Joshua vs Povetkin fight championship in London on September 22 provides a lot of value for sports bettors. I am always expressing that value and the understanding of the forces behind what moves the lines is the difference between being a sharp or square when it comes to betting on sports. Of course, the sharps are the bettor’s that consistently earn money betting on sports and the squares are usually chasing the inflated lines based on public perception and hype.
According to the boxing odds at YouWager.eu Anthony Joshua is a -1000 favorite (wager $1,000 to win $100) to defeat Alexander Povetkin and retain his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles. With that being said, there are many prop bets for this fight that hold a lot of value for sharp bettors that want to cash in on both mistakes the oddsmakers might have made in addition to the aforementioned public money skewing the lines.
In the wake of the highly anticipated and entertaining Canelo vs. GGG 2 fight last week, the Joshua vs. Povetkin fight has flown under the radar with regard to the public’s consciousness. At least outside of the UK. This definitely plays a role in where the public money is going. Keep in mind, heavy money in the UK is coming in on their pride and joy, Joshua, while the 39-year-old power punching Povetkin isn’t getting much respect from the oddsmakers.
Here are my four best Boxing for the Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin heavyweight world title fight.
Three of the four recognized heavyweight titles will be at stake on Saturday when British star Anthony Joshua returns in front of an expected crowd of 90,000 at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The fact that the fourth title — the WBC strap owned by fellow unbeaten Deontay Wilder — isn’t on the line after very public talks fell apart in recent months for a fall unification bout has done a decent job in overshadowing the danger of Joshua’s return. Yet the unified WBA/WBO/IBF titleholder faces a stiff test nonetheless in WBA mandatory opponent and former world title challenger Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs).
Armed with a new three-year deal with promoter Matchroom Sport and firmly entrenched as the sport’s biggest star globally, the 28-year-old Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) doesn’t look at choosing Povetkin as necessarily risking a future fight with Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), who is currently negotiating a bout with lineal champion Tyson Fury for December. Joshua also denied that choosing Povetkin had everything to do with the fight being used as a launching pad for the streaming service DAZN, which commenced in America on Sept. 10 ahead of Saturday’s debut card (4:30 p.m. ET).