Oleksandr Usyk sees bets decrease, but odds shrink

Usyk has been the bettors favorite the whole way against Joshua. Nothing has really changed in that department. As a result, he’s finally starting to see some odds movement. Of course, that has an adverse effect as well.

Over the last 7 days, Usyk has seen his share of bets drop from 61.2% last week to 56.8% this week. That’s Usyk’s lowest numbers since July. Some of that has gone to Joshua who now sits at 35.1%, a slight increase from his 34.8% drop. The big winner is Draws, which are now sitting at 8.1% of the bet, a sharp increase from 4% last week.

Of course, with the betting continuing to poor in for Usyk, the odds are finally moving for him. He’s now given +750 odds to KO Joshua, down from +900 last week. Meanwhile, Joshua has seen his odds to win by KO drop from -110 to +115. However, Joshua did see his odds to win by decision shrink from +350 to +325.

Quote from OddsChecker spokesman Kyle Newman, “It’s about time the odds moved. Usyk has been the bettors favorite for months with little odds movement. As I said last week, something had to give. Now with just 10 days before the fight, Usyk sees a strong cut in his odds and Joshua sees his odds lengthen. All eyes are on the Joshua v. Fury fight later this year, but Usyk is the title challenger that people should really be worrying about.”


Result Odds Implied chance
Joshua by KO +115 46.5%
Joshua by decision +325 23.5%
Usyk by Decision +400 20%
Usyk by KO +750 11.8%
Draw +2300 4.2%

Usyk bettors favorite against Anthony Joshua

Fans have had their eyes on the Joshua v. Fury title fight at the end of the year, but bettors don’t believe Joshua will even be a champion by then.

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Anthony Joshua is a strong favorite to defeat Oleksander Usyk. He’s given -250 odds to win the fight, and -110 odds to win by KO. Meanwhile, Usyk is given +225 odds to win, and +900 odds to win by KO. This is a competitive odds market to be sure, but oddsmakers do clearly view Joshua as the favorite.

Bettors don’t see it that way. Over the last week, 59.3% of the bets have been placed on Usyk to pull off the upset. He’s been the bettors’ favorite for months now. Meanwhile, Joshua has seen 35.3% of bets. 5.3% of the bets are on a draw.

Quote from OddsChecker spokesman Kyle Newman, “These odds are close than most world title fight odds. That shows how fearsome an opponent oddsmakers believe Usyk really is. So, it’s no surprise to see bettors hammering him. Still, Joshua is the favorite in terms of money placed, so take Usyk’s status as the bettors’ favorite with a grain of salt.”