Odds: Anthony Joshua -227 favorite, Oleksandr Usyk +175 underdog. Prediction: Anthony Joshua via Decision. Anthony Joshua is set to take on undefeated Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk this September. This fight is […]
- Odds: Anthony Joshua -227 favorite, Oleksandr Usyk +175 underdog.
- Prediction: Anthony Joshua via Decision.
Anthony Joshua is set to take on undefeated Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk this September. This fight is the next best thing to AJ vs Fury, and fans won’t be disappointed once the bell rings on fight night. In this preview, we break down the latest Joshua vs Usyk odds with an early fight prediction.
Joshua vs Usyk Odds
The latest boxing odds are favoring AJ by 69.42% to defeat Usyk, (Bet $227, win $100). Joshua has the advantage with a plethora of heavyweight experience. That compared to Usyk’s two fights at this weight class, where he spent the majority of his career at cruiserweight. You can find betting odds on Usyk at +175 to defeat Joshua, (Bet $100, win $175).
While Tyson Fury has his opinions on Usyk, he believes Joshua will have his hand raised and the two will finally square off later this year or early 2022.
Joshua vs Usyk Prediction
British boxing fans will be familiar with this Ukrainian warrior taking out Tony Bellew in 2018 at Manchester Arena. That was Usyk’s last fight at cruiserweight before he took defeated Chazz Witherspoon and then Derek Chisora to win the WBO inter-continental heavyweight title. Anthony Joshua has smashed his way to the top. His journey one that is full of many milestones of plenty of highs and some lows too.
Predicting how AJ vs Usyk will play out has fans and pundits already divided. Personally, I see this being a very close match-up with both boxers possessing ways to win this fight. First off, the underdog Oleksandr Usyk has great lateral movement for a heavyweight. His southpaw style almost resembles a heavyweight version of Pacquiao, where he leaps in with shots then pulls back. We’ve seen AJ hurt in fights before and Usyk will pounce if he smells an inclining of AJ slowing down.
That being said, AJ won’t want to get into an exchange with Usyk, his style works best when he dictates the fight from distance and throws heavy counterpunches. Joshua’s fight IQ has evolved over the years and facing Usyk will be the next level to test how far it’s developed. Some key advantages AJ has in his favor for this fight are his strength, power, and reach over Usyk.
In terms of KO percentages, Joshua remains one of the hardest hitters in boxing. Joshua has a KO rate of 91% and if he sets up the jab long enough, he might just be able to land the killer blow to Usyk. What Usyk can offer isn’t a huge KO rate, but rather an intensity and work rate that has projected him to become a top-five pound-for-pound boxer.
Usyk has proven time and time again that he can learn and adapt on the fly. This will be one of his greatest assets against Joshua, who’ll look to keep the Ukrainian at bay and limit his opponents’ movement.
This fight will be cagey in the opening rounds. Due to the high stakes and both boxers, IQ’s trying to figure each other out. Overall Usyk certainly has the skills to cause Joshua problems, he will have to be on top of his game every single round especially in the later rounds when AJ tries to set up a KO.
This should be an intriguing fight and Joshua is been overlooked for the most part. I expect AJ to set up traps for Usyk and if he doesn’t finish him, he’ll look to score a decision win in this highly anticipated heavyweight clash.
Betting Pick: Anthony Joshua
Once the betting props are released for round betting and method of victory, we’ll have you covered at Betting Insider Journal.
The Long Road to Fury vs Joshua
While Usyk is not just another hurdle in the way of Joshua vs Fury getting made. He could actually prove to be the pound-for-pound best if he defeats AJ and goes on to take on The Gypsy King. That being said, the odds are against him and regardless of the result, we will eventually see Joshua and Fury step inside the squared circle.
Eddie Hearn recently gave an update on the date and location for Joshua – Usyk. “September 18 or 25 are the dates,” Hearn said. “And it is either Wembley or Spurs.
On the other side of the equation, Fury vs Wilder 3 is set for July 24th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Now Wilder eyes up his trilogy fight with Fury, in what appeared to be a strange decision at the press conference. “The Bronze Bomber” choose silence at the presser and didn’t engage with Fury whatsoever.
How do you see both of these heavyweight fights playing out? Comment below.