Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are all but confirmed to finally go head-to-head in a battle between British heavyweights sometime in the near future, with “The Gypsy King” opening as the favorite.
WBC champion Fury (30-0-1) recently took to social media and announced a deal with Joshua’s team has been agreed in principle, to take place after his trilogy matchup opposite American Deontay Wilder, via ESPN Ringside:
“I’ve just got to smash Deontay Wilder’s face right in, in the next fight, and then we go into the Joshua fight next year.” @Tyson_Fury has his calendar planned out through 2021 🗓️ pic.twitter.com/qqeaoK6BTt— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) June 10, 2020
Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua Betting Odds & Predictions
Despite the fight being highly unlikely to take place before 2022 and no official date set in stone, New Jersey customers can wager Fury to win at betting odds of -186 (1.54) with BetMGM sportsbook (you will be able to bet on MMA/UFC/Boxing online also with free bets bonuses in Pennsylvania bookies, Colorado betting apps, Indiana online betting sites).
Joshua (23-1) is worth almost double that price at +150 (2.50) having suffered the first defeat of his career against Andy Ruiz in June 2019—a seventh-round TKO—though he’s since avenged that loss with a unanimous-decision win in December.
Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn has also stoked the flames of a probable matchup between these two heavyweight icons after telling Sky Sports a two-fight deal has been agreed:
A bout between Fury and “AJ” has long been anticipated after each have risen to worldwide success in recent years, with 6’6” Joshua reclaiming his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles after getting his revenge over Ruiz.
Fury vs. Joshua Prediction: Fury to win via decision
Fury remains unbeaten in his career and would have 31 victories on his record were it not for a draw against Wilder in their first meeting back in December 2018. He and Joshua are listed at odds +2200 (23.00) to finish on level terms with BetMGM, a tempting price for a small wager given the grand stature of both men entering the ring.
That being said, 6’9” Fury has outclassed respected Wilder in each of their meetings—save for a late-knockdown in their first clash—and continues to look a cut above the rest of his heavyweight peers in multiple areas, including footwork and fight intelligence.
The 31-year-old has looked particularly rejuvenated since having a near-three-year lay-off due to mental health issues between 2015 and 2018, with the potential to out-fox Joshua in almost every area.