A pair of highly anticipated boxing matchups are fast approaching, each of which will have major implications for the future of the heavyweight division. The WBA (Super), IBF, IBO, and WBO heavyweight belts will be on the line on Saturday, September 25 when champion Anthony Joshua takes on challenger Oleksandr Usyk as a heavy favourite.
Just two weeks later on October 9, a long-standing rivalry will be rekindled when Tyson Fury puts his WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles on the line in a highly anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder.
CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the odds and trends ahead of two of the most important heavyweight boxing matchups in recent memory. Sports bettors looking to get in on boxing action for the first time can refer to our betting guides to learn all they need to know to get the best out of their combat sports betting experience.
|Odds - Usyk vs Joshua|
Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua (c)
According to one former champion, Anthony Joshua is in line to take on the toughest opponent he will ever face when he steps into the ring against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Tony Bellew spoke from experience when making the comments about Usyk, who dominated the former world champion from Britain while handing him a seventh-round KO loss in a battle for the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring cruiserweight titles three weeks ago.
Usyk successfully petitioned for a shot at the heavyweight crown after his recent move up to the heavyweight division. While he has wasted no time vaulting to top contender status, “The Cat” has failed to sway oddsmakers, who continue to make him a lengthy underdog on the boxing odds at Betway (3.00), where a $20 bet on the Ukrainian southpaw to pull off the upset paying out $60.
Anthony Joshua has been ordered by the WBO to defend his championship against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in his next fight.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 22, 2021
The 34-year-old Ukrainian has been a dominant force while racking up an unblemished professional record of 18-0. Usyk has finished opponents in 13 of his 18 career fights, including 10 victories inside eight rounds. However, as Bellew pointed out in his recent comments, Usyk lacks experience fighting as a heavyweight and is likely to wear down over a lengthy clash with Joshua, where looks to his latest title defence as a heavy favourite, sporting short 1.36 odds at Sports Interaction.
— Ramon (@rad1ram) December 12, 2020
Joshua is coming off a dominating performance last time out in December of last year, ending Kubrat Pulev’s night with a ninth-round KO win that improved his pro boxing record to 24-1. The British-born champion brings a proven track record of finishing opponents into his upcoming clash with Usyk, with 22 of his 24 career wins coming by KO or TKO.
However, Joshua’s desire to battle Fury is no secret. Indeed, a fight between the two champions was in the works before Usyk established himself as a mandatory contender, forcing Joshua to postpone any plans to battle Fury.
While that may raise concerns that he is looking beyond his date with Usyk, Joshua remains a safe bet to successfully defend his titles against the Ukrainian challenger. However, for sports bettors looking to hedge their bets, a wager on Usyk to win inside six rounds pays out on attractive 15.00 odds at Betway.
The Picks: Joshua to win by KO, TKO, or disqualification (1.83 at Betway)
|Odds - Fury vs Wilder III|
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury (c)
While Joshua looks to clear the decks for yet another shot at the unified heavyweight title, Tyson Fury faces his nemesis, Deontay Wilder, for the third time in less than three years when they meet in the ring at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 9. Fury first faced Wilder back in December 2018 in a 12-round clash at Staples Center that ended in a controversial split draw.
“The Gypsy King” left no doubt in his rematch with Wilder in February 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, taking the WBC heavyweight title from the 35-year-old American, along with the vacant The Ring heavyweight title, with a dominating seventh-round TKO victory. Now sporting a sparkling 30-0-1 record, and poised to return to the ring against Wilder as the champion, Fury has soared on the boxing odds, where he is now perched as a strong 1.28 favourite at Bet99.
— Mixtape Madness (@MixtapeMadness) December 2, 2018
A knockout specialist early in his career, Fury has matured over the course of his 13-year career. The winner of Comeback of the Year honours in the wake of his 2018 draw with Wilder, Fury has seen four of his past six fights go the distance, ending a stretch of eight finishes over his previous nine outings. More important is the experience that Fury has gained from his two previous dates with Wilder, who returns to action sporting long 3.30 odds at Funbet.
Work the body!
Deontay Wilder showing off the body shots during his 12 Rounds of Hell training.
A sign of things to come? pic.twitter.com/nMq7B5mceS
— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) September 13, 2021
None of that is to suggest that Wilder will be a pushover in his third meeting with the “Gypsy King”. Wilder’s defeat at the hands of Fury marks the first loss of his pro boxing career, dropping his record to 42-1-1, with 41 of those victories coming by knockout or TKO.
However, given his inability to finish Fury after knocking him down during their first encounter, and his limited experience in marathon slugfests, sports bettors should expect Wilder to wear down over the course of a long battle with the champion. That makes Fury a strong bet to not only successfully defend his titles, but also to end Wilder’s night inside the distance.
The Pick: Fury to win by KO, TKO, or disqualification (1.90 at Betway)