It appears as though a rematch has already been agreed upon as Wladimir Klitschko tries to reclaim the heavyweight belt he has defended for so long before losing to Tyson Fury. Let's take a look at what the boxing odds makers are offering on this rematch.
What Went Wrong?
The boxing odds makers hung Wladimir Klitschko as a -500 betting favorite in his first tango with the undefeated 27-year-old British heavyweight Tyson Fury and there were a whole lot of chalk eaters cursing themselves for including Klitschko in their boxing picks that night. According to the judges at ringside the 6'9" Fury had won the fight as follows, 116–111, 115–112 and 115–112. It was not the hotly anticipated bomb throwing showdown the viewing public was expecting and quite frankly the entire affair fell flat as a board with Klitschko never letting go of his notorious right hook. There was plenty of clinching, grabbing and even a few illegal rabbit punches after the break by Fury which cost the Brit a point by the referee. It mattered little though as Fury was the more active fighter sinking midsection punches and left hooks that proved to be more fodder for the judges to make their decision as opposed to any mortal threat to Klitschko.
Wladimir Klitschko is now 39-years-old and has become the second longest reigning heavyweight champion of all time with the second most successful title defenses of any heavyweight boxer in history with 23, behind only Joe Louis (25) and ahead of Larry Holmes (20) and Muhammad Ali (19). However that all ended with his loss to Fury and whether or not he can reclaim the belt will be answered sometime in 2016.
Who Wins in the Rematch?
The boxing public can be excused if the news of a rematch has not sent the hairs on their arms to stand at attention as the first battle was really little more than a skirmish. Klitschko boxed someone who he literally had to look up to as Fury is an avalanche of a man at 6'9" in comparison to Klitschko's 6'6" frame. We have to ask ourselves if there is any more gas in the tank for the former champion. By the time this bout takes place it is more than likely he will be 40-years-old when he steps back into the squared circle.
Tyson Fury on the other hand is only 27 and he has pierced the veil of invincibility that was Wladimir Klitschko. Though his performance was no knock out by any stretch (pun most definitely intended) he now knows that he can go 12 rounds with a heavyweight who will forever grace the record books. Nevertheless he will need to be even more assertive than last time if he is to forge his own path as a worthy heavyweight champion. Fury has caused a fury outside of the ring with his inflammatory remarks regarding gays, women and anything else that he feels is in conflict with his religious views.
Fury had this to say to the Daily Mail, "There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the Devil comes home. One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other is pedophilia. So who would have thought in the 50s and early 60s that those first two would be legalized. … For me, people can say ‘oh, you’re against abortions and you’re against pedophilia, you’re against homosexuality, you’re against whatever’ but my faith and my culture is all based on the bible. The bible was written a long time ago, wasn’t it, from the beginning of time until now so if I follow that and that tells me it’s wrong, then it’s wrong for me."
There will be no shortage of future controversies with Fury now thrust into the limelight but whether he can continue to hold the championship belt for as long as his predecessor is highly doubtful. Yet here he is the newest big thing (literally) and there will be plenty to see and hear from the young champ as the months turn into years. The boxing odds makers have not yet hung a line on this event but expect it to be dramatically different from the -500 favorite that was Wladimir Klitschko in their first bout. Tyson Fury may not be the long term answer in the heavyweight division but he is good enough to defeat a fading legend...again.