Boxing experts analyze Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua to find out the best betting picks and predictions for Saturday's match in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. do.
Anthony Eleven months after he defeated Joshua in a decisive victory, Oleksandr Usik will face the former champion in a head-to-head title match. Usyk shifts from underdog to decisive favorite to retain the belt and deny Joshua a third championship reign.
It took a deep introspection for Ukraine's Usyk to focus on boxing now. After Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Usyk joined his country's fighting force, but he was allowed to leave the country to prepare for combat.
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Usyk-Joshua Picks: The Analysis
Former Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion Usyk Makes Successful Transition To Heavyweight . Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) is recognized as a champion by the WBA, WBO and IBF. Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) makes his second attempt to take down his relegated opponent. Andy Ruiz stopped Joshua in his seventh round in June 2019, but the English native regained the title six months after him.
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Joshua is more heavyweight and his knockout rate should call for action to a stoppage victory for the former champion. But Usyk is the most technically sound fighter Joshua has faced.
In the first bout, Usyk deftly annoyed his Joshua with his boxing skills. Joshua weighed in at 19 pounds and enjoyed a five-inch reach advantage, but Usyk angled his shots. Usyk's strategy is unlikely to change for the rematch.
Our Pick: Total Rounds 10 (-150)
Landing. Repeated close interactions with Tall Joshua may allow him to stop Joshua, but the cost can be high. The force can unleash a game-changing punch that can doom Usyk. But one of the lessons Joshua learned from reclaiming the belt from Lewis was his reluctance to fight an opponent in terrible condition. Joshua was content with scoring points and didn't push Ruiz to action.
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Our recommendation: Fight to complete 12 rounds (+120)
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, his Heavy-duty jaws overcome knockdowns. By predicting the outcome of every possible fight, Usyk can be characterized as building a large lead on the scorecards in boxing. Then, in desperation, Joshua connects with a shot that eventually sends Usik to the canvas late in the fight.
But Usyk, who had amassed quite a few rounds before the end-of-match scare, got back on his feet and dodged a follow-up shot of him from a desperate Joshua to retain the champion on points.
Our Pick: Usik Wins After Being Eliminated (+500)