- Tyson Fury has opened as the -300 betting favorite in a title unification against Oleksandr Usyk.
- Usyk upset Joshua who was as high as a -285 betting favorite in their title fight on Saturday night.
- Fury is a -300 favorite to beat Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight on October 9th.
Now that Anthony Joshua is out of the title picture, the best boxing sportsbooks are looking at a possible showdown between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
The Las Vegas Sportsbook was the first bookmaker to open the betting lines for a possible title unification between the two heavyweight champions and according to the bookie, Fury is the -300 odds on favorite to beat Usyk, who came back at +250 when the betting lines first opened:
The @SuperBookSports has opened betting on a potential fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury (-300) vs Usyk (+250).
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) September 26, 2021
Of course, Fury still has to beat Deontay Wilder in their third fight, scheduled for October 9th. The Gypsy King is currently a big -300 betting favorite to beat Wilder in that bout. But despite the Bronze Bomber being a +250 bottom dog, it’s still not a guaranteed win for Fury.
Usyk Ends Joshua’s Reign As Heavyweight Champion
BREAKING: Oleksandr Usyk ends Anthony Joshua’s reign as heavyweight champion.https://t.co/W5t72xuhxU
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) September 25, 2021
Usyk ended Anthony Joshua’s reign as unified heavyweight champion on Saturday night, defeating the Briton via a decisive unanimous decision before a full house crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
The 34-year old Ukrainian hurt Joshua in rounds 3 and 7, and nearly finished AJ in a furious 12th round. The judges scored the bout 117-112, 116-112, and 115-113 but the scorecards were too kind to Joshua who was out-landed 148-123 in total punches landed and 96-71 in power punches landed. Not only did Usyk land more punches, but he also was the more accurate puncher at 28% of his total punches and 44% of his power shots.
Joshua was the consensus betting favorite in the bout after opening as the -275 chalk. On the day of the fight, AJ was listed at -285 at Bovada, -280 at FanDuel, -260 at the Caesars Sportsbook and BetOnline, and a -225 at BetMGM. Even after Usyk had Joshua hurt at least twice after eight rounds, the Ukrainian was just a -120 at FanDuel’s live odds. Clearly, the oddsmakers underestimated Usyk.
AJ Willing to Travel to Ukraine for Usyk Rematch
AJ says he’ll TRAVEL to get Usyk rematch 🇺🇦
— IntuBoxing (@IntuBoxing) September 26, 2021
But even if Fury gets past Wilder next month, a heavyweight title unification with Usyk might not be in the immediate future. That’s because Anthony Joshua has a rematch clause against Usyk and he already said after the fight that he will exercise that contractual right. AJ added that he is willing to travel to Ukraine if that’s what it will take to get his belts back.
But winning the title again is easier said than done, even for someone like Anthony Joshua. AJ had no answer for Usyk’s footwork, speed, jab, and combinations. The British fighter failed to seriously threaten Usyk who looked like he owned the fight from start to finish.
Joshua has never seen the plus money sign next to his name ever since he set foot in the professional boxing ring. However, he is just 2-2 in his last four bouts, losing as a -2200 chalk against Andy Ruiz in June 2019 and on Saturday night as a 2/1 chalk against Usyk. But if some consider the Ruiz loss as a fluke, the Usyk defeat was clear and decisive. But unless something drastically changes for either fighter, it’s hard to see how Joshua can do better in a rematch.