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Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua Odds, Picks & How to Watch

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Aug 15, 2022 · 3:27 PM PDT

Oleksandr Usyk in the boxing ring
Oct 12, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Oleksandr Usyk (white trunks) during his match against Chazz Witherspoon (not pictured) during a heavyweight boxing match at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
  • Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua goes Saturday, August 20th at 4 PM EST
  • Usyk is a sizable favorite heading into the fight
  • Check out the Usyk vs Joshua odds, analysis, and predictions, below

Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua goes Saturday at Jeddah Superdome in Saudi Arabia and broadcasts on DAZN. The former is a two-to-one favorite over the latter in the Usyk vs Joshua II betting odds, priced at -205.

Let’s analyze the Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua odds via DraftKings Sportsbook as we provide our best bet for the bout.

Usyk vs Joshua Odds

Fighter Odds
Oleksandr Usyk -205
Anthony Joshua +160

Odds as of August 15th via DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

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This fight is known as ‘Rage on the Red Sea’ and is looked at as one of the biggest heavyweight rematches that the sweet science has ever had. Usyk’s -205 moneyline price gives him 67% implied probability to defeat Joshua.

Oleksandr Usyk’s Betting Outlook vs Joshua

Usyk put himself in rarefied air last time out with names like Evander Holyfield and David Haye being the only other men to become undisputed cruiserweight world champion and then win a heavyweight world title after that.

Diametrically opposed to the first fight, Usyk is now the titleholder (WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion) while Joshua is in the role of challenger.

Nearly one year after their first clash in September 2021, these two are running it back. Usyk thoroughly and very comprehensively outpointed Joshua; also seemingly rocking him at different points in the bout.

Usyk vs Joshua Recent Fights

Usyk
VS
Joshua
Anthony Joshua, win via UD Fight 1 Oleksandr Usyk, loss via unanimous decision
Derek Chisora, win via UD Fight 2 Kubrat Pulev, win via KO
Chazz Witherspoon, win via RTD Fight 3 Andy Ruiz, win via UD
Tony Bellew, win viaTKO Fight 4 Andy Ruiz, loss viaTKO

Usyk has never tasted defeat as a professional fighter and aims to garner his twentieth pro win on fight night.

While many favor the champion retaining, Joshua is no stranger to losing his unified heavyweight titles only to regain them in a rematch (as evidenced by his pair of fights versus Andy Ruiz).

Anthony Joshua’s Betting Outlook vs Usyk

Joshua is one of the most impressive generational heavyweights we have seen, but there is still a lot of redemption in this weekend’s bout.

At this curious crossroads, can Joshua avenge his loss like he did in the Ruiz binary or will Usyk retain and go 2-0 over Joshua in the process?

These heavyweight titans have their defined strengths and paths to victory in this one.

Usyk is a crafty southpaw with a super high fight IQ and will have a discernible speed advantage here if the first fight is any indicator.

Conversely, Joshua is more known as a knockout artist with a stoppage rate of ninety-two percent as compared to Usyk’s finishing rate of sixty-eight percent.

Usyk vs Joshua Tale of the Tape

Usyk
VS
Joshua
19-0 Record 24-2
13 Knockouts 22
6’3 Height 6’6
78″ Reach 82″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox

Usyk vs Joshua Prediction

This prizefight is scheduled for twelve rounds but I see it ending inside the distance, unlike the first fight.

The prop bet on this one going the distance is +105 while the prop on this fight not going the distance is situated at -140. I think the latter prop presents greater value.

Usyk winning via stoppage or on the judges’ scorecards is actually fairly close with the Usyk by decision prop. Usyk via decision is being valued at +170 while Usyk garnering a finish is positioned at +180. Joshua’s path to victory is more defined in the oddsmakers’ eyes with Joshua by KO or TKO at +250 while Joshua via decision is +700.

I have Joshua winning via KO or TKO and think the +250 prop bet is of great value.

Pick: Anthony Joshua (+160)

 

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