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Usyk vs Joshua 2 Odds & Prediction: Usyk Favored To Repeat

Anthony Joshua (left) is favored in the Joshua vs Usyk (right) odds.

Twice in three years, Anthony Joshua has lost his world titles in an upset, though his loss to Oleksandr Usyk in September was not as big as his setback to Andy Ruiz in 2019.

Joshua and Usyk are going to run it back in 2022 and this time around in Usyk vs Joshua 2 odds, AJ is the betting underdog for the first time in his career.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2 odds and Usyk is the -220 chalk and Joshua the +165 underdog. This means to profit $100 with an Oleksandr win, you would need to risk $220, while a $100 winning bet on Anthony would net you $165.

Usyk vs Joshua 2 Odds

Oleksandr Usyk-220
Anthony Joshua+165

Odds as of December 29 at Bovada

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Examining the Joshua vs Usyk odds, our sports betting calculator tells us that the champ’s -220 odds represent an implied win probability of 68.75 percent and the challenger’s odds of +165 have a 37.74 percent implied win probability.

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Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk Odds Analysis

Quite the flip in the odds from the first bout, when then-champion Joshua was the -285 favorite – he is now the +165 underdog. Of course, after AJ lost to Andy Ruiz in June 2019, he dominated the rematch, cruising to a unanimous-decision victory. Could history repeat itself?

Should Usyk Be Favored?

I guess one fighter had to be the underdog in the first fight and I was all over “The Cat” in that contest. Now, he’s back to being the betting chalk, as he has been in every fight in his career with the exception of that first bout against AJ. Was the first fight lightning in a bottle or are the odds for the rematch closer to what they should have been?

Usyk vs Joshua 2 Preview

I said in the preview for the first fight that Joshua had to be the bully, get in the pocket and force Usyk to brawl. At times, he did do that and had some success, notably in the middle of the fight. 

What surprised me, though, was Usyk’s durability and his willingness to trade in the pocket – more times than not, he came out on the winning side of those exchanges. The biggest question coming into this second fight is whether Joshua can pick up that left hand that he absorbed over and over again.

Usyk Has To Fight With Confidence Again

The confidence was oozing from The Cat in the first fight from the moment he landed that first straight left that got AJ’s attention. From that point on, Usyk continually went back to the well with that punch, landing almost at will and hurting AJ as the damage took its toll.

In the Joshua vs Ruiz rematch, Ruiz went in out of shape and thinking he could fight the same fight, while Joshua had a different game plan. I think Usyk must continue to mix things up and confuse AJ if he wants to hold the titles. 

Usyk vs Joshua 2 Pick

I took Usyk by decision in the first fight, so I’d look like a fool if I changed it up in the rematch. That said, Joshua did have some moments when his power was on display – I think if he can create better angles and use his size to corner Usyk, there’s a chance he could score a knockout.

Ultimately, I believe Usyk is the better, smarter boxer and if he confuses AJ again, he will cruise to another decision. He had Joshua on skates a few times but I just don’t think he has the true knockout power to put him away, so I think a win by decision is the wise play.

Prediction: Oleksandr Usyk (-220) via decision