On April 25, Wladimir Klitschko will take on Bryant Jennings at New York's Madison Square Garden. This bout, which will air on HBO, will be for Klitschko's WBA, WBO, IBO, IBF and The Ring heavyweight titles. Jennings has an amazing record so far but the oddsmakers are clearly siding with Klitschko for this bout.
Specifically Klitschko has -1600 odds to win this bout. Meanwhile, Jennings is listed at +800. This is a clear sign that Klitschko is the favorite to win but there is a potential for casinos and sportsbooks to be hit hard in the event that plenty of people make some huge bets on Jennings and he wins.
Much of this comes from the histories of the two boxers. Wladimir Klitschko has a 63-3 record with 53 knockouts and is second only to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in The Ring's rankings of the best pound-for-pound boxers. He has even been on the publication's ranking of the ten best heavyweights for more than 500 weeks.
Dr. Steelhammer hasn't lost a single bout since 2004. Seven of his last ten victories have been by knockout with the latest being two fifth-round knockouts of Kubrat Pulev and Alex Leapai.
Bryant Jennings is currently 19-0 and has ten knockouts to his name. He is also in fifth in The Ring's rankings of the best heavyweights in the sport. Jennings also has a three-inch advantage in reach against Klitschko but is also three inches shorter.
By-By's last two bouts were at Madison Square Garden. He had a last-minute TKO against Artur Szpilka and a split decision against Mike Perez in those two bouts. His upcoming match is going to be the biggest test of his career as it could spoil his undefeated record.
Judging by these statistics, it is clear that Wladimir Klitschko has a strong advantage to win this bout. This does not mean that Bryant Jennings is not an appealing competitor to take a look at with regards to a popular and potentially profitable underdog pick.