Dr Steelhammer for quick win
Our expert Derek Bilton says Wladimir Klitschko can record a super-fast win over Mariusz Wach when they meet in Hamburg.
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Wladimir Klitschko defends his WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles in Hamburg this weekend against Mariusz Wach.
A big crowd is again expected at the O2 Arena but the result looks in little doubt with Wladimir no better than 1/9 with the layers to chalk up his fifty ninth pro win (against just three defeats).
Wach is unbeaten but almost unheard of outside of his native Poland. He's a big guy who has won all 27 of his pro fights to date but most of those wins have come against stiffs, C-Listers and tomato cans.
I don't think he is anywhere near ready for a fight with someone as dangerous as Dr Steelhammer, a former Olympian who has been operating at or around world class for over a decade.
Klitschko has a KO ratio well in excess of 80% and he could be revved up to look sensational following the recent death of his trainer and mentor Manny Steward. With this in mind I might have a small play on Klitschko to win the fight inside 60 seconds in Germany at a rather tempting 40/1.
If that fights looks horribly one-sided, across the pond this weekend Abner Mares' WBC super-bantamweight title clash with Anselmo Moreno could end up as a Fight of the Year contender.
Mares is the first fighter Golden Boy took from scratch and made into a world champion, and he can fight. The Mexican, who now resides in California, is unbeaten in 25 fights (24 wins against one draw) and he has already reigned as an IBF champion at bantamweight.
In his last fight he stepped up and took care of business against Eric Morel for the WBC super-bantam crown. That win looks OK on paper but Morel is a shell of the fighter he once was and if Mares feels like he can dominate Moreno like he did Morel, he's in for a rude awakening.
Moreno is a master craftsman who has not lost in over a decade. Indeed the two blots on his copybook, a draw and a spilt decision loss, occurred when he was a four-round fighter punching for pay in obscurity in his native Panama.
He is 33-1-1 (12) and while relatively unknown to US fight aficionados, I have a feeling this will all change this weekend. He has already beaten top men such as Vic Darchinyan, Lorenzo Parra and Mahyar Monshipour, but the scalp of Mares in a big televised US card would really herald his arrival and I think he has the skills to get the job done.
It won't be a cakewalk as Moreno is not a heavy-hitter and Mares is the house fighter. However I have seen enough of Moreno to suggest that he can put on a clinic here and leave no doubt in the minds of the judges or the pro-Mares crowd as to just who the best man is.