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Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - Free Bets, Betting Offers & Big Fight Prediction

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Buckle up – three of the four heavyweight marbles will be tossed in the air on September.

Anthony Joshua faces one of his toughest tests as a professional in the form of former undisputed cruiserweight king, Oleksandr Usyk.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury sit on the other side of this imaginary heavyweight bracket, with eyes still looking towards a potential undisputed fight in 2022.

But first, Joshua needs to handle business inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against a dangerous opponent. 

We at are going to take a closer look at the bout, as well as those all-important tips and free bets on offer.

September 25th I will step down from my throne to engage in battle ?

— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) July 20, 2021

When Is The Fight?

Joshua v Usyk is on Saturday September 25, 2021 (approx: 10pm UK time)

Where Is The Fight?

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London will host the big fight.

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The Big Prediction

This isn’t a cut-and-dry win for Anthony Joshua.

The Briton has already tasted defeat as a professional, and often struggles with the crafty movement of fighters like Oleksandr Usyk.

4/1 is offered at Virgin Bet for Usyk to take this one on the cards – like he has in four of his last six title fights.

Joshua is very short at 4/11 in the outright market at Virgin Bet, and would be more tempting to back at 5/6 in the KO, TKO, Disqualification market.

If this fight goes the distance, Usyk will surely be favoured. Joshua is known to gas late in fights, but could possibly benefit from favourable scorecards.

We’re sticking our neck out in a fight that goes over 9.5 rounds at 5/6 and for Oleksandr Usyk to cause the upset at 2/1.

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Heavyweight Meets Cruiserweight

Both Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk bagged a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics – Joshua at super-heavyweight and Usyk at cruiserweight.

After dominating the 175lbs division, unifying it with a win over Murat Gassiev in 2018 and underlining his dominance in a win over Tony Bellew, Usyk moved up to the land of the heavys.

Underwhelming wins over Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora followed, with question marks remaining over Usyk’s credentials in the maximum weight class.

Joshua enjoys a three-inch height advantage over the Ukrainian and a significant size advantage, but can Usyk use his exceptionally well-drilled footwork to overcome these shortcomings?

Joshua has shown his vulnerabilities against fleet of foot fighters that can move well – notably, Andy Ruiz Jr. – and Usyk may well turn out to be all wrong for the champion.

Size matters in boxing, but we’ll find out how much.

Power vs Speed

If Oleksandr Usyk can box to instruction off the back foot, peppering his seasoned jab and working combinations off in the pocket, he’ll get success against “AJ”.

The Ukrainian has eaten plenty of hard leather in his career – most notably against Dereck Chisora, Mairis Briedis and Murat Gassiev – but hasn’t yet tasted the concussive power of Joshua.

Joshua’s uppercut is becoming his signature punch, and the challenger will be wary of staying in the pocket for too long in anticipation of the Briton’s money maker.

Still, Joshua’s lack of head movement is still an issue and an obvious flaw that Usyk will be looking to capitalise on.

Home Comforts

Sure, this may be Joshua’s first time fighting in front of a sold out Tottenham Hotspur stadium, but the roar of 60,000 Brits will act as a real tonic for the unified heavyweight champion.

Usyk is a popular fighter but will be cast as the villain in north London – it’s down to Joshua to ride this wave and use this adrenaline as a positive.

It’s Joshua’s first UK stadium fight since stopping Alexander Povetkin in 2018.