Angry about rain ruining the US Open odds? You can take our your frustration by watching heavyweights slug it out in the ring Saturday night when Wladimir Klitschko battles Ruslan Chagaev for the IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles.
After his rematch with Nikolai Valuev was cancelled, Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (25-0-1) arguably gets a bump up in competition in Klitschko (52-3). Is Chagaev ready? He’s a big boxing odds underdog, but he’s undefeated. He’s an exciting fighter, winning over judges with his flashiness and respectable punching power. The biggest thing may have going for him is determination – a deep desire to win that no sportsbook software could ever understand. Klitschko has dominated the division for years; is it possible that he’ll get complacent?
Chagaev has to hope so, as he doesn’t seem to have any advantage besides hunger. Klitschko has everything going for him – he’s big and obviously has as much power as he needs; he has deceptive mobility for his size; he’s a surgeon with his punches; and he’s simply a smart fighter overall, an underrated champion who picks apart his opponents.
Chagaev hangs his hat on his big win over Valuev, but who else of note has he beaten? While it’s impressive that Chagaev beat a man almost a foot taller than him, those tracking daily sports picks shouldn’t equate Valuev with Klitschko. Valuev is a powerful giant, but he’s slow as can be; you can see his punches coming a mile away.
Klitschko is more seasoned, more mobile and smarter. Chagaev may not be ready for this type of challenge, so it’s better to go with the tried and true Wladimir Klitschko’s boxing odds this weekend.