Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2 odds and free betting picks
Oleksandr Usyk, pictured in action (R) defeating Tim Witherspoon, will be looking to beat Anthony Joshua once again. Credit © Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
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Three of the four major world heavyweight titles are on the line as unified champion Oleksandr Usyk defends his belts against Anthony Joshua in this much-anticipated rematch.
Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs), the previous undisputed king down at cruiserweight, ripped up the established order last September by traveling to London, England to wrest the belts from the popular Brit as around a two-to-one underdog.
While it was an upset in betting terms, few inside the industry were truly surprised. Usyk’s quality and elite technical prowess were already recognized by most, but the ease in which the southpaw negated the considerable size advantage of Joshua should have converted even the last few remaining doubters.
For Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs), it was another sizable setback and, though his second career defeat was less violent than the seven-round shellacking dished out to him by Andy Ruiz in the summer of 2019, the comprehensive manner in which he was outpointed leaves ‘AJ’ at a crossroads.
Joshua, of course, avenged that Ruiz loss just six months later, taking the immediate rematch and comfortably outboxing the out-of-shape champion in a marked - and highly effective - change of approach from their initial encounter. As with the Ruiz sequel, then, it’s Usyk who this time must meet his contractual obligations by running things back at the earliest opportunity.
Usyk will be looking to use his superior skills to outwit Joshua again © Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
Like Ruiz, Usyk must also travel to the Middle East to do so, with the unlikely setting of the Saudi Arabian desert playing host once more. While the arena will be a far cry from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the 66,000-strong crowd that paid to see the first fight, it will represent a return to a happy hunting ground for Joshua ahead of a match-up in which he will need every possible edge.
Usyk’s return to national service in his native Ukraine to defend against the Russian invasion cast doubts over whether this rematch would ever happen, but even a few months’ delay seems unlikely to give Joshua the time required. Usyk is favored to win the rematch at odds of around -225, or a 69% implied chance, and barring a major Joshua rebuild, it is hard to see much appeal in the underdog at +190 (35%).
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|19-0, 13KOs||Record||24-2, 22KOs|