It’s the fight all boxing fans want to see in 2022, and it’s the fight most casual followers of the noble art are excited about.
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk share all available world heavyweight championship belts, but who is the one true champion? Who is the sport’s biggest name? The only way to get a reliable answer to that question would be for the heavyweight pair to clash, and the first half of 2022 seems to be the perfect time for that to happen.
Fury is the current keeper of the WBC strap, with Usyk owning all other recognised titles thanks to his shock win over former champion Anthony Joshua in London. Unbeaten fighter and former cruiserweight world champion entered that bout against AJ as the betting underdog. Still, he used his superior boxing skills and ringcraft to rip the belts from around the waist of Joshua. He now has another Englishman in his sights.
Fury v Usyk may be the fight game’s biggest bout, but it’s one that remains in the planning stage at present. It may be a fantasy fight as we approach the new year, but that hasn’t stopped the top online betting apps from offering odds on the winner. You can get in early, make your predictions on Fury v Usyk and place bets using your desktop computer or smartphone app.
In this article, we look at the current betting odds available on this fight, who the bookies are backing and how the bout may play out, taking our lead from the stats and form of both men.
Bookies back the Brit
Traders at the top betting apps are offering odds on the outcome of this fight and have priced Tyson Fury as the most likely winner. This bout will give heavyweight boxing something it has been missing for too long now, a unified champion. Usyk unified the cruiserweight division – the category below heavyweight – and he could be about to make history by doing the double. Any victory for the Ukrainian now based in the United States would come as a shock to the betting industry, though.
Fury is favourite in the fight winner betting, with a points win being the most likely result if you are happy to follow the clues given by the betting. When playing the fight winner market, you will be gambling on the most popular boxing betting option, but it doesn’t always carry attractive odds. You have a one in three chance of landing a winning bet, and with the draw rare in boxing, that has been factored into the odds of both fighters.
Fans of Tyson Fury who want to back him to beat Usyk and are after a better price than what is available in the fight winner market may find joy in the method of victory. With this market, you are tasked with predicting both the winning fighter and how they will achieve the result – on points or by knockout. With Fury winning each of his last two bouts by knockout and three of his last four, another KO/TKO win is sure to be popular.
Usyk is the main danger
Oleksandr Usyk rates as the main danger to Tyson Fury’s dominance, and he won’t worry too much about what the bookies are saying. He defied the odds when moving up to heavyweight and beating Derek Chisora, then he silenced his critics again when becoming heavyweight champion of the world when beating AJ on points. Usyk came close to stopping the former champion in the final round as Joshua stumbled around the ring, knowing he was beaten and tired after 12 rounds of dragging his heavy frame around the canvas.
Usyk has an unbeaten record and more belts than Fury. He may be the underdog for this fight. The Ukrainian will be popular in the betting, with more than a few boxing fans happy to take a shot at predicting the upset. If Usyk is to win this bout, he would do so at an attractive price, but the odds will be bigger if you follow the trends and take him to score yet another win on the scorecards.