Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua Odds: Usyk is Given a 67% chance to win
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua Odds: Usyk is Given a 66% chance to win
Anthony Joshua will look to become a heavyweight champion for the third time, and in the process revenge for just the second loss of his career last September to Oleksandr Usyk. Almost a year after sharing the ring in a sold-out Tottenham Hotspur stadium, a fight that was ruled a unanimous decision in favor of Usyk will be run back; this time at the massive Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia.
Can Joshua get his revenge with the world watching for the biggest fight of the year so far? Let’s take a closer look at both of these fighters and how things might play out on August 20th.
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua Start Time, Where To Watch, And Odds
When: August 20, 2022, 1 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
Where: Jeddah Superdome, Saudi Arabia
Where to Watch: PPV
Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs)
Standing at 6’3”, Usyk doesn’t come into a size disadvantage often but that’s precisely where he finds himself again in this fight against the 6’6” Joshua, who also has a 4” reach advantage. Recent pictures have surfaced of Usyk having put on quite a bit of frame since the last time these two fought in September, something Joshua and his camp will surely be aware of.
Already the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion, Usyk took the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles from Joshua with the win, and has not fought since will be putting them all on the line once again here. Despite being a powerful puncher, it is worth noting that Usyk has just one KO in his last six fights, an 8th-round KO of Tony Bellew in November.
Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs)
Picking up his first (WBC) belt in just his ninth fight back in 2014, Joshua has ascended the ranks beating a whos-who of the heavyweight division en route to four other belts along the way. Losing and then avenging a fight vs. Andy Ruiz Jr., things were looking back on track for Joshua heading into the September clash with Usyk.
After losing the early rounds in a decisive fashion, Joshua could never win back the judges as he ultimately lost the fight via decision. With a potential super fight looming against Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, as it has been for years, a win here is critical to get Joshua back on track in being one of the biggest draws the sport has to offer.
Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua Odds
These odds have flipped since the first fight, where Joshua was the heavy -278 favorite at the close, with Usyk coming in around +170. For the rematch, Usyk opened up around a -240 favorite with Joshua in the +190 to +200 range.
Since then, the money has flowed in on Joshua, with those looking to back Usyk best suited to head to BetMGM (-190) and Joshua backers to FanDuel (+175).
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