Oleksandr Usyk Sizable Favorite as Anthony Joshua Rematch Finalized for August 20

Usyk Vs Joshua Rage On The Red Sea

  • Oleksandr Usyk is the -240 betting favorite as rematch against Anthony Joshua finalized for August 20th.
  • Joshua, who was the -278 favorite on fight night last September, has opened at +190 odds.
  • Usyk upset Joshua as the +210 bottom dog to become the unified heavyweight boxing world champion in their first meeting.

The champion is once again the betting favorite in the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua.

Reigning champion Usyk is currently the -240 betting favorite to retain his belts while former champion Joshua is a +190 betting underdog to reclaim them:

In their first bout, Joshua entered the ring as the three-belt champion and was the -278 betting favorite on fight night after opening at -400 odds. Usyk opened at +300 and closed at +210 odds, the longest in his professional boxing career and the first time that he closed with plus money odds. However, we knew how that one ended.

Down Goes Joshua

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk traveled to London last September 25, 2021, to challenge Joshua for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles. Despite entering the ring as a sizable betting underdog of as long as +210 on some of the top boxing betting sites, Usyk put on a masterclass boxing clinic to beat Joshua and become heavyweight champion.

Usyk outlanded Joshua 148-123 in total punches landed and was the more accurate puncher at 28% versus only 19% accuracy for Joshua. The Ukrainian also connected on more power punches at 96-71 and also had the better power punch connection rate at 44% against 33%. Usyk also outlanded Joshua in seven out of the 12 rounds in the fight, including a 41-15 punch landed advantage in the championship rounds.

The judges scored the bout 115-113, 116-112, and 117-112 in favor of Usyk in an impressive upset. Following the loss, Joshua wasted no time in exercising his rematch clause and online sportsbook Bovada quickly installed Usyk as the -225 betting favorite and Joshua the +170 bottom dog. The bout was initially set for July 23 but both parties later agreed that it would happen on August 20, 2022, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Long and Intense First Face-Off

Usyk and Joshua shared a long and intense face-off on Tuesday during the first press conference for their rematch in Saudi Arabia. AJ put on his best menacing look as he refused to break the stare to turn to the audience. But when he realized Uysk wasn’t going to do so either, Joshua turned away as if he realized that he wasn’t going to intimidate Usyk with the dagger look.

Of course, Joshua has to do better, even in the stare-downs because not only is Usyk a tough-as-nails fighter but he is also coming from a real-life war in his native Ukraine. Usyk joined the likes of the Klitschko brothers and Vasyl Lomachenko who opted to stay in their native land to fight Russian soldiers who invaded Ukraine earlier this year.

Joshua will be the betting underdog for the first time in his career. Previously, AJ’s longest opening odds were at -175 and that’s when he fought Wladimir Klitschko in 2017. Meanwhile, Usyk will be back as the betting favorite after being the underdog for the first time ever during their first meeting. Usyk won as underdog the first time out. Will Joshua be able to duplicate that feat on August 20th?

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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