Wladimir Klitschko Vs Tyson Fury – Preview and Prediction

In one of the biggest heavyweight world title fights in recent years Tyson Fury will attempt to back up the talking and end Wladimir Klitschko’s decade long reign as heavyweight champion as the two meet in Dusseldorf, Germany this Saturday night.

Wladimir Klitschko’s IBF, WBO, WBA & IBO world championship belts will be on the line and the bout can be viewed on Sky Sports Box Office from 7pm in the UK.

Here is your preview, prediction and betting recommendation for the bout.

The last time Wladimir Klitschko tasted defeat was over 11 years ago in 2004, Klitschko has tasted defeat 3 times in his career, on each occasion he has been stopped.

In 1998 Wladimir tasted his first defeat to 24-13-1 fighter Ross Puritty by 11th round TKO after gassing late in the fight, then Corrie Sanders pole axed him inside 2 rounds in 2003 and this was quickly followed by a 5th round TKO loss to Lamont Brewster in 2004.

Then came along legendary trainer Emanuel Steward who transformed Wladimir Klitschko as a fighter, he utilised Wladimir’s strengths to make him an extremely difficult man to beat.

11 years on and they are still trying to dethrone this dominant heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury becomes the 22nd man to attempt that feat.

While Klitschko’s style may not always be pleasing on the eye, it is so effective, the ram rod jab, excellent lateral movement, the one two that ends with the devastating right hand that has finished so many fights for him.

At nearly 40 years of age you wonder when father time may begin to catch up with the Ukrainian, there is very little sign Klitschko is ready to pass the torch just yet, but he can’t go on forever as such an elite operator.

Tyson Fury is 12 years younger than the champion and is currently undefeated despite there being some bumps along the road, Fury has been dropped a couple of times in his career and has engaged in closer contests against lesser opposition than the “best heavyweight on the planet” perhaps should.

Fury by his own admission has battled depression in the past and as a result has come into fights out of shape and with the wrong mindset, recently however, Fury looks to have improved vastly with two very mature and discipline performances in stopping both Dereck Chisora and Christian Hammer.

Tyson Fury is underrated technically and has a much better skillset than people give him credit for and with his size and presence may present a competitive challenge for the champion.

However Wladimir Klitschko has not reigned supreme for a decade for no reason, this is an elite operator who will punish any mistakes Fury makes and Fury historically has a habit of making mistakes defensively and one counter right hand may be all Klitschko needs to end this.

Tyson has a habit of leaving his hands low and looking to use his reflexes to throw sniper style counters, that could be dangerous against Klitschko who’s timing and accuracy is impeccable.

However Fury is a switch hitter who throws nice counter hooks and has good speed for such a big man, if he can land some good counters he can certainly make Klitschko more cagey offensively.

Fury will be one of the larger men Klitschko has faced in his career, If Fury can close that gap and make the fight a physical one not allowing Klitschko to dictate the pace of the fight I believe Fury has a chance.

I feel this fight goes 12 rounds and is more competitive than people expect it to be, ultimately however I think Fury will fall short on the night.I am expecting a Klitschko points win this weekend, however I think Fury may just come out of this fight with his stock enhanced in spite of defeat.

You can get Klitschko by points at 5/2 Betfred, with Fury just to win at 9/2 Sky Bet, I think straddling the two puts us in a strong position to profit from the fight.

PREDICTION: KLITSCHKO UD 

BETTING TIP: £20 Klitschko points 5/2 Betfred, £10 Fury to win 9/2 Sky Bet