With Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury set for battle tomorrow in Germany, top heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua and soon-returning star David Haye have given their takes on the matchup, and neither believe their fellow Briton Fury will leave with the world championship.
Joshua thinks Klitschko will retain, but is looking forward to the style clash:
"The result is difficult to call, both have knock outs on their record and anything can happen in heavyweight boxing. The fight will be action packed right from round one. I think Fury will come out with nothing to lose, his style is to throw a lot of punches, but ultimately I think Klitschko's class will shine through and he will win."
Haye doesn't see it as quite so difficult a pick:
"Hopefully (Fury) will win because it would be good for boxing. He might not be the best role model and he takes things way too far from time to time, but the bottom line is whether he can beat Wladimir Klitschko, who is a consummate professional inside and outside the ring. I only give Fury a one in 20 shot. Nobody expected Buster Douglas to beat Mike Tyson or Michael Moorer to beat Evander Holyfield. You never write a big man off, but in terms of technical ability, you have to question whether he has beaten anybody world class."
Fury (24-0, 18 KO) is a big but not overwhelmingly huge underdog for the fight, with lines around +400, give or take a little on either side. Klitschko (64-3, 53 KO) is favored around -500 or so. It's not seen as an even matchup by any means, but these lines don't look so bad compared to most Klitschko fights, or a good amount of boxing's "big event" fights in recent years.
Do you see Fury having a real shot in this fight, or would this be a true stunner?