Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk Betting Preview
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Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk Betting Preview

Anthony Joshua takes on WBO mandatory challenge Oleksandr Usyk with multiple titles on the line and a potential fight against Tyson Fury also up for grabs. Let's have a look at the betting picks.

Although the recent cancellation of Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr. (who is out due to injury and replaced with Yordenis Ugas), there are still some great boxing matches on the schedule. One of the most exciting fights is a heavyweight clash, which you can read about in our Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr betting preview.   

Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk Predictions

After talks between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury fell apart (due to contractual obligations), Oleksandr Usyk – the WBO mandatory challenge finally gets his shot at the champ on September 25 in London, England.

Anthony Joshua Fighter Stats

  • Record: 24-1
  • 22 wins by KO
  • Height: 6 ft 6 inches
  • Reach: 82 inches
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Weight: 240.8 lbs (at last fight weigh-in)
  • Last Fight: Ninth round knockout win against Kubrat Pulev (Dec. 2020)
  • Titles: WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles

Oleksandr Usyk Fighter Stats

  • Record: 18-0
  • 13 wins by KO
  • Height: 6 ft 3 inches
  • Reach: 78 inches
  • Stance: Southpaw
  • Weight: 232 lbs (as of July 2021, 14 lbs heavier than last fight weigh-in)
  • Last Fight: 12 round victory by unanimous decision against Derek Chisora (October 2020)
  • Titles: Formerly WBA (super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring cruiser champion 

Best Bet to Win the Fight

To Win the FightFunbetFunbetTo Win the Fight
Anthony Joshua1.353.00Oleksandr Usyk

The betting lines have Anthony Joshua as the favourite to win the fight – as would be expected for the all-time great heavyweight. However, despite only making a move up from cruiserweight two fights ago, we can see this battle of the titans being a little closer than expected.

Joshua has a physical advantage over Oleksandr Usyk. He is taller, stronger, has longer arms, and weights more. Experience-wise, Joshua also has a considerable advantage. Although he won his first two fights – some former heavyweights believe he does not have the power to compete against the best in the division. But Usyk is no scrub.

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What does Usyk do about it? He goes out and adds 15 pounds in preparation for the bout. Bulking up is not enough to beat Anthony Joshua. Usyk needs to use his cruiserweight speed and movement against the bigger fighter to have a chance at winning. Wear down Joshua’s stamina (not easy) and catch him as a southpaw in the right spots.

Can he do that enough to win the fight? As great as Usyk is as a cruiserweight, we have not seen enough from him in the heavyweight division. Maybe if the fight was a quick turnaround for Joshua (nine months is not quick). Perhaps if we knew for sure, he keeps his speed despite bulking up.  That we do not know, and that is why we have to stick with the champ in this fight.

Anthony Joshua To Win the Fight
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Fight Outcome Prop Betting Picks

Fight OutcomeFunbet
Joshua Win by KOTKO
Joshua Win by Decision4.00
Usyk Win by KOTKO
Usyk Win by Decision4.75

We are betting on Anthony Joshua to win the fight. But how will he win the fight (which is where we find the best bet to make on this fight)?

Anthony Joshua is a knockout artist. His knockout rate in his career is 91.67% in all fights and 70% in title fights. He has knockouts against some of the best heavyweights of the last 20 years – including Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin.

We expect Usyk to try and dance around the ring to tire out Joshua and make him less effective. But after the loss to Andy Ruiz (more like shocking upset few, if any saw coming), Joshua has been a more intelligent fighter. He will bide his time with Usyk – seeing what he has in him, before going for the heavy strikes.

Usyk’s previous heavyweight opponents – Derek Chisora and Chazz Witherspoon – are not nearly the deadly combination of power and speed that makes Joshua an all-time great. Basically, to surmise all that, bet on Joshua to win by KO.

Anthony Joshua to Win by KO/TKO To Win the Fight
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Round Betting Picks

Round BettinFunbet
Joshua Win in Round 515
Joshua Win in Round 613
Joshua Win in Round 713
Joshua Win in Round 813
Joshua Win in Round 915

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If you want to bet on the round the fight ends, we are looking at somewhere between rounds five and nine. Usyk is a good fighter – and like we said, with more heavyweight experience, he may not have a chance actually to win the fight. And while we do not predict him to win, we expect him to last for at least half the fight.

Oleksandr Usyk odds

We also have not seen Joshua knocking out people in the first three rounds as he did in the early and mid-2010s. In his last eight wins, only one has ended before the seventh round (a third-round TKO against Eric Molina in 2016). Based on the most frequent round of the last eight fights, the best bet to make is the seventh round.

We are betting on the seventh round – but you can bet on a few rounds you expect Joshua to win the fight and still profit if one of the rounds hits.

Anthony Joshua To Win in the Seventh Round
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