Joshua v Usyk betting tips: Ukrainian can’t be taken lightly
Odds and preview for Saturday’s heavyweight fight
British heavyweight Anthony Joshua takes on Oleksandr Usyk in Tottenham on Saturday and we have looked at the odds for some Joshua v Usyk betting tips.
With a lucrative clash against Tyson Fury on hold for now, Joshua bids to defend his trio of heavyweight titles against former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk.
The title fight takes place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London,and is live on Sky Sports pay-per-view with the fight expected to commence at 10pm.
Joshua v Usyk fight odds
The WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion bids to defend his titles against 34-year-old Ukrainian southpaw Usyk and is 2/5 favourite to win.
The only blemish on Joshua’s card is that he was knocked out in seven rounds by Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden in June 2019.
Joshua went on to win the rematch on points in decisive fashion in Saudi Arabia six months later and boasts a 24-1 record, with 22 knockouts.
While Fury has career-defining wins against the likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder, Joshua has been more consistent, with a string of wins against top-10 opponents such as Dillian Whyte, Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Carlos Takam, Alexander Povetkin and Ruiz.
After nine months out of the ring, Joshua faces the former Olympic champion and cruiserweight dominator, who has only fought twice in the sport’s glamour division – a seventh-round stoppage of late-sub Chazz Witherspoon and a decision win over Derek Chisora. Two of the judges had the fight 115-112 while the third saw it wider at 117-112, all for Usyk. Neither win was spectacular.
Joshua has physical advantage
For both of Usyk’s fights in this division, he weighed in at 216lb while Joshua typically weighs in around the 245lb mark. The size difference is substantial.
Joshua also has a three-inch height advantage, a four-inch reach advantage and, unlike the challenger, he carries knockout power in both fists.
Yet for all that he is the smaller man, Usyk is experienced with 350 amateur fights (winning 335) and has speed, mobility and ring-craft that are sure to challenge Joshua.
He is a world-class left-hander, who is a much more elusive target than Joshua has faced, yet there are questions over whether he possesses sufficient power in this division.
Usyk has unified four belts, won seven title fights and beat the best in the cruiserweight division. He is not to be underestimated and after being dropped and stopped by Ruiz Jr, Joshua is not about to underestimate an opponent again.
Usyk is capable of making himself a difficult target, although defensive finesse is not something he is known for and Joshua is 14/5 to win by decision or technical decision in the Joshua v Usyk betting tips.
He may have to bide his time and be patient as he was when picking his moments against Ruiz Jr in the rematch. That fight showed he had matured – he could change his tactics, with cautiousness prevailing over recklessness and frustration.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication