Joshua v Usyk odds: Brit puts belts on the line against Ukrainian
Joshua v Usyk odds and preview
Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against former undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.
Joshua had been on course for a blockbuster all-British showdown against Tyson Fury in August but the bout in Saudi Arabia was scuppered when a United States arbitrator ordered the WBC champion to take on Deontay Wilder again.
The 31-year-old from Watford is 2/5 in the Joshua v Usyk odds to win the bout at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium which hosts a boxing event for the first time.
Ladrokes’ Alex Apati said: “It’s not the bout British boxing fans will have wanted, but Anthony Joshua’s next opponent has been confirmed, and he’s unsurprisingly the clear favourite to make it 25 professional victories.”
The fight pits two London 2012 gold medallists against each other, with Joshua topping the podium in the super-heavyweight division while the decorated Usyk reigned supreme in the heavyweight bracket.
“The date is set and we are fully locked in,” said Joshua. “I put it all on the line again and it’s time to defend my crown. We are two Olympic gold medallists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges.
September 25th I will step down from my throne to engage in battle 👑 pic.twitter.com/YIYcqNywuQ
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) July 20, 2021
“The stadium is exceptional, the atmosphere will be electric, I’m honoured to be the first person to fight in such an awe inspiring venue. The stage is set and I am ready to handle business.”
Unbeaten Usyk to test Joshua
Renowned for his nimble footwork, exemplary hand speed and head movement, Usyk collected all four major world belts at cruiserweight and has won all 18 of his professional contests, 13 of which have finished inside the distance.
Having had just two fights in boxing’s blue riband division since stepping up from 200lbs, there remains lingering questions about the Ukrainian’s punch resistance and his ability to trouble the top heavyweights with his power.
“The path will be mastered by the walking one,” said the charismatic Usyk, who at 34 is three years older than Joshua.
Usyk’s most recent bout came in a points decision win over Joshua’s compatriot Derek Chisora last October while this will be the southpaw’s third fight in Britain, having seen off Tony Bellew in November 2018.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication