Pop superstar Justin Bieber has been made a huge favorite to win after calling out Hollywood heartthrob Tom Cruise for a fight.
Bieber made his statement on social media and was backed up by promoter Oscar De La Hoya and UFC hardman Conor McGregor.
The Canadian said: “I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom if you don’t take this fight your scared. You will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight?”
De La Hoya replied: “I got you.” McGregor then stated: “If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout.
“Does Cruise have the sprouts to fight like he does in the movies? Stay tuned to find out!”
He added: “I challenge Mark Wahlberg on the very same card. Back when Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark, I’d have still slapped the ears off him and took my UFC shares back!”
Immediately, Oddschecker made Cruise odds on to take the spoils if the pair met inside the ring or octagon.
Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: “The rise of celebrity white-collar fights has been on the rise recently. Who can forget the ‘spectacle’ that was Wayne Bridge vs Spencer Matthews last year?
“This fight has a little more star power, to say the least. With one of the biggest names in the movies taking on one of the highest selling artists of all time.
“Cruise’s performance in Far and Away highlighted his (on screen) boxing ability. On the other hand, Bieber seemed to struggle in a scuffle with Orlando Bloom a few years ago. Expect Cruise’s odds to drop as time progresses.”
Fast forward 24 hours and Betway have reacted to Bieber’s taunt by making him as a massive favorite to defeat Cruise in a UFC-style cage fight.
The Canadian singer challenged Mission Impossible star Cruise by calling him out on Twitter. The leading online bookmaker goes just 1/3 for the 25-year-old to win, while Cruise can be backed at 9/4.
Betway’s Alan Alger said: “It’s not every day that a global popstar challenges a member of silver screen royalty to a cage fight. Justin Bieber’s proposal to Tom Cruise to clash in the octagon has resulted in a few raised eyebrows.
“It’s certainly not the most straightforward bout to price but, with age firmly on his side, Bieber is the clear favourite at 1/3 while Cruise can be backed at 9/4.”
Cruise-Bieber UFC Fight Winner:
Justin Bieber 1/3
Tom Cruise 9/4