Joshua vs Parker
Edward Hillam provides some top tips on the two fighters to help you determine the outcome of the boxing match and, therefore, who to place your bet on.
Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua takes on his toughest test to date when facing fellow undefeated champion Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium on the final day of March. One man will exit the ring with IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO world title belts, cementing his place as the division's future.
The early Joshua vs Parker betting would have you believe Londoner AJ only has to turn up to win the bout, but those with a keen interest in the noble art know that is just not the case. Reflecting this, Betfair is taking bets on both fighters being knocked down, while Betway is looking to attract those gambling on the fight going the distance.
The odds make a play on Anthony Joshua to win the fight pretty pointless. Few would take any joy in risking £12 to win £1. Anything can happen in boxing's top division – here are a few things worth knowing before getting your cash down.
Anthony Joshua has knockout power
This will not be over quickly
You do not get paid extra for overtime in this sport, and Joshua's stats show he has won most of his bouts early, including several first-round KOs. Will he take the fight to Parker and make a statement from the first bell? It is unlikely. As the level of opposition goes up, the rounds have increased. The Londoner's last two have gone at least ten rounds – 11 vs Klitschko and 10 against Carlos Takam last time out.
There is enough quality in the opposite corner to ensure the short-priced favourite does not come out all guns blazing, taking risks and leaving himself open. If he does, Parker will have no hesitation in causing an upset. The New Zealander brings a 75% knockout average. The fight going into the second-half looks fair, over 6.5 rounds priced 10/11. Over 8.5 is an eye-catching 11/8.
Anthony Joshua has a two-inch height and six-inch reach advantage over Joseph Parker. He will look to use that by bringing the jab into play early and building up a substantial points lead in the opening rounds. Joshua to defend his titles with a points win is 11/2.
Joshua has never been 12 rounds before. That experience should give him the edge if this bout goes into the latter stages. Joe Parker's last three have all travelled the scheduled distance, including a majority decision points win over Hughie Fury last summer. Cannot separate the pair or fancy an interest at a higher price? The fight to go the distance is 4/1, and that bet counts regardless of who gets the decision.
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About the Author
Edward Hillam has been writing for a few years now, and sport is one of his favourite topics – from football to hockey and MMA. He's also been reviewing movies and series, and cinema is one of his other passions. He watches them all and has created content for quite a few sports publishers.