We are getting ever closer to having our first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000 and the first-ever four-title undisputed champion.
Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury stopped Deontay Wilder in February 2020 to claim the WBC and Ring Magazine titles, setting up a super-fight with Anthony “AJ” Joshua, who on December 12 stopped Kubrat Pulev to defend his WBO, WBA and IBF titles.
Fans and the Gypsy King are calling for the unification bout to crown the baddest man on the planet. It appears the two are going to hook up in August in Saudi Arabia.
Breaking: Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have signed a two-fight deal to unify the heavyweight titles, ESPN has learned pic.twitter.com/fE7sNGpWRr— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 15, 2021
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has released Fury vs Joshua odds and listed Fury as the -175 favorite with Joshua coming back at +145. That means you would have to wager $175 on a Fury win to profit $100, while a $100 bet on Joshua would profit you $145.
Fury vs Joshua Odds
Odds as of May 12 at Sportsbook
Looking at the Fury vs Joshua odds with our sports betting calculator, Fury’s odds of -175 have an implied win probability of 63.64 percent, while Joshua’s odds of +145 have an implied win probability of 40.82 percent.
Fury vs Joshua Odds Analysis
Had this fight been proposed in 2019, when Joshua was on top of the world with a perfect record, holding the WBO, WBA and IBF titles and looking unstoppable, I’m sure the odds would have been flipped the other way. Fury was making his return to the ring, coming off a split draw against Wilder in which he was dropped twice but outboxed the Bronze Bomber for the majority of the bout.
However, over that span, AJ was stopped in his USA debut by Andy Ruiz, though he got revenge in the rematch in December and stopped Pulev in a fairly one-sided affair. Meanwhile, the Gypsy King scored three victories, two by T/KO and none bigger than stopping the boogeyman of the division, Wilder.
Value on Joshua as a Dog?
Many may see value on AJ, who has never entered the ring as an underdog, so seeing a plus sign next to his odds is absolutely enticing. Conversely, Fury was an underdog in both of the Wilder fights but was a heavy favorite in his “tune-up” fights against Otto Wallin, Tom Schwarz, Francesco Pianeta and Sefer Seferi. How will the Gypsy King perform as the close favorite?
When & Where Will Fury vs Joshua Take Place?
What we do know is that it is a two-fight deal to crown the undisputed heavyweight champion. What we don’t know yet is exactly when or where these bouts will take place.
I can only provide you with the rumors that the first encounter is likely taking place in August, with the rematch to take place in late fall-early winter (November or December).
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has said that the two camps have agreed upon having the fight take place in Saudi Arabia, though the venue and fine details still haven’t been finalized.
Check back frequently for updates on the date and location for this gigantic title fight.
Fury vs Joshua Fight Preview
Both of these England natives have the ability to fight a rough and rowdy style that we often see in our MMA fight analysis, where they get into a phone booth and exchange hands. Joshua has done this for the majority of his wins, leading to 22 knockout victories in 24 wins.
What Style Will Joshua Use?
That said, he tried that vs Ruiz and paid the price, getting stopped in the seventh round. He went back to the drawing board in the rematch, relying on more of a traditional boxing style – sticking and moving and not getting into a war – and cruising to a unanimous-decision victory.
Fury Moves Like a Cat
As for Fury, he is known for his slickness in the ring, sliding out of danger using his long jabs to keep his opponent on the outside. He has great conditioning and his herky-jerky style often leaves foes confused about when to throw while he’s constantly touching them with heavy jabs.
In the Gypsy King’s dominant performance against Wilder, he took the center of the ring and didn’t take a step back, bullying the Bronze Bomber and landing heavy shot after heavy shot, ultimately stopping him.
Fury vs Joshua Pick
I don’t think Fury can physically exhaust Joshua the way he did Wilder because AJ has a bigger frame and can likely hold his own in the clinches. However, in a tactical boxing match, Fury outclasses AJ by a mile, and AJ does tend to get hit flush in many of his fights, which is a dangerous game to play in the heavyweight division.
I believe the Gypsy King’s game plan will more resemble the first Wilder fight than the second, piecing AJ up and using his footwork to get in and out without taking much damage. That said, Fury has called his shot that Joshua will be stopped by the third round.
WE ARE GOING TO SMASH AJ!!!! pic.twitter.com/nzn4LNuQcQ— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) January 21, 2021
Prediction: Tyson Fury (-175) via decision
Tyson Fury Betting Odds History
Fury is an undefeated boxer with a 30-0-1 record, the lone draw coming in his first fight with Deontay Wilder. After returning from a nearly three-year layoff, the Gypsy King is 5-0-1 with three knockouts and was favored in four of those fights.
Here’s a look at the record and betting odds for Fury’s last five fights:
Anthony Joshua Betting Odds History
Joshua had his perfect record snapped in a stunning upset loss to Andy Ruiz in June 2019. AJ redeemed himself with an impressive tactical approach in the December rematch, just the second fight he has won via decision in his 24-fight career.
Here’s a look at the record and betting odds for Joshua’s last five fights: