Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk tips: Our trader’s best bets for Saturday’s big bout

Paddy's boxing trader Luke Bolger delivers his verdict.

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I’m really looking forward to this now, it’s a fascinating fight between two top fighters at the top of their game. If you look at Oleksandr Usyk he went out and dominated the cruiserweight division. He’s moved up now and fought twice, his last fight was in England against Derek Chisora and he beat him very convincingly by unanimous decision.

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You’ve got Anthony Joshua who off the back of that shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jnr in New York obviously went out in the rematch and won fairly handily and stopped Kubrat Pulev inside nine rounds. So, two fighters at the top of their game. I’m really looking forward to this one.

Saturday 10.30pm: Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk

TV: Sky Sports Box Office

Joshua to win

Joshua is the short fav here but I do fancy Joshua to win the fight. You look at Oleksandr Usyk he does tend to start slow in certain fights. I think if he does this on Saturday night he’ll have a real uphill task.

Method of victory

I think Joshua will take the same kind of approach as he did to the second Ruiz Jnr fight and I can see him taking it by unanimous decision. I just don’t see him knocking Usyk out. I think he’ll take the more cautious route.

If Usyk is to win, how will he win?

Usyk will start slow and I don’t see him getting a points decision against Joshua in England unless he goes out and dominates nearly every round. I think he’ll need to stop him. When he fought Tony Bellew he stopped him in devastating fashion so he can do it. It’s just whether his punching power will be the same at heavyweight. If I was backing Usyk that’s what I’d go with, Usyk by KO.

Best Bet

My best bet would be Joshua to win by decision. I am really keen on that and if I was to have a method of victory that would be it.

Luke’s best bets

Match odds: Joshua to Win
Method of Victory: Joshua by decision
If Usyk is to win, how? Usyk by KO
Best Bet: Anthony Joshua to win by decision

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