Heavyweight stars Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua could meet in the near future. The match isn't yet official, but with both boxers coming off KO victories — and with Tyson Fury booked to fight Francis Ngannou — this is the fight to make.
The early odds are out for this hypothetical Wilder vs Joshua showdown. Wilder is a slight -120 favorite over Joshua (+100).
Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder Odds
Odds as of August 22
Using our odds calculator, Wilder's -120 favorite status means a $100 bet on him to win pays out $183.33. The same bet on Joshua pays out $200.
How To Bet This Fight
Let's start with the UNDER. Joshua vs Wilder features a whole lot of muscle inside the squared circle, and it seems almost impossible this bout ends without a knockout.
"The Bronze Bomber" is a lightning rod for stoppages — 44 of his 46 pro fights have ended by KO. "AJ," on the other hand, has seen 24 of his 29 bouts end early. So, in a 12-round bout, I like some short UNDERs (U 4.5/6.5 rounds, for example).
But who gets slept? That's the question.
Joshua has better ring composure, he knows how to defend himself, and has jostled with tougher opponents. In theory, he's better equipped to win. But Wilder possesses an atomic right hand, and even if he's losing the majority of the fight, one big ol' swing can end it all.
Joshua vs Wilder Pick
I'm rolling with Wilder by KO. The 37-year-old isn't supremely technical and sometimes he looks disinterested in the ring, but when it's crunch time, Wilder lets loose.
I'm a believer in fun — and pain. If this fight comes to fruition, count on the Bronze Bomber to bomb away.