With just under one month to go to the IBF heavyweight title fight in London between Charles Martin vs Anthony Joshua here’s an overview of how the betting odds look at the moment.
Despite Martin being the champion, Joshua is coming in as the strong favourite with the bookies at the moment. This is reflected in their prices across the outright to win markets:
At 1/6 however, he’s not an outrageously heavy favourite as he has been in some of his earlier professional fights where many times opponents simply didn’t have a chance.
Martin definitely has a chance however, make no mistake.
A puncher’s one at the very worst but also with his southpaw style, could easily pose some questions to Britain’s ‘AJ’ from a boxing perspective, it would be reasonable to assume.
At 4/1 to 5/1 many will see it as an opportunity to back a man less heralded than Joshua for the upset, although the smart money would suggest Joshua is the man for this one.
This money is reflected more so in the odds available for how the fight might be won on the night, as follows:
Here in perhaps lays the best value for people looking to take a more long shot punt of a lower monetary value on the night, or indeed, back Joshua with even more certainty with a big lump bet.
2/7 appears to be the best price you’ll get for Joshua outside of special offers at the moment to stop Martin inside the distance, which seems like the most likely outcome, although keep an eye out for two weeks before the fight when some bookmakers will invariably offer much more enhanced prices than this – in exchange for you becoming a new customer with their different platforms.
If Martin were to outbox Joshua on the night and frustrate him with his style, a massive 25/1 can be had on the American to win on points or decision.
As limited an option as it might seem, it is important to realize that Joshua is still actually learning his trade as a prizefighter with this being only his 16th professional contest, despite the fact it’s for a world title in his hometown.
Stranger things have happened and at that price for Martin, a small wager might appeal to some.
For my money as things stand however, I just can’t see anything outside of a Joshua stoppage. But he might be forced to go more rounds than ever before to get it.
As the fight draws closer watch out for odds on Joshua to win between rounds 9-12 with the bookies, there might be some decent value to be had on this group round betting market closer to fight night.
(All odds via Oddschecker.com – odds are subject to change)
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