A big boxing event is on the horizon, as two undefeated heavyweight champions are set to collide in a much-anticipated unification fight. The match between WBA/IBF champion Anthony Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker is set for March 31st, 2018, and will provide a definitive answer to the burning question who is the most dominant heavyweight fighter of the current generation. Here is a quick evaluation of each boxer and predictions and sure betting tips on his chances to lift all three belts.
1. Anthony Joshua - Betting Tips, Predictions
Anthony Joshua is a British fighter who won the Olympic Gold medal in 2014, and boasts 20 knockout wins in his first 20 professional bouts. An epic victory against Wladimir Klitschko gave Joshua the WBO title and won him the ultimate respect on the global level, while his title defense against Carlos Takam was an equally impressive demonstration of toughness and perseverance. With all this in mind, it is no surprise that Joshua is predicted as the favorite against Parker, with the odds on him for the win ranging from 1/16 at Betfair to 1/25 at Bet365. Given the recent dominance displayed by Joshua, those odds might actually yield fair value for risk-averse bettors.
2. Joseph Parker - Betting Tips, Predictions
Joseph Parker is a New Zealander of Samoan ancestry, and he is the current holder of the WBO heavyweight title he won in 2016 versus Andy Ruiz (which was earlier vacated by Tyson Fury). Parker holds a 24-0 career record as a professional with 18 of those wins coming by KO, so the numbers reveal another opportunistic fighter that could easily send Joshua to the mat if given the slightest opportunity to strike. Betting odds for Parker to win start at 7 (Unibet) and go as high as 9 with some bookmakers. That’s a bet with a nice payout, which is why the majority of the early action has been on the underdog Parker.
3. Betting Tips and Other Details
This is also a match where it could make sense to chase some bet other than an outright win for either side. Anthony Joshua - Joseph Parker Odds for a draw are at 33, but given that both fighters are dangerous punchers it seems unlikely that the match could end that way. More likely, either Joshua or Parker will knock the opponent out much before the 12th round, and some bettors could be intrigued by this possibility. Betting on a knockout before the third round is the type of high-risk, high-reward bet that some punters are fond of, and this bout is as good as any for that action.
With nearly 3 months remaining until the fight, there is plenty of time for the odds to change. Due to intense interest in the match, it can be fully expected that huge amount of money will be placed on each fighter. While Parker has drawn more interest in the early going, big-time players are likely waiting for the odds and betting tips for tomorrow to improve before making a splash. A well-timed bet could yield significantly more, which is why it might be wise to monitor the situation closely and make a commitment only when the odds are looking good for your preferred boxer.