Usyk vs Joshua 2: AJ the underdog for rematch

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk Tottenham

Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2 is a huge heavyweight title fight and the boxing betting odds have flipped massively since the first time these two superstars met.

It was September 2021 when they first locked horns at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, in front of 67,000 frenzied locals who had all come out to see AJ defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.

Joshua went into the bout as favorite at -225 (bet $225 to win $100) but he suffered an upset loss as the Ukrainian former cruiserweight successfully achieved his dream of ruling at heavyweight too.

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Usyk – despite being some 19lbs lighter than Joshua, not only boxed brilliantly but was willing to bite down on his gumshield and stand in the pocket to trade when the need arose.

Now we are set for the rematch, but what if anything is going to be different? We know AJ has a new trainer after ditching long-term corner chief Robert McCracken in favor of American Robert Garcia.

But will a new trainer and a new approach be enough to solve the puzzle that no other pro has decoded so far? How to beat Oleksandr Usyk. That is the question.

Usyk vs Joshua 2 Odds

Like we said, the odds have absolutely flipped since the first fight and now Usyk is the favorite.

Oleksandr is best odds of -210 (bet $210 to win $100) with FanDuel, while Joshua currently trades as the +185 underdog with DraftKings.

Usyk vs Joshua 2 Picks & Predictions

We are on a hot streak with our betting picks right now, and we’ll post our predictions for this fight following the weighin on the Friday before the bout.

There may well be controversy afterwards, but we expect AJ to land the bigger shots and box effectively behind a stiff jab to claim a decision which sends him on to that potential megabucks showdown with Fury next year.

When does Joshua vs Usyk start?

Usyk vs Joshua 2 will take place on Saturday August 20, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Ring walks are expected to be late afternoon on the East Coast of the United States – likely between 4pm and 5pm.

Joshua vs Usyk on TV: Which channel?

DAZN will have the rights to show Joshua vs Usyk in the U.S. on August 20.

AJ recently signed a global deal with the streaming platform – which calls itself ‘the Netflix of sports’ and also has the likes of P4P king ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin under contract.

DAZN recently rolled out a PPV platform for the Canelo vs Bivol fight in May, but it remains to be seen whether DAZN will make Usyk vs Joshua 2 a pay-per-view promotion.

If it’s not PPV, then the cost of a DAZN sub right now is $19.99 per month or $149.99 for an annual sub.

What are Usyk and Joshua fighting for?

Not just a fistful of dollars at stake here, but three world heavyweight title belts as well.

Usyk defends the IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles for the first time, after winning them vs Joshua last September.

There is also the huge lure of a potential unification showdown vs WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury lying in wait for the winner here.

Boxing has not had an undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield back in 1999, but that long wait could soon be over. At least that’s the dream.

What was Usyk’s amateur record?

Usyk, like fellow Ukrainian boxing megastar Vasiliy Lomachenko, had an incredible amateur career before moving into the paid ranks. His record as an amateur was a stellar 335-15.

As a professional Usyk has yet to lose – his record is a perfect one at 19-0.

What does this mean for Fury vs Joshua?

If Joshua loses to Usyk again, then we can likely forget Fury vs Joshua for a long time and maybe for ever.

If AJ wins however, then the biggest fight in British boxing history surely has to happen. And maybe the biggest fight in boxing now. Even bigger than Canelo vs GGG 3 or Crawford vs Spence? Maybe.