Klitschko Opens As Small Favorite In Fury Rematch

December 3, 2015

-OpeningRound Staff

Even though he looked dreadful in his upset loss to Tyson Fury last Saturday, Wladimir Klitschko confirmed that he will take the rematch which Fury is contractually bound to give him immediately, and it will likely happen in April or May of 2016. And although he looked old and hesitant in his defeat, it looks like the bookies like him in the rematch, although not by much.

After Klitschko’s announcement, Bovada opened up with a betting line favoring Klitschko at -130, with Fury listed at even money. However, the odds have since tightened with -125 odds for Wlad and -105 for Fury. Klitschko was a heavy -500 favorite for the first fight. Klitschko will be the ripe age of 40 when the rematch happens.

Although Fury said he would be open to the rematch taking place in Klitschko’s usual home base of Germany, he and his team are reportedly pushing for it to happen at the 80,000 capacity Wembley Stadium in London, surely an advantage for the new champ Fury.


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Fury and his camp seem to be excited that Klitschko accepted the rematch so quickly. ”It’s fantastic news, we are ecstatic,” said Peter Fury, Tyson Fury’s uncle and trainer via the AP.

When officially announcing that he would take the rematch, Klitschko said ”I was really frustrated directly after the fight but after some short nights I now know that I want to show that I am much better than my performance on Saturday…I couldn’t show my full potential at any time. This is what I want to change in the rematch — and I will. Failure is not an option.”

Klitschko’s management also confirmed that they will momentarily get in touch with Fury’s promoter to set the venue and date for the rematch.

”There will be a huge worldwide interest in this fight which already can be billed as the fight of the year 2016,” said Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente.

We’ll see how much the odds change between now and then.

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