One of boxing’s biggest heavyweight fights in some years is set to take place at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on 31st March. Anthony Joshua, the unbeaten IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) heavyweight champion, will take on WBO champion Joseph Parker, with the New Zealand fighter also never having lost a professional bout. There has been plenty of trash-talk, but now the fighters are ready to let their fists do the talking.
The fight is one of the hottest tickets in the UK, with around 75,000 fans set to pack out the iconic venue in Cardiff. Most of those fans will be getting behind their British hero, Joshua, although Parker is also sure to have some support. Below is a guide to some of the popular betting markets, with some tips also thrown in. You can get a complete guide to the bout, with boxing expert betting tips for the Joshua v Parker fight from Free Bets.
Lots of big money punters will be placing their bets on Joshua in the hope of making a quick profit. He has odds ranging from about 1/8 (William Hill) to 1/25 (Betfair) currently. You can see the attraction, with the Brit winning every fight of his career by KO/TKO. Some punters will fancy Parker though, odds of 13/2 are tempting for a fighter who has yet to taste defeat.
Tip: Joshua to win, but there are ways to make a bigger profit in the fight.
Method of Victory:
There is a bit more value to be found in this betting market. Joshua is 1/4 to win by KO/TKO or disqualification. That would represent a 25% increase on your outlay. Not bad when considering his record. Parker is priced at 14/1 to win the fight within the 12 rounds, but he not done that since beating Alexander Dimitrenko in October 2016. Three fights have been decided by judges since that time. Parker is 33/1 to win by decision, with Joshua 9/2 to do so for the very first time in his career.
Tip: Joshua to win by KO/TKO. However, you can see the value in backing Parker at those big odds to win by decision.
You will get odds ranging from around 8/1 – 22/1 for Joshua to win in a specific round of the fight. The mean average of his fights (of 12 rounds) points to a win in the 4th or 5th round, which is priced at 8/1. However, some would point to his two most high-profile fights – Wladimir Klitschko and Carlos Takam – ending in the 11th and 10th respectively. You can find odds of 4/1 (Ladbrokes) for Joshua to win in rounds 9 through 12 inclusive. Parker can be found at a range of 100/1 – 175/1 to win in any specific round by Betfair. That’s pretty huge value, especially given that surprises are always possible in heavyweight division.
Tip: Joshua to win in rounds 9-12.
There are lots of special markets on the fight due to its high-profile status, so do check out the experts’ opinions. However, what jumps out are the odds for him to win after being knocked down at any point in the fight. It is 6/1 for that to happen, just like it did twice vs. Klitschko. Another interesting one is the 10/1 offered by Paddy Power for both fighters to be knocked down during the match.
Tip: Joshua to be knocked down and still win.