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Haye bigger favourite for Chisora win as rounds cut from 12 to ten

| 13.07.2012

Although David Haye virtually guaranteed a KO against Dereck Chisora, the fact that the heavyweight grudge match will take place over ten rounds and not the anticipated 12 suggests that it is a points success that is perhaps more likely.

The loss of six minutes of action makes sense in the fact that there is no belt on the line and typically 12 rounds is reserved for title fights, hence why the last two rounds are called the Championship rounds.

However, with the fight being marketed in the way that it has and available on pay per view, it was expected that the bout would take place over 12 rounds.

The drop in rounds looks to favour Haye, who arguably has the greater concerns in relation to his stamina in the build up to the fight and the change in fight distance has likely initiated from within his camp.

Haye remains 1/3 in the boxing odds to triumph and the 13/8 that he prevails on points has suddenly looked more appetising.

The fewer rounds will allow Haye to use his superior speed without as much risk of blowing out in the final rounds.

There is the consensus that as this is now a shorter bout, both fighters will be more inclined to throw punches at a higher tempo.

In fact, it may just allow Haye to dance around a little bit more and keep the fight at a distance, where he can dominate with his jab without taking many risks.

Meanwhile, with Haye doing the more stylish work and showing better boxing skills, there may also be some value in the 11/4 that he outpoints Chisora on the scorecards of all three judges and wins by unanimous decision.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.