Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua -if and when it happens – will be the biggest fight in British boxing history, and the betting odds will provide a fascinating sub-plot.
The pair had been set to lock horns in Saudi Arabia on Saturday August 14 with an immediate rematch potentially taking place before the end of 2021. However that grand plan is now in ruins after Deontay Wilder won an arbitration ruling which means Fury must fight him before September 15.
That means before Fury vs Joshua happens we will get the following showdowns:
- Fury vs Wilder 3 in Las Vegas on Saturday July 24
- Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday August 21 or Saturday August 28 – likely in London.
Assuming both Fury and Joshua prevail in those bouts, they would finally meet later in 2021 with all of the world heavyweight titles (WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO) on the line. The winner would be the first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
Less than two years ago, Joshua (now 24-1) would have been a clear favourite for this still notional matchup. But his shock defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, and Fury’s subsequent destruction of Deontay Wilder in 2020, changed all that.
The odds are still close, and Fury vs Joshua is expected to be a huge betting event as well as a box-office smash.
Just about everybody has an opinion on this all-British superfight, and only some of them can be right.
Fury vs Joshua latest UK odds
As already detailed, the odds have changed in the last two years for this huge matchup. In the summer of 2018 Fury was just embarking on a comeback after ballooning to 28 stone in weight, and coming close to suicide due to mental health issues.
Joshua meanwhile was still unbeaten and carrying all before him. But the whole tone changed in the year that was to follow.
First Fury (now 30-0-1), on the back of two tune-up fights, claimed a highly creditable draw against feared heavyweight king Wilder in December 2018. Then Joshua was shocked by 30/1 underdog Ruiz Jr in New York in June 2019.
Fury’s demolition of Wilder – handing ‘The Bronze Bomber (now 42-1-1) his first ever professional defeat – in their February 2020 rematch completed the turnaround. Now it is Fury who is the market leader for the fight the whole of Britain cannot wait to see.
Latest Fury vs Joshua odds in the UK are:
- Bet365: 8/15 Fury, 11/8 Joshua
- Sky Bet: 1/2 Fury, 3/2 Joshua, 20/1 Draw
- Paddy Power: 4/7 Fury, 11/8 Joshua, 22/1 Draw
- William Hill: 4/7 Fury, 6/4 Joshua, 16/1 Draw
- Betfair: 4/7 Fury, 11/8 Joshua, 22/1 Draw
- BetVictor: 8/15 Fury, 13/8 Joshua, 20/1 Draw
- Betway: 1/2 Fury, 8/5 Joshua, 22/1 Draw
NB: Odds correct on May 17, 2021
Fury vs Joshua latest U.S. odds
Betting on sports in the United States has been allowed since the Supreme Court struck down PASPA (a law that prohibited betting outside of Nevada) in 2018. Since then states can decide to open up for sports betting, or not.
Many have, and there are a number of sportsbooks offering Fury vs Joshua odds:
- FanDuel: -175 Fury, +135 Joshua, +2000 Draw
- Bet365: -188 Fury, +138 Joshua
- FOX Bet: -200 Fury, +160 Joshua, +2500 Draw
- PointsBet: –250 Fury, +175 Joshua
- BetAmerica: -190 Fury, +135 Joshua
- Resorts: -190 Fury, +135 Joshua
Understanding U.S. odds: You’ll notice that the fighters have either a minus or plus before their odds. This means:
- If Fury is -190, it means you win $100 for every $190 you bet
- If Joshua is +135, it means you win $135 for every $100 you bet
How to bet on Fury vs Joshua
The easiest way to bet on Fury vs Joshua is online. Major bookmakers have mobile apps and websites which make it easy.
The process is pretty simple to follow:
- Choose the bookmaker you want to open an account with
- Visit the website or download the app
- Register for an account
- Deposit funds in your account
- Now you are ready to bet
You should check out all the best offers and promotions before the fight before you decide on an option. Many bookmakers will try to outdo each other with special offers which almost seem too good to be true.
Many of these offers quote amazing prices, and while they are legit, often the stake allowed is quite low.
Is Fury better than Joshua?
The odds suggest so as Fury is the favourite, and the majority of boxing experts out there expect ‘The Gypsy King’ to prevail against Joshua.
The subject of their records is hotly debated. Joshua’s record includes a host of wins against top heavyweights, including that famous defeat of Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in 2017.
However, Fury fans point to their man’s convincing points win over a much younger Klitschko and that destruction of Wilder to state their case that his record is superior.
The close nature of the odds and the matchup just add to the excitement. It promises to be an incredible event – one which Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says is “a 1966 moment”. He was of course referring back to England lifting the football World Cup some 55 years ago.
Will Joshua ever fight Fury?
It is still difficult to see a scenario where this fight never happens – but the road there has provided huge bumps already.
From a positive standpoint, before Wilder threw a spanner in the works Fury and Joshua had signed contracts on a two-fight deal and Saudi Arabia had agreed to put up a record $155million (£109million) site fee.
AJ would put his IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles on the line while Fury’s WBC, Ring magazine and lineal titles would also be up for grabs.
The dream end result = the first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis way back in November 1999.