Tyson Fury the bookies’ favourite to reign supreme
In what would be the biggest fight in British boxing history, the bookmakers are heavily fancying undefeated, WBC world champion Tyson Fury to beat WBA, WBO and IBF champ Anthony Joshua in a fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world
The Gypsy King is as short as 4/7 to hand Joshua the second defeat of his career, while he’s as short as 4/9 with some operators. Fury, who knocked former-WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, out in devastating fashion last February, will be looking to cement his legacy as the best heavyweight of this era in the highly-anticipated face-off with Joshua.
AJ, who overcame mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in December via a 9th round stoppage, is out at 7/4 with the bookies, with many believing Fury’s height and speed advantage will prove too much for the 31-year-old.
An unlikely draw is a chunky 22/1.
Method of victory: A Fury points victory the most likely outcome
Looking at the ‘method of victory market’, and Tyson Fury can be backed at 15/8 to beat Anthony Joshua on the judges’ scorecards. Fury is widely-regarded as the most technically proficient boxer in the division, although his brutal dismantling of Wilder in Las Vegas will lead some punters to back a Gypsy King stoppage at 2/1.
On the flip-side, Joshua’s best chance of winning appears to be via stoppage. Joshua’s much-lauded power has secured him 22 knockout wins from 25 bouts, and he’s priced at 5/2 to stop Fury for the first time in his career.
Meanwhile, a Joshua points victory is way out at 8/1 – an outcome which is only likely should Fury hear the final bell after hitting the canvas a number of times.
Where is the money going?
Over the last seven days, 54% of bets places by Oddschecker punters have been on Tyson Fury, while underdog Joshua has seen 39% of the action, with the remaining 7% of bets placed on a draw.
In the ‘method of victory market’, an AJ knockout has proven popular, with 50% of bets placed on this outcome, with a Fury knockout seeing a smaller 30% of bets.
Joshua vs Fury Odds:
– Tyson Fury – 4/7
– Anthony Joshua – 7/4
– Draw – 22/1