Tyson Fury Predicted as Favorite to Beat Anthony Joshua, Bet365 Odds After Fight Confirmation
A British showdown of legendary proportions is finally within sight after it was announced Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have signed contracts confirming a two-fight agreement between the pair.
Fury vs. Joshua Moneyline Odds
Tyson Fury: -188
Anthony Joshua: +137
Odds via Bet365 USA
The world heavyweight titles will be unified as two of the biggest boxing talents on the planet prepare to collide. Joshua, 31, is the younger fighter who holds the majority of the belts with the WBA, WBO and IBF championships in his corner, but it’s WBC champion Fury, 32, who has opened as -188 favorite over +137 underdog Joshua, according to Bet365 Sportsbook USA:
Dates and locations for the two fights are yet to be rubber-stamped, but it’s been suggested that both bouts are expected to happen in 2021. Mathroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn—who represents Joshua—said those details may not be far away, via ESPN’s Mark Kriegel:
“We'd like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month. The hard part is always getting everybody to put pen to paper. But this was a major effort from all parties to get this over the line. You had rival promoters, rival networks and rival fighters.”
Matt Lawton of The Times described this matchup as “the biggest in British boxing history,” a description that’s hard to deny after both fighters have cultivated such massive personas in the sport.
There’s an outside chance the fight could be scrapped if parties fail to agree on date and site 30 days after the initial agreement, though there’s a sense of confidence this is the closest we’ve come to seeing Fury and Joshua meet in the ring.
Fury was expected to meet former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight, but that appears to now be in the rear-view as Joshua moves into the sights of “The Gypsy King.”
Fury vs. Joshua Prediction: Tyson Fury via decision
Joshua is on a two-win streak having recovered from his seventh-round stoppage loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019, marking one of the biggest boxing upsets in recent history. He’s since avenged that defeat (unanimous decision) and recorded a ninth-round KO of Kubrat Pulev in December 2020.
The loss to Ruiz Jr. may be a thing of the past, but it did expose holes in Joshua’s game in terms of his defense against technique, as well as hinting at a possible overconfidence in his approach. The London 2012 Olympic gold medal-winner is unlikely to have any arrogance about him facing up against a talent like Fury, who has proved himself as one of the most technically gifted heavyweights of his generation.
Fury can himself be capable of cockiness in his performances but is liable to prioritise a more serious display in a bout of this magnitude. As long as that’s the case, the favorite has the footwork and fighting nous to prove himself the superior over the more powerful Joshua.