crazy because he's a super champion and has been world champion for 11 years.
“If I could choose any champion to fight, I'd choose him. I can expose him and you'll see what I mean on Saturday night.”
But the bookmakers clearly disagree and Bet365 has odds of 8/11 on Klitschko to win via a knock-out, while Ladbrokes has 2/1 on him to win by a decision.
If you fancy Fury, you can get 7/1 on him knocking out the Ukrainian champion and 10/1 on him taking a points decision.
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The provider ran a competition to take punters to Dusseldorf to watch the fight.