We’re now just one day away from an eagerly-anticipated fight in the heavyweight division between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening.

Joshua will put his IBF, WBA, and WBO belts on the line against Usyk, who has already shown promising signs during his professional career, having beaten some notable names along the way in the lead up to his clash with Joshua this weekend.

Joshua heads into the fight off the back of a win over Kubrat Pulev, whilst Usyk has been hugely impressive since moving into the heavyweight division and beat Derek Chisora in his last fight on a unanimous decision in October 2020, which won him the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title.

Joshua had previously been linked with a fight with fellow British fighter Tyson Fury, but ‘The Gypsy King’ was ordered to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time, in a fight that will take place on Sunday 10th October.

If Fury is to win that fight, then it seems highly likely that he’ll take on the winner of Joshua’s bout with Usyk, in what could be the dream fight for a number of British boxing fans if Joshua was to come out on top this weekend.

Both Joshua and Usyk were full of respect for each other in a recent news conference, with the pair facing off ahead of their fight on Saturday, which is set to be a hugely popular event across the globe.

Betting offers

 

Odds

  • Anthony Joshua to win @ 4/11 with bet365
  • Oleksandr Usyk to win @ 9/4 with bet365

Fight Outcome

  • Anthony Joshua to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification @ 21/20 with bet365 
  • Anthony Joshua to win by Decision or Technical Decision @ 5/2 with bet365
  • Oleksandr Usyk to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification @ 7/1 with bet365
  • Oleksandr Usyk to win by Decision or Technical Decision @ 4/1 with bet365
  • Draw or Technical Draw @ 20/1 with bet365

Prices are correct as of 11:30am, 24th September 2021.

Odds are subject to change.

Betting tips

Despite some hard-fought recent fights where he’s been taken the distance, Joshua has shown glimpses of taking out his opponent in the early stages of a fight.

Joshua has won 16 out of his 25 fights within the first six rounds, and you can expect to see a fast start from the 31-year-old once again, although he’ll have to be on his guard against the dangerous Usyk.

Therefore, we’re tipping Joshua to win the fight in Round 5 or Round 6, which is available at 13/2 with William Hill. Alternatively, you can back Joshua to win the fight between Round 1 and Round 6 with William Hill’s special offer, which pays at 60/1 through the link in the Betting Offers section of this page.

Predictions

Joshua outclassed Kubrat Pulev in his last bout, which was the 24th win of his professional career to date, and he’ll fancy his chances of inflicting a first defeat on Usyk this month.

Usyk has moved up a weight class though, which now means he’s set to take on Joshua, who has been hugely impressive in his division since turning professional.

With just one defeat to his name in his professional bouts, Joshua will be hoping he can make it 25 wins with a positive outcome against the Ukrainian.

The odds suggest that Joshua will edge a win in the fight, although Usyk’s price at 9/4 with bet365 could be a tempting one for some punters, with the 34-year-old already showing his class in previous bouts.

Joshua was in a positive mood heading into the fight at a recent news conference, and felt as though the upcoming fight gives him the motivation to continue practicing to the best of his ability, before admitting that he’s “not an easy fight for anyone”.

“Happy to be back again, you have to want to train and put the work in and improve and practice. When I started boxing it was fun, I’m still getting better and I like the challenges.

“This fight gives me the motivation to practice. I want to give more and more each day. I’m still in camp now, this is just another day in camp. On Monday or Tuesday I’ll be back in the gym and I’m looking forward to performing.

“I work hard to make sure boxing is really respected and I pay them back by putting in a lot of work in the gym.

“I’m not an easy fight for anyone, I like fighting. God has blessed me, shown me the path to get into boxing. I’m here, blessed, happy and don’t take it for granted.”

Usyk expressed his excitement ahead of the fight, whilst also stating that he ‘can do a lot more’, which will be promising to hear for his supporters.

“I can do a lot more. I feel fine and I look forward to this. I want to thank the team and Eddie Hearn and I’m grateful this is happening on Saturday.

“Every fight makes history and I think me and Anthony will make another step in history, something that people will be talking about, remember and will be watching on television.”

Live stream

It will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office. You can also follow the fight on BBC Radio 5 Live, as well as text commentary, which will be live on the BBC Sport website.

When is it?

As London is hosting the event, UK fans can expect the fight to get underway at around 10.30pm on Saturday 25th September 2021.

Where is it?

The fight is taking place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, with the following matches on the undercard of the event:

  • Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic (WBO cruiserweight title)
  • Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo
  • Campbell Hatton vs Izan Dura
  • Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku
  • Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov

Anthony Joshua – Profile

Joshua rose to fame in the boxing world in 2012, when he won a Gold medal at the London Olympics, and it’s fair to say that he’s never looked back since that success.

Joshua turned professional in July of 2013 when he signed with Matchroom Boxing, and went from strength to strength since that moment. He won nineteen times in the following three years after turning professional and didn’t taste defeat once in that time.

The biggest fight of his career was just around the corner though, when he took on Russian heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. Joshua won the fight with a technical knockout in the eleventh round. The 31-year-old has only been beaten once, which came in a shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, which saw him lose his belts in 2019.

But he wasted no time in gaining revenge, as he beat Ruiz Jr in the rematch in Saudi Arabia later that year. Joshua has beaten Carlos Takam, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin also in his career, and he’ll be hoping he can pick up another win against Usyk this weekend.

Oleksandr Usyk – Profile

Usyk turned professional towards the end of 2013, signing a promotional deal with K2 Promotions, which was the same platform that Klitschko brothers rose to fame from.

Usyk started out as a cruiserweight, and impressed during the early stages of his boxing career. His first notable scalp came against Krzysztof Głowacki, when he beat the previously undefeated Polish fighter to earn the WBO cruiserweight title.

He saw off British favourite Tony Bellew back in 2018, in what proved to be Bellew’s final fight of his career. Usyk saw off Derek Chisora in his most recent fight, which came via Unanimous Decision.

What happens next?

It remains to be seen as to whether this will be confirmed, but it’s expected that the winner of this fight will take on one of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, who are set to face off for a third time on Sunday 10th October.

Their first fight ended in a split decision, much to the surprise of some, before Fury produced a dominant display in the second fight to see both fighters now face off for a chance to potentially take on Joshua in the future.

The prospect of having Joshua take on Fury is an exciting prospect, but with Usyk standing in Joshua’s way first, he certainly won’t be looking too far ahead to a potential fight with Fury.