It looks like we’re soon going to see British Heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury meet in a fight which has been anticipated for half a decade.
Joshua’s manager Eddie Hearn has claimed that a two-fight series will take place between Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO tiles, and Fury who holds the WBC title.
Tyson Fury is heavy betting favorite for the fight at -200, with Joshua available at +175, the longest odds of his career. The draw is available at +2800.
Oddschecker spokesperson Pete Watt: “Interestingly AJ has recieved the majority of bets during the past 24 hours, with 71% of bets going on the Londoner. It’s the ‘People’s Champion’ Tyson Fury who has been most backed since the market opened taking 61% of bets, compared with just 36% for AJ, and 3% for the draw.”
“It’s been a dream fight for a number of years, which at times looked unlikely to happen, especially through Fury’s struggles with his personal demons, and AJ’s loss to Andy Ruiz. It had been rumored just this week that Fury was set to fight on Christmas Day in the third part of his trilogy with Deontay Wilder.”
Which British heavyweight is fancied at the bookies?
Tyson Fury has been installed as the early favourite to beat Anthony Joshua, although a flutter of bets have been placed on AJ in the last 24 hours.
The Gypsy King is priced as an odds-on shot at 4/7, although has drifted slightly from being 1/2 across the Oddschecker grids.
On the other side of the ring, Joshua enters his first fight where he won’t be the favourite, currently best price 7/4 with Betfred.
Bookies have, however, cut odds into as short as 13/8 that Joshua finds a way to win.
In the last 24 hours, around 71% of all bets in the market have backed AJ to emerge from the fight victorious.
That’s in stark comparison to the bet history on the fight, with Fury favoured by 61% of all bets since the market opened.
Joshua has accrued 36% of bets, with the remaining 3% of bets backing the draw.
Reports suggest the heavyweight pair have agreed a two-fight deal, with Eddie Hearn talking to the media today.
Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: “While AJ certainly has a puncher’s chance, all logic points towards Tyson Fury defeating his compatriot and becoming the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.
“The Gypsy King re-established his elite credentials in February, knocking out WBC champion Deontay Wilder in seven rounds, and a similarly polished performance against Joshua will surely prove too much for Eddie Hearn’s man.”
Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua:
Tyson Fury – 4/7