Heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk takes on Anthony Joshua in their second twelve round battle on August 20th, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET. Bet on one of the most exciting rematches of the Summer, Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2, by clicking on our place bet now buttons, or scrolling to the bottom of the page for top Boxing betting sites in your area. We’re looking at our top betting picks, as well as the most lucrative bets available depending on which fighter you’re backing.
Top Betting Pick for Usyk -210 vs Joshua +160
Usyk looked unstoppable in the first fight. We originally picked Anthony Joshua, betting that his power right straight would undo the timing of Usyk, but we couldn’t have been more wrong. Nothing about the first fight showed us that the rematch would go any differently. The Usyk money line pick pays surprisingly well considering the judges scorecards showed Usyk up by five rounds, with multiple analysts saying it was more like ten.
Top Betting Pick for Anthony Joshua Fans
Joshua fans should stick to the over prop bets. Even if you think Usyk is going to lose, you can’t believe that Joshua will come back with a knockout win. He didn’t catch Usyk flush, and Usyk’s undefeated career makes a finish tough to bet on. Consider the Over 8.5 at -205, a practical bet on the former champ.
Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua Betting Odds
There are over 25 betting markets for this fight. Instead of covering all of them, we’ll look at some of the most common betting categories, then a few of our favorite long shot bets.
Over Under Betting Odds for Usyk vs Joshua
With the last bout going to decision, you can bet the over with confidence. Usyk will come back with more of what worked the first time. Usyk has scored only one stoppage as a heavyweight, against the 42-2 Chazz Witherspoon. While Joshua is a knockout artist, many of his best showings are long wins, like the rematch with Any Ruiz and his eleventh round win over Klitschko.
Prediction: Over 8.5 Rounds
Five of Usyk’s last seven fights fall into this category. His career average includes many 7-9th round finishes, but his boxing style against Joshua in fight one was nearly perfect and easy for him to replicate. Joshua scores primarily KOs in rounds 1-3 for the majority of his career, however his last eight bouts have been the opposite. Bet the over, and stick with the +100 at the 10.5 mark if you’re considering the under prop bets.
Fight Specials for Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2
Oleksandr Usyk To Be Knocked Down In Rounds 1-6
Either Fighter To Win By Unanimous Decision
Either Fighter To Be Knocked Down In Rounds 1-3
Oleksandr Usyk To Win By Unanimous Decision
Anthony Joshua To Be Knocked Down In Rounds 1-6
The obvious best choice is the Usyk decision at +185. If he can replicate his last fight with Joshua, you’ll see a 1.8 times return on your wager. Nearly doubling your money on a consistent, undefeated champ feels like the kind of prop you’d look to parlay.
Joshua Fans Top Prop
If I were a diehard Anthony Joshua fan, I’d consider the knockdown prop for Usyk to be knocked down in rounds 1-6. If Joshua lands an early right hand, it’s fully possible we see a stumble and that prop pays out. Keep in mind, you can bet the Over as well as the fight special knockdown props. Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2 feels like a surefire decision, so bet the knockdown specials rather than the Under.
Top High Paying Props for Usyk vs Joshua
Usky in Rounds 7-9
Usyk By Decision
Joshua Scores a Knockdown, Yes
Total Knockdowns, Under 1.5
If Usyk is to score a knockdown and finish, it will be in that 7-9 range. It’s the same place most of his opponents fall, and it’s when Ruiz finished Joshua.
Betting picks for total knockdowns make sense, as I don’t see anyone scoring more than one, and I don’t think we’ll see a back and forth battle. Even from our top prop picks, it’s tough to bet anything other than Usyk by Decision. It’s a fantastic return for a predictable outcome.
Usyk -210 vs Joshua +160 Money Line Betting Breakdown
Usyk’s rapid hand speed showed off a 28% accuracy in fight one. Betting picks for Anthony Joshua should consider his low accuracy in a decision prop bet. Usyk will be the faster, more accurate fighter.
Oleksandr Usyk is MAGIC! Those reflexes 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/B8hAzmmNVo
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) August 16, 2022
Joshua has the power advantage. When you consider his first round KO percentage, many fighters believe Joshua can simply make adjustments. Fury is convinced that Joshua can win on the inside, using his larger frame and bullying Usyk to the body. The trouble is, Joshua spent the fight one backing up to avoid jabs and straights. Moving in will mean eating punches early and often.
FURY’S ADVICE TO JOSHUA 🤝@Tyson_Fury tells @anthonyjoshua to “get stuck in and swing away” in order to reclaim the unified heavyweight throne from @usykaa in an immediate rematch.
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— Boxing Social (@boxing_social) September 30, 2021
Usyk vs Joshua Odds and Final Betting Guide
If you’re still torn on who to bet on, our advice is to place your bets in this order:
Usyk Money LIne -210
Over 8.5 Rounds
Usyk Decision Win +185
Usyk in Rounds 7-9 +700
While the final prop may feel a little contradictory, it’s really the only long shot prop bet that pays out. Other long shots seem even further from reality. If you’re struggling with making a parlay, couple fight specials like Usyk’s Money Line with a UD win fight prop at +165.
Our Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua betting ticket will focus on the easy money of Usyk’s money line.