Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have reportedly agreed on terms for a heavyweight unification bout in April. A date and venue have yet to be announced, but that won’t stop hordes of fight fans from rushing to make their predictions and bet on boxing. Fury is the early favorite with is be bookies, but that won’t stop support coming for the unbeaten Ukraine fighter.
WBC champion Fury has the only heavyweight title bet not currently in the ownership of Usyk. Between the two fighters, they amassed all respected belts and put them all on the line. We have a rare winner-takes-all bout that will shape the reputations and legacies of these warriors. One will be a genuine great of the game, the other seen as a worthy opponent in a classic bout.
To make things more interesting, neither Tyson nor Oleksandr has suffered a defeat in their professional careers. We can’t think of a more significant and crucial heavyweight clash of this generation. Weeks of trash-talking, press conferences, and predictions will come before the pair gets to business.
Fury’s knockout form
Tyson Fury enters this fight with a professional record detailing 33 wins, no defeats, and a draw. The level finish came against Deontay Wilder in their first bout, but many fight game experts believed Fury deserved the win. He was dropped twice in the later rounds, so a draw was close to the mark.
Since drawing with the Bronze Bomber, Fury fought Wilder another two times, stopping him on each occasion. The Gypsy King’s recent form shows he has knocked out each of his last four opponents. That run includes a sixth-round stoppage win over Dillian Whyte and a tenth-round stoppage win against Derek Chisora.
Given Fury’s run of knockout wins, the Englishman is sure to be popular with bettors, and another KO/TKO will attract attention in the method of victory market. That gives bettors a crack at higher odds, predicting the winning fighter and how they will achieve the result.
Usyk enjoys success against Brits
Oleksandr Usyk is one of the biggest names in the sport, but he showed his class outside of the ring by tempting Fury into making a massive donation to the Ukraine appeal. Of course, Fury was only too happy, but risking his belts for 30% of the purse in a unification bout says a lot about Usyk.
What does it say about Usyk’s confidence too? The two-weight world champion knew the quickest way to get Fury to the table was to agree to his demands. Usyk has more belts, but he knows he must defeat Fury to be the number one fighter in the world. Until that bout happens and Oleksandr beats Tyson, he will always be in the Englishman’s shadow.
Usyk will arrive on fight night with a professional record showing 20 wins from 20 fights with 13 knockouts. Most of his bouts and knockout wins came in the weight division below, but there’s no doubt the champion packs a punch in the top tier. He likes to showcase his boxing skills and hand speed but has the dynamite in his hands if needed.
What the bookies expect
The bookmakers aren’t for hanging around and have already published their betting odds on this fight, even before it is confirmed. It allows boxing fans and gamblers to get in early to secure the value. The earlier you bet on the outcome of this fight, the better the odds available.
The market doesn’t always get things right and has been wrong on occasions in the past. Remember bookies said Anthony Joshua couldn’t lose against Andy Ruiz Jnr in New York before the Englishman was knocked out and lost his titles? But it is worth checking who the traders have as their favorite and how convincing they are.
Fur is the early favorite with all major online bookies, and he’s available to back at around the -200 mark. Usyk trades at about +200 with odds slightly at the top apps.
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