I'm sure to the surprise of no one, reigning WBC heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko has been installed as a clear favorite on the sportsbooks for tomorrow's big fight in Wroclaw, Poland, against well-liked challenger Tomasz Adamek. Adamek will have 42,000 or so on his side at home, but oddsmakers like the Klitschko dominance of the heavyweight division to continue.
Perhaps more interesting is that Bodog has the over/under of 10 1/2 rounds, with the under a -160 favorite, and the over at +120. Klitschko has an all-time great stoppage percentage, but two of his last four have gone the distance -- although that comes with a couple of unique factors. Kevin Johnson blatantly avoided contact the entire fight, to the point that everyone was tired of watching the fight by round 7 or 8, as it trudged along and became one of the worst major fights in recent memory. And Shannon Briggs had a referee that bordered on cruel, allowing the veteran American to get his brains scrambled unnecessarily in a no-hope fight that could and should have been stopped.
I don't think many are picking Adamek to win. But can he last the distance, and do so both with pride (which Johnson lacked) and his health intact (which Briggs lacked)?
Bad Left Hook will have live, round-by-round coverage tomorrow, starting at 4:45 on HBO (U.S.) and Sky Sports 3 (U.K.). The fight is also being shown on RTL (Germany) and is Poland's first-ever pay-per-view, and the biggest fight in the country's boxing history.