Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk Betting Preview & Odds (World Heavyweight Boxing, September 25)
British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will take on Ukrainian former undisputed cruiserweight champion and the WBO’s heavyweight mandatory challenger, Oleksandr Usyk, on 25 September 2021 Hotspur Stadium, London.
Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk – Head to Head
31-year-old British boxer Anthony Joshua hasn’t faced his Ukrainian counterpart yet, meaning they’ll clash for the first time in their professional careers on the 25th. Let’s check out what to expect from each of the 2 boxers.
Anthony Joshua’s mammoth 6’6″ frame is often enough to strike fear into the opponent’s minds. Joshua also boasts of a noteworthy weight advantage with his significant height advantage, with Oleksandr Usyk usually dealing with fights in the cruiserweight weight class. In a nutshell, as far as the physical attributes are considered, Anthony Joshua is superior, at least on paper.
Joshua showed a lot of technical ability in his fight against Kubrat Pulev last winter, where he knocked the Bulgarian out in the 9th round. While both boxers started cautiously in an attempt to discover the other’s range, Anthony Joshua showed he wanted the victory more as he took the initiative soon after. Despite Pulev’s resilience, Joshua’s uppercuts proved too difficult to defend against for much longer, and he ultimately succumbed in the 9th round.
Anthony Joshua will participate in his 26th match when he faces off against Oleksandr Usyk later this month. Initially, it was believed that Joshua would be squaring off against Tyson Fury. Still, upon an arbitration ruling that pitted Deontay Wilder against Fury instead, Joshua’s fight with Usyk was scheduled. Of his 25 previous fights, he has won 24, losing just one match. Here are the results of his last 5 contests:
- 12 December 2020 – defeated Kubrat Pulev via KO in 9 rounds
- 07 December 2019 – defeated Andy Ruiz Jr. via UD
- 01 June 2019 – lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. via TKO in 7 rounds
- 22 September 2018 – defeated Alexander Povetkin via TKO in 7 rounds
- 31 March 2018 – defeated Joseph Parker via UD
The 34-year-old Ukrainian southpaw, nicknamed ‘The Cat’, will be a very strong contender to hold his own against the fierce Anthony Joshua. Interestingly, there was much debate about whether Usyk was even the rightful WBO mandatory challenger, as British boxer Dillian Whyte – the WBO’s number one ranked heavyweight contender – believed he should’ve been the one fighting Anthony Joshua instead. However, Usyk’s WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO cruiserweight champion titles made him a super champion, which gave him the edge over Whyte as he shifted his weight class to heavyweight.
Stats prove that Usyk is more than ready to make the shift from cruiserweight to heavyweight. His stature is similar to Andy Ruiz Jr., who defeated Anthony Joshua despite being over 4 inches shorter than the British boxer. However, Usyk himself has claimed that Ruiz Jr.’s short stature helped him famously defeat Joshua. Usyk has 18 professional fights under his belt, with all ending in victories in his favour. He has landed knockout blows in 13 of those fights. The result of his last 5 fights are:
- 31 October 2020 – defeated Derek Chisora via UD
- 12 October 2019 – defeated Chazz Witherspoon via RTD in 7 rounds
- 10 November 2018 – defeated Tony Bellew via KO in 8 rounds
- 21 July 2018 – defeated Murrat Gassiev via UD
- 27 January 2018 – defeated Mairis Briedis via MD
Joshua vs. Usyk Predictions
The fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk is nicely poised, and it promises to be a very exciting encounter between 2 powerful opponents. Here are the top 3 betting picks for the event:
- Anthony Joshua to win in the 9th round – (14/1)
In his last 5 matches, the result of which was determined via knockout, Anthony Joshua amassed 44 rounds. On average, that is a decision determined every 9 rounds. Of late, Joshua has resorted to a very pragmatic approach to his fights. He has used the initial rounds to assess his opponent before chalking out a plan. He has enacted said plan to perfection on almost every occasion, landing telling blows in the middle rounds before registering the all-important one between rounds 7-11. His latest match against Kubrat Pulev also resulted in a round 9 knockout in his favour, and the value associated with a repeat of the same is too good not to consider.
- Anthony Joshua to win via KO, TKO, or disqualification – (5/6)
Joshua has won 24 of his 25 bouts since turning professional and has a perfect rate of knocking his opponent out in the process. 22 of his 24 wins have come via a knockout or a technical knockout. Joshua’s boxing style means that he likes to take an aggressive approach to certain fights and never shies away from taking the initiative to win the match. He is someone who would most certainly take his chances of ending the battle early if he senses an opportunity rather than play it safe and see the match out. With Oleksandr Usyk still getting used to the heavyweight class, Anthony Joshua’s experience of fighting and excelling in this weight class has him the firm favourite to win the match.
- Oleksandr Usyk to win via UD – (19/10)
Although Anthony Joshua is the bookmakers’ favourite and deservingly so, predicting the underdog to pull off the upset has excellent value. Usyk has never lost a professional fight in his career so far, but he has also never squared off against a boxer of Anthony Joshua’s caliber. As a result, the boxing bookmakers have placed fascinating value on Oleksandr Usyk to shock the world and defeat Joshua, and it is something one could capitalize on. It is challenging to picture Usyk knocking out Joshua altogether, so if an upset is indeed on the cards, it is most likely in the form of a decision at the end of 12 rounds. It is also a tip to consider for an in-play bet, wherein the bettor may decide to cash out depending on how the fight progresses.
Joshua vs. Usyk – Winner Prediction
Anthony Joshua has far more experience than Oleksandr Usyk and has a lot at stake to not win this fight. Defending his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles, Joshua knows he cannot lose concentration as Oleksandr Usyk is exactly the kind of competitor who would pounce on such a lapse in focus. That said, Joshua’s physical stature and the power in his blows should prove too much for Usyk to deal with just yet, and Joshua should, as a result, win via a knockout.
Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight titles are on the line! It’s time to get betting.