Ukrainian is odds-on to defeat English opponent next weekend to win the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.
Wednesday 22nd June 2011
Next weekend will see one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in boxing finally take place as Wladimir Klitschko faces off against David Haye in Hamburg for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.
Klitschko is the longest reigning heavyweight champion in the history of the IBF, WBO and IBO in terms of both defenses and time and goes into next weekend’s fight as the clear favourite. Bwin.com has the Ukrainian at odds of 2/5 to win while Bodog.com and UniBet.com are showing 1/2.
Thirty-five-year-old Klitschko, who is nicknamed ‘Dr Steelhammer’, has only lost three times in 58 professional fights and has knocked out opponents on 49 occasions.
BoyleSports.com, 32RedBet.com and StanJames.com have Klitschko at odds of 8/15 to defeat Haye on July 2 just before BetFred.com, Bet365.com, SportingBet.com, PaddyPower.com, Intertops.com, VictorChandler.com and WilliamHill.com with 4/7 and BetDaq.com listing 29/50.
This contest has been rumoured since 2008 but is only now taking place following extensive and often bad-tempered negotiations with both sides often crying foul. Punters can get odds of 59/100 at Betfair.com and WBX.com on Klitschko triumphing while BlueSq.com, 888Sport.com, ToteSport.com, SkyBet.com and Coral.co.uk have 8/13.
For his part, British boxer Haye is the current WBA heavyweight champion after moving up a weight division from the cruiserweight class in 2008. Coral.co.uk, BlueSq.com, 888Sport.com and ToteSport.com are going with odds of 5/4 that the Londoner will defeat Klitschko before Intertops.com listing 27/20 and WilliamHill.com, StanJames.com, VictorChandler.com and SkyBet.com offering 11/8.
The 30-year-old has only lost once in 26 professional contests and has knocked out an opponent 23 times. Despite this, he goes into next weekend’s fight shorter, lighter and with less reach, which has led PaddyPower.com to offer the Lambeth-born boxer at odds of 7/5 to win.
Longer still, BoyleSports.com, Bet365.com and BetFred.com show odds of 6/4 on ‘The Hayemaker’ triumphing in Germany while bettors can get 159/100 at BetDaq.com and 8/5 with SportingBet.com, 32RedBet.com, UniBet.com and Bodog.com.
At the far end of the spectrum, WBX.com and Betfair.com currently show odds of 163/100 on Haye winning against Klitschko before Bwin.com offering 17/10.
Given the bad blood between these two competitors, next weekend’s contest ending in a draw is not seen as very likely. Unibet.com and Intertops.com has odds of 25/1 on a tie while SkyBet.com and Coral.co.uk are listing 28/1.
A bit longer, 888Sport.com, SportingBet.com, 32RedBet.com, ToteSport.com, StanJames.com, VictorChandler.com, WilliamHill.com, PaddyPower.com and BlueSq.com are going for odds of 33/1 that neither competitor will emerge victorious before BetFred.com, BetDaq.com and BoyleSports.com with 40/1 and WBX.com and Bwin.com listing 44/1.