The bookmakers, as is so often the case, had priced up markets for Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker long before the fight was officially announced. Now that the fight has been set for Cardiff on the 31st March however, there are plenty of more interesting betting markets released.
The main takeaway from the betting is that Joshua is overwhelming favourite for the fight. He is priced at 1/12 to win the fight with the majority of major UK bookmakers. Parker is widely available at 6/1, whereas a draw is given odds of 33/1.
It is important to note, however, that there is plenty of money coming in for Parker (57% of all fight winner bets so far were placed on the New Zealander, according to Oddschecker). Indeed, plenty of pundits reckon that Parker has a better chance the odds suggest, although not all are as convinced as Tyson Fury is about it.
Of course, the odds above are just for the winner of the fight. There are plenty more betting options for such a high-profile fight. You can check out the latest Joshua vs. Parker betting tips to get expert advice on where your money should go. Some of the more interesting markets for the fight are discussed below:
Will the Fight Go the Distance:
The bookmakers are as low as 1/6 on this fight not going the distance. Not surprising, given that Joshua has a 100% KO record in his professional career and has only needed more than a few rounds on a handful of occasions. Parker, by contrast, has had to depend on a judges’ decision for his last three fights. It is 7/2 for the fight to go all 12 rounds.
Round Group Betting:
This market looks a bit more appealing to those wanting to earn a profit by applying some boxing knowledge. Joshua is best-priced 6-5 with Betfair to win in rounds 1-6 inclusive. He is a little higher at 13/8 to win in rounds 7-12. However, in looking at the markets for three grouped rounds, you can find Joshua at 4/1 with Sky Bet to win between rounds 9-12. That may be tempting to some given that, despite his KO record, his last two fights (Takam, Klitschko) ended by TKO in the 10th and 11th rounds respectively.
Method of Victory:
This is a betting market that might suit those backing Parker over Joshua. For example, Betfair go 17/2 that Parker wins the fight (in any fashion), but they go 14/1 that he wins by KO/TKO/Disqualification. Most Parker backs would agree that, if he is to win, it will likely be by through the latter method and thanks to Joshua’s ‘glass chin’.
To be Knocked Down and Win:
This is obviously a much harder market to call, and really one for a bit of fun when you are watching the fight live. However, the odds are decent enough. Ladbrokes go 6/1 for Joshua to be knocked down at some point and still win the fight. The odds for the Parker to do the same are 20/1.