Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KO's) takes on Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KO's) tonight on HBO live from Germany. Klitschko has dominated the division for the past ten years but will Tyson Fury be able to pull off the upset tonight and change the face of the heavyweight division? The fight begins at 5pm EST. Here is our prediction for tonight's heavyweight showdown:
Klitschko has made a career off establishing the jab and using his feet to move. His straight right hand down the middle is deadly. Klitschko finds himself in a rare situation tonight fighting a guy that he isn't taller than. He's going to have to be careful. Klitschko's chin hasn't been touched good in a long time. If Fury lands some big shots on him will he be able to take them? That remains to be seen. Klitschko needs to establish the jab early and use the right hand down the middle to check Fury. If he can move the entire fight while landing both of those punches clean it's likely he can knock out Fury
Fury is going to have to take the fight to Klitschko. He needs to try to get on the inside of the jab and land some overhand rights of Klitschko, who likes to keep his hands down to his waist. Fury can't afford to take to much punishment from Klitschko either. If a cruiserweight like Steve Cunningham can knock Fury down what is going to happen when a monster like Klitschko lands some clean shots? It's not likely Fury can outbox Klitschko but if he can pressure him for the entire fight and not take to much damage he should be able to land some big punches on Klitschko's suspect chin. Maybe he can score a knockout.
I think this fight can get ugly. Klitschko tends to hold alot when the pressure is put on him. While the matchup and pre-fight hype has been exciting we could be in for a snoozer. I hope not though. If Fury can push the fight and prevent Klitschko from holding to much we could be in for a fun matchup. One thing is for sure, the heavyweight division needs a major shake up. While I would like nothing more than a beautiful KO victory from Fury to spark up a dead division I don't think it's going to happen. Klitschko is going to back up using the jab and cross to check Fury and every time Fury gets in Klitschko is going to hold him. I see Klitschko scoring a knockout, possible early.
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO DEFEATS TYSON FURY BY 6TH ROUND TKO