Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk: AJ to earn his spurs

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk: AJ to earn his spurs

Date: 25/09/2021

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

TV: Sky Sports Box Office

Anthony Joshua puts his world heavyweight titles on the line when he stars in the first boxing event at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Up against him in north London is fellow Olympics 2012 gold medallist Oleksandr Usyk after talk of a meeting with Tyson Fury had to be put on hold.

The British fighter will have the vast majority of the 60,000 crowd on his side and we fancy him to win inside the distance at Evens as our initial Joshua vs Usyk prediction.

A Look At Anthony Joshua’s Betting Odds

A US ruling that Fury must fight Deontay Wilder again scuppered talk of Joshua facing his fellow Briton in Saudi Arabia so instead he is taking on his mandatory WBO opponent.

Joshua (24-1, 22KOs) is returning to the ring for the first time since December when he retained his WBA, IBF and WBO titles with a ninth-round knockout victory against Kubrat Pulev.

That fight had been scheduled to take place at Spurs’ home ground last June but the coronavirus pandemic led to the contest being switched to Wembley Arena, when only 1,000 fans were allowed in.

Joshua, who is 2/5 favourite to prevail, finally gets to step out at this impressive stadium here and will be keen to put on a show for a patriotic crowd while he is 2/1 to be beaten and a draw is 22/1.

“I put it all on the line again and it’s time to defend my crown,” said Joshua. “We are two Olympic gold medallists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges.

“The stadium is exceptional, the atmosphere will be electric, I’m honoured to be the first person to fight in such an awe inspiring venue. The stage is set and I am ready to handle business.”

Looking at the Joshua vs Usyk odds, we don’t think this will be an early blow-out against a skilled opponent, so 9/4 for the champ to win in rounds 7-12 appeals.

A Look At Oleksandr Usyk’s Betting Odds

While Joshua was winning gold at London 2012 in the super-heavyweight division, Usyk was doing the same in the heavyweight event.

Since then the Ukrainian has collected all four major world belts at cruiserweight and has won all 18 of his professional contests, 13 of which have finished inside the distance.

He has only had two previous fights in boxing’s blue riband division since stepping up from 200lbs, though, so there have to be worries about his punch resistance plus his ability to trouble Joshua with his power.

We’re taking 12/1 for the Brit to win by knockout in the eighth round to finish off our Joshua vs Usyk betting tips.

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