Anthony Joshua takes his opponent seriously. He has told reporters: “Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for. He has serious pedigree and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table.”
The best online betting sites in the United Kingdom, however, don’t think Povetkin could pose a problem to the heavyweight champion. The returns offered on Joshua’s win are as small as 1/16, and the odds on Povetkin’s victory (8/1) indicate that the Russian contender is an absolute underdog.
The bookies’ evaluation is accurate. Joshua’s boxing skills and punching power simply surpass his opponent’s, which in itself would be enough to decide the bout. And there are additional factors increasing the likelihood of Joshua’s win. First, the 40-year-old Povetkin is much older than the 28-year-old Joshua. Second, the heavyweight champion has a seven inch reach advantage over the challenger.
This is not to say that the fight does not deserve the attention of gambling enthusiasts. Bet365 Sportsbook offers a good number of Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin betting specials that could bring them higher rewards than simply betting on Anthony Joshua to beat Alexander Povetkin.
The safest options among the Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin betting specials
Anthony Joshua ended all but one of his fights with a KO and his next opponent is not expected to become the second boxer to withstand Joshua’s punching power. To be fair, Povetkin has a massive chin; for instance, he lost to Wladimir Klitschko only by decision. Still, Joshua is a better finisher than Klitschko was that night. The British champion will try to knock Povetkin out and will probably get at least a stoppage. If you want to stay on the safe side, bet on the fight to not go the distance (1/4).
The option on “Anthony Joshua to win by a KO, TKO or disqualification” is an even better choice. It offers slightly higher returns (2/5) with the same level of safety.
In which round will the Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin fight end?
Round betting is where predicting the fight gets more difficult—and more profitable, of course. The most likely scenario is that Joshua will win either in rounds 4–6 or 7–9 (both options have 10/3 betting odds). The odds are 9/2 for both an early (rounds 1–3) and a late (10–12) victory.
Are you looking for more options? Anthony Joshua’s fans can also bet on his rumored bout with Deontay Wilder. (The highly anticipated fight is unlikely to happen before 2019, but online sportsbook sites in the UK already offer bets on it.) Some of his supporters are even betting on his becoming the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018. That is the only bet where he is not the bookies’ favorite!