Joshua vs Usyk: prediction and bets on heavyweight world title, September 25, 2021
On the night of September 25, a fight between the Super WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO world champion Anthony Joshua and former undisputed heavyweight champion and mandatory WBO heavyweight challenger Oleksandr Usyk will take place. It will be held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, UK, starting at 10 p.m. local time (September 26, at midnight Moscow time).
The whole boxing world froze in anxious anticipation of a mega-fight. The fans of boxing are rubbing their sweaty hands in anticipation, counting the seconds until that bright moment when Joshua and Usyk will finally share the ring. And at stake, by the way, will be three main championship belts.
The current form of Joshua Anthony Joshua, as well as his current counterpart, has a lot of dust he rose among the amateurs, becoming a world championship silver medalist and an Olympic champion. At the same time, he started boxing only at the age of 18, and at first, he successfully combined it with fooling around, drinking, and partying. After becoming a pro, the British began to regularly knock down his opponents with alarming frequency. He smashed everyone who dared to throw a glove at his face.
Among Joshua’s victims were guys considered everything by weak, such as Dillian Whyte, Dominic Breazeale, Carlos Takam, Wladimir Klitschko – whom Joshua simply sent off to retire – and Alexander Povetkin. But there was one Mexican-American, who showed that Joshua was not so untouchable. Like a bolt from the blue, a fat man from California Andy Ruiz Jr. pulled off a knockout. However, revenge put everything in its place.
The current form of Usyk The Ukrainian was a brilliant amateur – the champion of Ukraine, the world, Europe, and, of course, the Olympic Games. With such a past, Usyk was destined for a gorgeous career among the pros, and he didn’t disappoint. He confidently rolled the rivals one after another starting with cruiserweight super-series. Mairis Briedis, who won the series next season, threw Usyk into a hellish fight, showing that the elusive Ukrainian, who had no weaknesses, could also be defeated. The final against Murat Gassiev was also tense, but Usyk’s victory was much more convincing.
Then Usyk decided to gain weight, but, fortunately, not like Tyson Fury or Andy Ruiz Jr., and went to conquer the most prestigious division. Here the fun begins. As a natural cruiserweight fighter, Usyk was and will be clearly the smallest of all his counterparts. In the last fight he had against the aging, but still very dangerous and unpredictable Derek Chisora, he didn’t look great – most likely due to the size of the rival – whom Usyk could not stop. Moreover, the stubborn and clumsy Chisora gave Usyk a lot of trouble, inflicting hard blows and pushing the opponent into the ropes, not giving him space. So, a simple and clear question arises – if Usyk had such difficulties with Chisora, what will happen in a battle against a much stronger, taller, more powerful, and technical Joshua?
We will now estimate the chances of both boxers and the verdict is simple and clean. Usyk has everything – technique, speed, footwork, a relatively good, but still weak kick for a heavyweighter. Joshua has all the same, but he is much larger and stronger. The Ukrainian seems to have added the body mass, but this can have a bad effect on his main trump cards – speed and legs – and without these, there is nothing for him to cling on in this fight. Hence, Joshua is the favorite and if you want to spice up things and catch bigger odds at top bookmakers for boxing – for instance, at LV BET – bet on Joshua to win by KO, TKO, or DQ with an odd of 2.10.
Results of the forecast
Forecast failed. Usyk Victory