Top Boxing Matches to Bet On The Weekend: Joshua Against Usyk Highlights Saturday Action

Top Boxing Matches to Bet On The Weekend: Joshua Against Usyk Highlights Saturday Action

On Saturday night, WBA, IBF, and WBO champion Anthony Joshua puts his belts on the line versus Oleksander Usyk in a huge heavyweight battle. Usyk is only a slight underdog, which means oddsmakers and boxing handicappers believe he has a shot against Joshua. Does he? Or will the reigning champ end Usyk’s title dreams? Check out Boxing odds and more information for that bout as well as other great boxing matches happening on Sep. 25. 

Top Boxing Matches to Bet On The Weekend | September 24th Edition

Campbell Hatton -2500 vs Izan Dura +950

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 25

20-year-old Campbell Hatton looks to build upon his 3-0 record. Campbell is the son of former champion Ricky Hatton, which means he’ll show up to the ring ready to brawl. But although Hatton is undefeated, he has yet to knockout an opponent. Izan Dura is 3-7 and has won a single fight in his last 5. Hatton will outclass Dura from beginning to end. 

Boxing Pick: Campbell Hatton 

Florian Marku -600 vs Maxim Prodan +400

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 25

Marku versus Prodan should be one of this weekend’s more interesting bouts. Marku is 8-0-1 with 6 knockouts. Prodan has a 19-0-1 record with 15 knockout wins. The odds difference implies Marku easily wins. Guess what? The chalk should. Marku has fought much better opponents and has more power. Look for knockout round props if you don’t want to lay the -600.

Boxing Pick: Florian Marku  

Callum Smith -3500 vs Lenin Castillo +1200

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 25

Smith is a massive favorite because he hung with Canelo for 12 rounds in his last fight. But Castillo versus Smith is a much closer fight than the odds indicate. Smith has trouble using his distance. In fact, he rarely does, preferring to brawl with smaller opponents. In 2019, Castillo went 12 rounds with Dimitry Bivol. 

Not only that, but Castillo is well-trained. More importantly, Smith’s defense involves showing no angles and stepping backwards with his gloves pressed against his head. The underdog shouldn’t win this fight, but there’s no way we can back Smith at -3500 and the chances of Smith knocking out Castillo aren’t great. We’ll take a shot. 

Boxing Pick: Lenin Castillo  

Dilan Prasovic +1100 vs Lawrence Okolie -2230

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 25

Don’t let Prasovic’s 15-0 with 12 knockout victories fool you. He’s not a very well-trained boxer. He continually crosses his feet and tends to get lazy with his punches. On Saturday, Prasovic faces, without a doubt, the best opponent of his career. Lawrence Okolie is 16-0 with 13 knockout victories. The burgeoning boxing superstar will handle Prasovic no problem. Look for an early round KO.  

Boxing Pick: Lawrence Okolie 

WBA/IBF/WBO Heavyweight Title – Oleksander Usyk +220 vs. Anthony Joshua -170

  • Why bet on Usyk to beat Joshua?

When Oleksander Usyk, 18-0 with 13 knockout wins, fought in the cruiserweight division, he used to brawl. Why not when you’ve got the heaviest hands in the weight class?

As a heavyweight, Usyk has changed tactics. He’s more fluid, shows much more movement, and pays attention to defense more than when he was a cruiserweight. The movement could frustrate a boxer like Joshua who wants to use his jab and stay to the outside.

Also, money has landed on Usyk, which means boxing handicappers believe Joshua isn’t a lock to win this.  

  • Why bet on Joshua to beat Usyk?

Since the loss to Andy Ruiz, the 24-1 champ has become a different boxer. He used his length much better in the rematch victory over Ruiz. Then in his last fight, versus Kubrat Pulev, Joshua used his jab to close the distance on his hesitant challenger, and peppered Pulev with combinations.

The champion was more aggressive versus Pulev than what we’ve seen in the past. If Joshua is aggressive versus Usyk, he should surprise the challenger. 

Final Boxing Betting Odds Analysis

Joshua got the flashy victory over Pulev, but we shouldn’t read too much into it. Pulev is a 39-year-old stand up brawler who had neither the physical abilities nor movement to hang with Joshua.

The first time Joshua fought a boxer with real skills, he failed. Anthony Ruiz dominated Joshua in their first bout with movement and pinpoint punching.

Ruiz was overweight in the second fight, which is how Joshua won the decision. There’s no way Usyk heads into this bout unprepared.

Joshua will try to use the same tactics agianst Usyk that he used versus Pulev. But it won’t work. The champion tends to cross his feet and then square up to throw power punches when he’s close to his opponent.

Usyk should expose those two flaws, which means the cruiserweight turned heavyweight wins the title. The late money is right. Oleksander Usyk beats Anthony Joshua in Saturday’s top boxing match. 

Boxing Prediction: Oleksander Usyk 

 


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