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Wladimir Klitschko opens as slight favorite for Tyson Fury rematch

Tyson Fury may have beaten Wladimir Klitschko last Saturday, but early odds have Klitschko as a slight favorite for a 2016 rematch.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

There's already been plenty of talk about a rematch between new world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and the man he conquered on Saturday, Wladimir Klitschko, with Klitschko contractually owed that rematch and saying that he plans to take it in the spring.

Bovada has already opened up with a betting line for that rematch, and Klitschko, who will be 40 when the fight happens, is a slight favorite at -130, with Fury listed at even money right now.

Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO) never seemed in the fight, struggling mightily to figure out how to attack the tall, rangy, and constantly moving Fury (25-0, 18 KO). It would be hyperbole to say that Fury put on a clinic, but the things he did never allowed Klitschko to use his weapons effectively. He shut down Klitschko's jab by using his own, longer jab, and Wladimir's right hand was never really part of the fight, either.

Many believe that Fury, the much younger man at 27, wouldn't have a lot of trouble repeating what he did next time out, and it's a perfectly logical conclusion. Fury has fresher legs, moves very well for someone smaller than him, let alone for his size, and almost certainly has more than Klitschko made him show in that fight, too.

What do you think? Can Wladimir change his game enough to find more success against Fury in a rematch, or is this just a bad matchup for the former champion?

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