How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Joshua 1/18, Breazeale 10/1, Draw 40/1 - Boylesports
- Method of Victory: Joshua by KO 1/12, Joshua by Decision 9/1, Breazeale by KO 10/1 - Ladbrokes
- Total Rounds: Over 6.5 9/2, Under 6.5 1/8 - 888Sport
- This is Joshua’s first defence of his IBF World Heavyweight title, having defeated previous holder Charles Martin in April. He has knocked out his opponents in all 16 of his previous professional fights, 15 of them within the first three rounds.
- Breazeale has won all 17 of his fights, with all but two ending in knockouts. He was knocked down by Amir Mansour in his last bout and was losing heavily on points when his opponent had to retire with a gruesome tongue injury that required 36 stitches.
This should be relatively straightforward for Joshua, whose extraordinary record is edging him ever closer to a mouthwatering face-off with fellow Brit Tyson Fury, who had to relinquish the IBF belt when Wladimir Klitschko took up his option on a rematch. However, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has expressed concerns about the vulnerability of Joshua’s chin and stated that Breazeale has so much to gain on Saturday that he can’t be discounted.
There’s very little value in betting on a straight Joshua victory or even a knockout from the Brit, but because Joshua is used to taking care of business early on, there are some decent odds if you think he will take his time over dispatching the American. 888Sport’s 9/2 on there being more than 6.5 rounds is worth a look and optimists can even find 21/4 from the same company on it finishing after 7.5 rounds or more.
If you reckon he’ll go the other way and wrap it up inside 60 seconds, Ladbrokes has 8/1 on that eventuality, although a slightly more cautious bet would be 6/4 from 32Red on there being a knockdown or a count in the first round.
- Sports.net’s top tip - Over 6.5 rounds 9/2 - 888Sport
*Please note, odds may fluctuate in the lead-up to the fight