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Heavyweight Boxing: 2020 Betting Preview

Heavyweight Boxing: 2020 Betting Preview - Betting tips and odds
Betting tips and odds

Heavyweight boxing promises to bring 2020 to a close with several huge fights featuring a host of Britain’s biggest names in the division. Although the upcoming fights are due to be held behind closed doors, they are still likely to drum up huge interest on the shores. Here at freebet.com we take a look at just some of the fights we can look forward to over the next couple of months, offering odds from Paddy Power. 

 

Dereck Chisora vs Oleksandr Usyk 

31st October 

Wembley Arena, London 

 

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion, Usyk, continues on his quest for heavyweight glory with a risky fight against the dangerous, Chisora. A second loss to Dillian Whyte almost two years ago seemed to signal the end of the road for Chisora but Del Boy has bounced back with three successive wins ahead of his long-overdue meeting with Usyk. Chisora versus Usyk has been postponed on several occasions which is far from ideal for Usyk as he tries to find his way in the heavyweight division. Having swept all before him at cruiserweight, Usyk looked unconvincing on his heavyweight debut last October. The Ukrainian finally overcame American, Chazz Witherspoon, with a seventh-round stoppage. 

 

There is no denying that Usyk is the technically superior fighter but concerns remain over his knockout ability at heavyweight. At 18/1, Chisora to win on points seems unlikely however, any other eventuality should be considered. We are expecting a technical masterclass from Usyk and predict a late stoppage. 

 

Fight odds 

Usyk – 1/8 

Chisora – 5/1 

Draw – 33/1 

 

Method of victory 

 

Usyk  

KO, TKO or Disqualification - Evens 

Decision or Technical decision – 6/5 

 

Chisora 

KO, TKO or Disqualification – 11/2 

Decision or Technical decision – 18/1 

 

Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte 

21st November 

Wembley Arena, London 

 

41-year old, Alexsander Povetkin, sent shockwaves through the heavyweight division back in August when he landed a sensational fifth-round knockout win against Dillian Whyte at Matchroom HQ. Whyte had remained the WBC’s mandatory challenger for over 1,000 days and it seemed he was perhaps no more than two fights away from finally earning his shot at the heavyweight title. However, that defeat at the hands of Povetkin has left Whyte’s position in the heavyweight hierarchy hanging by a thread. If he wins the rematch then he can put August’s shock defeat behind him and look ahead to a potential meeting with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder. If Whyte loses, it’ll be a long way back for the Bodysnatcher. 

 

A rematch often gives bettors the upper hand when trying to predict the outcome of a fight. We've been here before; we know what we should expect from this bout. Whyte, the taller, younger fighter will look to dismantle Povetkin round-on-round but the question will be whether or not he can keep away from that ferocious left hand that Povetkin possesses. Here at freebet.com we are expecting Whyte to get the job done however, with so much riding on this fight for the Londoner, we think a points win is the most likely outcome. 

 

Fight odds 

Whyte – 1/4 

Povetkin – 5/2 

Draw – 33/1 

 

Method of victory 

 

Whyte 

KO, TKO or Disqualification - Evens 

Decision or Technical decision – 2/1 

 

Povetkin 

KO, TKO or Disqualification – 3/1 

Decision or Technical decision – 13/1 

 

Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce 

28th November 

Venue TBC 

 

Another fight that has been rescheduled several times, the much-anticipated showdown between Dubois and Joyce will finally get underway this November. Both fighters boast an unbeaten record ahead of their Battle of Britain and will be fighting for the vacant European heavyweight title whilst Daniel Dubois will also put his British and Commonwealth title on the line. 

 

Dubois boasts a record of 14 knockouts from his 15 victories whilst Joe Joyce has 10 ko’s in 11 wins. We are therefore likely to see another explosive knockout when the two giants go toe-to-toe. 

 

Fight odds 

Dubois – 1/4 

Joyce – 11/4 

Draw – 25/1 

 

Method of victory 

 

Dubois 

KO, TKO or Disqualification – 1/2 

Decision or Technical decision – 9/2 

 

Joyce 

KO, TKO or Disqualification – 4/1 

Decision or Technical decision – 15/2 

 

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev 

12th December 

O2 Arena, London 

 

The final major heavyweight bout of 2020 will see Anthony Joshua defend the titles he regained from Andy Ruiz Jr against dangerous Bulgarian, Kubrat Pulev. Joshua now holds the WBA (super), WBO, IBF and IBO belts and as long as he can avoid a potential upset against Pulev then he could be set for an undisputed showdown with WBC champion, Tyson Fury in 2021. 

 

Joshua’s first fight against Andy Ruiz Jr highlights the importance of not looking too far ahead as a heavyweight boxer. One punch can change the entire landscape of heavyweight boxing. Despite his advancing years, Pulev will pose a real danger to Joshua. The 39-year old Bulgarian’s solitary career loss came against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2014. He has since racked up eight successive victories, including wins over Britons, Dereck Chisora and Hughie Fury. 

 

With a point to prove after his disciplined points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia, AJ will target a knockout on his return to the UK. Despite exploding onto the heavyweight boxing scene seven years ago, you could argue that AJ has become a little more pragmatic in recent bouts. Not since his third-round knockout win over Eric Molina in December 2016 has Joshua stopped an opponent in the first half of a fight. We are therefore tipping Joshua to win by knockout beyond the seventh round. 

 

Fight odds 

Joshua – 1/12 

Pulev – 6/1 

Draw – 33/1 

 

Method of victory 

 

Joshua 

KO, TKO or Disqualification – 1/3 

Decision or Technical decision – 16/5 

 

Pulev 

KO, TKO or Disqualification – 8/1 

Decision or Technical decision – 20/1 

 

If you want to place a bet on any of these or any other boxing match coming up, sign up to Paddy Power via freebet.com today. New Paddy Power customers can get an exclusive money back free bet of £10 to get started. 

Dani Rodriguez
US Betting Editor Dani Rodriguez Dani covers all all the betting news from the USA.

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