Klitscko Favored To Retain
Saturday’s championship bout will be for the WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring, and the WBA Heavyweight Championships. The event will air live on HBO on Saturday at 4:45PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook Bodog, Klitschko enters the fight as the favorite with odds of -260 while Haye has betting odds of +200. The over/under for rounds has been set at 7.5 with the over at -140 and the under at +100.
Klitschko owns the IBF, IBO, WBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles as he has a record of 55-3-0 with 49 wins coming by knockout. He stands 6-foot-5 and has a reach of 81 inches. He has won his last 12 bouts, with his last two victories coming by knockout. His three losses were all by TKO.
Strengths: Klitschko is a powerful puncher and his size creates a lot of problems for his opponents, as he tends to tower over them and make it hard for them to get inside his 81-inch reach. Klitschko likes to use that reach to keep his opponents at bay, where he can pepper them with a jab before following up with some potent combinations.
Weaknesses: Klitschko has been suspect to some knockouts and in two of his losses, he started slow and really got dominated. Some of his problems come from facing a lefty, but he has since been able to combat that. In this fight, he is facing a relatively untested opponent who has a lot to gain, so Klitschko will probably have to try and survive an early surge from Haye.