It’s a domestic heavyweight fight in the UK between two unbeaten rising stars that has genuine bad blood. With the fight all set for December now and news that it’s sold out already today in under 6 hours, let’s see what the bookies think via Oddschecker.com.
The bookmakers certainly seem to make Anthony Joshua a warm favourite early doors, reflected in various prices in the outright markets.
However as we all know, heavyweight boxing can be turned on it’s head in one punch, with many a prospect and favourite been upset down through the years as a result of one solid single punch.
Simply put, anything can happen when these big men throw down.
From a value perspective, the boxing skeptic may think to himself, Anthony Joshua’s chin has not been exactly tested yet and if someone that hits as hard as Whyte connects then, 10/1 currently been offered by some bookmakers could certainly be worth a cheeky fiver or tenner.
Stranger things have happened.
Win By KO/TKO/Points
However the smart money early on appears to lie in the fight ending within the distance by a knockout or technical knockout. The value doesn’t appear to be there quite yet, but expect more movement on this nearer to the fight.
Currently, Paddy Power are giving out odds as slim as 1/9 for Joshua to close the show inside the distance, a stark statistic for his old amateur rival.
Whyte has one over on ‘AJ’ in the amateurs and also dropped the Olympic Gold medalist on that night, here’s how it played out a few years back:
Many will point to the pro ranks being a completely different game and that will count for nothing, which might be true, but never discount the mental edge that can exist.
Remember the mind games George Groves instigated on James De Gale a few years back where he heavily leveraged his previous win over De Gale in the amateurs to wind him up in the build up to their pro encounter?
Don’t be surprised of Whyte tries something similar with Joshua.
We’ve never seen Joshua rattled outside the ring yet, this is also something new for the UK heavyweight sensation to deal with. The fight could be a lot closer than people think.
Whyte to win on points is currently a massive 25/1 and Joshua in the same market is 9/1 with Paddy Power. Definitely some value in terms of a small hedging wager could be had on either man.
Other Betting Markets
The only bookie at the moment offering round betting odds is Betfair and as a market in boxing, is always one of the most fun small punts to have, if you are looking to lay down small amounts and look for large odds.
Joshua is currently a hot favourite with them to close the show early, but if you are looking for a bit more value, perhaps Joshua winning in rounds 7 (28/5), 8 (33/5) or 9 (38/5) might tickle your fancy.
Interestingly, Betfair (at the moment) are pricing Whyte to take Joshua out in every round between 1-9 at 17/2.
This could indicate a bit of initial uncertainty and also reflect the fact that Whyte has a very live puncher’s chance in the contest.
These are all early speculation odds of course and expect them to move quite a bit between here and the fight. One things for sure, this heavyweight rumble promises ample action whether it goes the full distance or not.
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