Now that he has finished the heavyweight series with Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk is preparing for a far more difficult and complex opponent in Tyson Fury.
Though the fight has not yet been confirmed, many bookmakers have already begun offering odds on the potential fight, indicating heavyweight interest in the clash, making it seem like an inevitability that Fury will return from his recent’retirement,’ as the Ukrainian has earned the right to challenge the Gypsy King in the ring.
Fury, who proved himself a heavyweight great by knocking out Deontay Wilder in Vegas, has the reach, the support of the majority of the betting public, and a wider range of boxing skill in his corner.
Usyk, who lacks Fury’s fearsome height and reach, may have a sense of destiny, with the fight taking place against the backdrop of the Ukraine war. Such factors, however, have no bearing on the oddsmakers.
The winner of the Fury-Usyk fight will become the world’s undisputed heavyweight champion, the first since Lennox Lewis accomplished the feat in 1999 by defeating Evander Holifield.
When these factors are combined, it equals a big night for gambling companies – one that may forego the traditional setting of Las Vegas.
Fury is the current 4/7 favorite to be Usyk’s next opponent, according to Sky Bet. While US sportsbook FanDuel has already backed Fury, with +200 odds for the Brit, Usyk has -250 odds.