Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder colliding in a powerhouse heavyweight title bout have raised eyebrow-raising odds from the bookmakers.
Odds were released on several potential bouts, alongside some highly hopeful ones, one of which was Joshua vs. Wilder.
Plenty of fractions make a list and have plenty of choices for the pugilistic punters.
But it’s the manner of those odds which may bring divide on either side of the Atlantic.
Joshua, currently the holder of four title belts, and Wilder – one of the most fearsome punchers in the sport – cannot be split. The fractions are dead-level, with Joshua and Wilder both 5/4 to win and the draw at 25/1.
Before Tyson Fury dethroned Wilder just months ago, the American was a heavy favorite. Due to the fact both have been humbled in recent times, it could simply come down to who lands first.
DEONTAY WILDER vs. WHYTE
Deontay Wilder taking on Joshua’s stablemate and former opponent, Dillian Whyte, brings another story. Wilder is a big favorite at odds of 4/9. Wilder vs. Usyk? – A similar story in favor of the ‘Bronze Bomber.’
Fury vs Joshua has ‘The Gypsy King’ favored at 1/2 and 2/7 if he entertains Wilder again.
Andy Ruiz Jr. comes into the equation if he signs to fight Wilder. Bookies don’t give the ex-champ much of a chance at 4/1.
Other match-ups include a return to action for Andre Ward, possibly facing Canelo Alvarez. Bookmakers are also unable to separate the pair.
Canelo was due to battle Billy Joe Saunders on Cinco de Mayo until the coronavirus hit. The Mexican remains a massive favorite at 1/7 if the bout goes ahead.
Finally, the recently-signed ‘Heaviest Boxing Match Ever’ between World’s Strongest Men, Eddie Hall and Thor Bjornsson, sees the man who broke the other’s record given the edge.
Bjornsson topped Hall’s half-ton deadlift by the slightest of margins recently. But Hall contesting the fact that it was out of competition has led to the pair wanting to trade blows.
The fight will go down in September 2021, one year after an initial agreement. COVID-19 means the battle is on hold.