Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker
Anthony Joshua is the current heavyweight champion, who managed to unite the IBF, WBA and IBO titles. He has held the IBF title since 2016, whereas he acquired the IBO and the WBA titles in 2017. The 28-year-old Brit from Watford has not been defeated in his professional career, having won a total of 20 fights.
Joshua represented Great Britain in 2012 at the London Olympics and he turned professional during the following 2013. All of Joshua’s victories have been either by knockout or technical knockout. The current champion is going to face New Zealander Joseph Parker, who is 26 years old and has also won all his fights until now. Parker has a 24-0 score.
Joshua is the obvious favourite for the fight between the two which will take place on the 31st of March at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. Bookmakers are already offering odds for this fight, and there are plenty of available selections.
William Hill offers covers 8 different markets with various selections. The odds for Joshua to win are just 1/8, whereas the odds for his opponent to win are set at 5/1. The odds for a draw are 28/1, which is a pretty unlikely option.
If you think the Joshua will manage to win by KO, TKO or disqualification, as he has always won before, then you will be able to place this wager at odds 2/7. If you think that this time Joshua will manage to win via a different method – decision or technical decision, then you will earn £4 for every £1 you wager.
The odds for Parker to win are much higher, a win for Parker by KO, TKO or DQ is offered at odds 15/2, whereas the odds for the underdog to win by decision are as high as 22/1. In addition to method of result, you can also place so called round bets. For example, if you think that Joshua will win in the third round, you can get odds at 8/1 and the same odds are offered for the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th round. It is also possible to bet on a group of rounds, for example that Joshua will win either in the 7th, the 8th or the 9th round.
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Ladbrokes offer a similar scope of markets and selections as the William Hill, but the odds for specific selections may vary. The odds for the favourite to win are only 12/1, lower than the odds offered by William Hill and in line with the odds offered by other operators. On the other hand, the odds for Parker to win are set at 6/, higher than the odds offered by WH. The odds for a draw are also 28/1.
The odds for Joshua to win by disqualification, knockout or technical knockout are the same as the odds offered by WH (2/7), and the odds for him to win by decision are also the same (4/1). The odds for Parker to win by KO, TKO or DQ are 9/1, compared to only 15/2 at William Hill.
In addition to other, more or less standard bets, with Ladbrokes you can place a wager that a boxer will manage to win the match after being knocked down. The odds for Joshua to do this are 6/1, whereas the odds for Parker to win after being down are 20/1. If you think that the match will be resolved in the first round, you can claim a profit ten times the amount of your wager.
The fight betting odds offered by Coral, are equal to those offered by Ladbrokes – 1/12 for a Joshua win, 6/1 for a Parker win and 28/1 for a draw. The odds for Parker to win by decision are 18/1, 9/1 for him to win by KO, TKO or DQ and the odds for Joshua to win by KO, TKO or DQ and the odds for him to win by decision are also the same as the odds offered by Ladbrokes – 2/7 and 4/1, respectively. The odds for fight betting and method of victory are available for cash out.
You may also place a wager on the number of rounds. Thus, if you think that the fight will finish within two round, you can get 9/2 odds, whereas if you feel that it will take more than 2 rounds, you can place a bet at odds 1/8. The odds for the fight to be finished by the end of the sixth round are evens (1 to 1), whereas the odds for the match to be concluded at some point after the sixth round are 8/11. If you believe that Joshua has the capacity to knock Parker down and finish the job within the first four rounds, you can get fair odds at 11/5 for that selection.
Paddy Power offers all main markets, as well as a range of special and unique markets for this match. The odds for either of the players to win, regardless of method are the same as the odds offered by Coral and Ladbrokes – 1/12 for Joshua and 6/1 for Parker, but the odds for the match to end in a draw are much higher at 40/1.
Paddy Power also offers head to head betting, with the odds set at 1/12 for Joshua and 11/2 for Parker. The odds for Joshua to win by KO or TKO are 3/10, whereas the odds for him to win on points or by decision are 9/2. The odds for these two selections but for Parker are 8/1 and 25/1, respectively.
Paddy Power offers a special ‘Gone in 60 seconds bet’ and if you believe that the match might finish in the first minute, you can get odds at 40/1 for Joshua to win in the first minute, 200/1 for Parker to win in the first minute and 33/1 for either of them to win. In addition, you can also bet on the exact minute of the match end. The odds for each of the first 6 minutes are 33/1.
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The odds for Joshua to win at 888Sport are only by a bit higher than the odds offered by most other operators, with the exception of WH and they are 9/100, while the odds for Parker to win are also 6/1. The odds for a draw are 33/1, which is somewhere in the middle between 28/1 and 40/1, figures offered by other bookies.
The odds for Anthony Joshua to win by knockout, technical knockout or disqualification are 1/4, lower than the odds offered by the other bookies listed above, but the odds for him to win on points are quite higher at 9/2. The odds for Parker to win, by KO and on points are higher compared to the odds offered by the other bookies and are set at 9/1 and 22/1, respectively.
The odds for the fight to go the distance (to have the winner decided after the last bell) are 7/2, whereas the odds for the fight to finish before the end of the last round are 9/50. The odds for Joshua to win in the 4th round are 8/1, just like the odds for him to win in the 5th or the 6th round.