Anthony Joshua will enter the ring against Oleksandr Usyk with a 24-1 record. However, AJ was eagerly waiting for the most anticipated match with his long-term rival Tyson Fury. Unfortunately, the fight got canceled due to some arbitrator reason and the new fight scheduled with Usyk.
Joshua will now turn his attention to Usyk and may face Fury later. After his only loss to Andy Ruiz Joshua came back against Kubrat Pulev with a KO win. And the next bout will be his second fight after the loss. So, AJ is surely looking for a win and retain IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles.
Oleksandr Usyk has an unbeaten record with 18 wins. He was a cruiserweight winner and later turned into a heavyweight fighter. Further, Usyk already fought two heavyweight matches and won both of the fights. Now, he is in the title fight.
In terms of height, reach, age and experience AJ holds all the aces compared to Usyk. But, Oleksandr has all the capabilities to bring the belts home if the fights strategically.
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk Odds and Picks
Joshua to win: 4/11
Usyk to win: 9/4
Joshua to win via decision/technical decision: 21/10
Joshua to win by KO/TKO or DQ: 11/10
Usyk to win via decision/technical decision: 7/2
Usyk to win by KO/TKO or DQ: 7/1
Odds via Betfair. We don’t promote any kind of Gambling. Therefore, all decisions are up to you.
Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk Prediction
The fighters will battle at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Joshua will join the fight as a favorite. However, Usyk is unbeaten so far, but he is considerably new in the heavyweight category. The Ukrainian fighter is seemingly on the right track in the new category as he won two heavyweight fights. And he is looking to achieve all belts.
AJ, on the other hand, might think this fight as a warm up match as he will Tyson Fury in coming years. Joshua has immense punching power and knockout capability. Nonetheless, Usyk has a strong chin, which will make him a difficult opponent for AJ.
Usyk was a cruiserweight champ. Usually, the cruiserweight requires a high punching power and evidently this will be a threat to Joshua. But, Joshua will get benefits from his height, reach, power and age. Hence, we pick Joshua to win by late stoppage.