Hamilton heavily backed over Joshua for SPOTY 2017

Hamilton heavily backed over Joshua for SPOTY 2017

Lewis Hamilton has accounted for 53.5% of bets in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year market since Sunday evening.

Anthony Joshua has been the favourite for Sports Personality of the Year since his knockout of Wladimir Klitschko back in April and is currently best odds 2/5 to take home the prize. 

That hasn't stopped punters backing Lewis Hamilton in their droves since his F1 World Championship win was confirmed on Suday evening though. There is a lot of perceived value on Hamilton at odds of 8/1 and with his victory fresh in the public's mind it's no surprise that bettors are taking on Joshua at his short price. 

Hamilton has received 53.5% of bets in the market to win SPOTY this year in that time frame, while Anthony Joshua trails in his wake at 28%. What's clear, going by the betting trends, is that it will be a two horse race when the public vote on December 17 and the freshness of the two sportsmen's achievements in their minds could be key.

AJ's achievements this year have seen him quiten a lot of doubters that said he hadn't fought anyone with repute, despite having a perfect career knockout record. That fight against Klitschko seems a long time ago though and with Joshua's last minute bout with Takam at the weekend proving underwhelming that could see bets conitunue to pour in on Hamilton.