Boxing’s Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua returns to defend his WBO, WBA, and IBF titles this weekend. Read on for our complete breakdown on Anthony Joshua and his challenger Oleksandr Usyk. Continue reading for the updated heavyweight boxing odds, main event preview, and free boxing betting picks.
Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk
WBO, WBA, and IBF Heavyweight Championships Main Event Bout
Saturday, September 25, 2021 – 11:00 PM ET at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Pro Boxing Record: (24-1-0) (22 KOs)
- Age: 31
- Height: 6'6"
- Reach: 82.0"
- Fighting Stance: Orthodox
Anthony Joshua is undoubtedly one of the biggest moneymakers in modern-day boxing, boasting an Adonis physique with some good looks to match. With that said, boxing critics and fans alike can often discredit the British born boxer for being a "fluke" or "a weightlifter who boxes". And although these factors are false statements, certain opinions may never change – unless, of course, Joshua defeats the one opponent that boxing purists believe is the greatest heavyweight boxer on the planet, Tyson Fury!
Joshua versus Fury could easily go down as the biggest fight in boxing history. Still, first, both men are scheduled to defend their heavyweight championships before their respective heavyweight crowns can be unified. More importantly, the opposition cannot be overlooked; otherwise, our dream boxing matchup could be scrapped.
Whilst Tyson Fury meets with Deontay Wilder for a third encounter, Joshua will face the dangerous and undefeated Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk this coming Saturday.
Andy Ruiz did the unthinkable and dethroned Joshua in 2018, but a glitch in Joshua's dominant heavyweight journey was quickly rectified when he defeated the Mexican in an instant rematch. Besides Ruiz, Joshua has never been defeated, and nobody has come close.
Joshua will remain as the #2 ranked heavyweight in the world until he meets Fury, but first, Oleksandr Usyk will attempt to prevent the hype.
- Pro Boxing Record: (18-0) (13 KOs)
- Age: 34
- Height: 6'3"
- Reach: 78.0"
- Fighting Stance: Southpaw
Both fighters entering the ring this weekend are former Olympic Gold Medallists, and this achievement for Usyk was just the beginning. Not only did Usyk become the first-ever cruiserweight to obtain the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO championships simultaneously, but the progression during his early career was at such a fast succession he claimed his first world title within ten professional bouts.
One must believe that Usyk's technical boxing ability exceeds that of his opponent this weekend. Still, the Ukrainians path to victories in the heavyweight division isn't going to be as simple as the cruiserweight dominance he once delivered.
Joshua vs. Usyk Betting Odds and Best Bets
The top sportsbooks' opening odds naturally favor the six-foot-six, heavy-handed defending champion that is Anthony Joshua.
Unlike many heavyweight sluggers, Joshua understands the importance of boxing fundamentals and how the simplicity of a jab can become the most crucial weapon. Two fights, in particular, have displayed the usefulness of Joshua's jab – Joseph Parker and the second meeting with Andy Ruiz.
I'd say those two fights are Joshua's most impressive boxing fights to date, fighting behind his jab clinically to set up his power shots and create distance. AJ mixes up his jab perfectly as you'll notice body jabs become more critical than headhunting.
With genetics and boxing fundamentals heavily favoring the champion, it's hard to believe the more petite man in Usyk will successfully knockout or outpoint Joshua across the twelve rounds. The likes of Wladimir Klitschko struggled to handle the power of Joshua, and Usyk won't be prepared to bear a heavyweight with the power Joshua owns.
Boxing Pick: Anthony Joshua (-270) with GTbets
*The pick reflects the line now the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, do not forget to refer to our live odds.