June 29, 2011
-- Haye’s supporters on the spreads will hoping that, as a natural born showman, he rises to the occasion in what is being billed as the biggest contest in this division since Lennox Lewis beat Mike Tyson in 2002. But spread bettors who got with Haye for his last fight against Audley Harrison will know that the younger Klitschko brother is a different proposition altogether. Any spread buyer of Haye’s win index (win inside distance: 25 points; win by decision: 10 points; draw: 5 points; loss: 0 points) at 9.5 is relying on the Bermondsey Bomber to extend a run that has seen him lose just once in his professional career – and never as a heavyweight.
The only defeat of Haye’s professional career to date was inflicted in 2004 by Carl Thompson. After later unifying the cruiserweight division, Haye stepped up to become a heavyweight. Spread sellers of his win index at 8 will recall that he has won all four fights since, snatching the WBA belt from Russian giant Nikolai Valuev along the way, and that he has achieved a total 23 knockouts in 25 wins.
Spread bettors buying Klitschko’s supremacy at 5 (10 points for winning, plus 3 points per round end remaining; draw: 0 points) will point out that the IBF and WBO champion has an impressive career record of his own. His reads 55 wins, with 49 knockouts, and just three defeats from 58 bouts.
Just one of those losses occurred in Germany and spread buyers of Klitschko’s win index at 13 with Sporting Index will be desperate for that record to remain intact.
Both men have won a high proportion of their fights by knockouts and spread sellers of rounds and minutes will be anticipating that trend to continue. Spread bettors selling total fight minutes with Sporting Index at 21.5 or total rounds at 7 will be rewarded if either man lands an early winning blow. On the other hand, spread punters buying fight minutes at 22.5 or total rounds at 8 will be expecting a war of attrition as both fighters cancel each other out.
Of the two men, Klitschko boasts greater height and reach, but they are both known for their powerful punching. In the total fight knockdowns market spread bettors must decide how many times in total they will hit the canvas between them. Spread punters can go short at 1.55 or long at 1.75. Klitschko total knockdowns – how many times he is knocked down – is trading at 0.7-0.8 and Haye total knockdowns at 0.85-0.95.
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