After what seems like an eternity, following months of protracted negotiations and trash talk, confident British heavyweight David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko are on the verge of finally settling matters in the ring.
The ‘Hayemaker’ puts his WBA belt on the line while Klitschko’s risks the IBO, IBF and WBO straps in Hamburg but despite Haye’s unshakable confidence, it’s the Ukrainian that gets the nod from bookies, Betfred installing him as the 8/13 favourite.
David Haye is 8/5 with Sportingbet to unify the titles while Coral quote a draw at 40/1 but the Londoner will take confidence from the fact that all three of Klitschko’s defeats have been via stoppage, even though the last, against Lamon Brewster, was seven years ago.
Haye’s solitary loss also came via a KO and as a result William Hill don’t expect this one to go the distance, offering 11/4 for it to last the scheduled twelve rounds while it’s 3/10 at Paddy Power to end before that. Subsequently, Stan James quote 8/1 for the Bermondsey-based battler to prevail on points and Partybets make it 7/2 for Klitshcko, effectively the home fighter, to get a decision.
Nevertheless, a knockout is considered more likely, Ladbrokes offering just 11/8 for the Ukrainian to silence his British opponent by knocking him out and Betdaq chalking 3.0 (2/1) against the ‘Hayemaker’ securing a stunning stoppage.
To do so however, the 30-year-old will have to push the robotic Klitschko out of his comfort zone, not allowing him to dictate the fight with efficient use of the jab. Haye’s speed will be crucial then and if he gets his tactics right, he can outmanoeuvre his much bigger opponent to gain access to a potentially suspect chin and upset the odds.
Elsewhere, as both men are no stranger to the canvas, Sportingbet’s 2/5 for one fighter to be knocked down stands out while Klitschko and Haye are 20/1 (Totesport) and 22/1 (bet365) to triumph in the sixth round and it’s 20/1 with for the Brit to stun the worldwide audience by sensationally stopping his man in the first.
David Haye to win by KO – 2/1 (Betdaq)