British rivals Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte finally face off in a rematch nearly a decade in the making, and the two top heavyweights are looking for blood and glory ahead of their Saturday, August 12 showdown from The O2 Arena in London, England.
Boxing odds have Joshua repeating his 2015 win as a -800 favorite, while Whyte is catching flak for his recent poor performances as a significant +500 underdog.
In their first fight, the winner was positioned as the face of the future, but now, the loser will be the face of the past. Check out my Joshua vs. Whyte II betting picks and predictions, and see if it will be revenge or repeat before their clash in London.
Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte odds
|Method of victory||Anthony Joshua||Dillian Whyte|
|Win by KO/TKO||-115||+650|
|Win by points or decision||+170||+1,700|
Odds are courtesy of FanDuel as of July 13, 2023 with odds currently unavailable.
Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte betting predictions
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Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte betting preview
After Joshua knocked Whyte out in seven rounds back in 2015, It felt inevitable that they would face off again. Since that first fight, Joshua has done better than Whyte against common opponents and has performed better at the highest levels of the sport as a two-time heavyweight champion.
A shock defeat to Andy Ruiz in 2019, then a pair of losses to Oleksandr Usyk seemed to finally break Joshua mentally, and he’s in the process of picking up the pieces after a lackluster decision win over Jermaine Franklin last April. However, a familiar opponent in the decline might be just what the doctor ordered for the 32-year-old.
This will be Joshua’s second fight with trainer Derrick James, who will hope to recapture Joshua’s explosive power-boxing style he displayed early in his career. Joshua is an explosive puncher who is as fast as he is strong, and can turn a fight around with the slightest opening. To beat Whyte, Joshua needs to keep Whyte on the end of his jab and look to land a right uppercut between Whyte’s guard when he tries to charge in.
Whyte has been in perpetual pursuit of this rematch, but his recent form is troubling. Whyte is 2-2 in his last four fights, losing twice by knockout and looking absolutely dreadful against Franklin last year. Though Whyte has always been a rugged battler with a ton of heart, he’s barely evolved since the first Joshua fight.
He has been in some grueling battles and has recently shown signs of wear in his last few fights. An ancient Alexander Povetkin shut him down with one punch, and he looked helpless for the six rounds Tyson Fury pounded him for. In his return fight, he looked awful against Franklin, with many feeling he got a gift decision. All signs point to Whyte being on the decline.
To that point, Joshua doesn’t possess the same sense of self-belief he had as well. A desperate Whyte is finally facing his hated rival, presumably with his pride and career on the line. If Whyte can turn the clock back to his old form for just one night, he may have the defining moment he’s been chasing his entire career.
Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte boxing prediction and best bet
Prediction: Joshua ML
Joshua is closer to his prime than Whyte and hasn’t been outclassed at the top level like Whyte has. Though not the best heavyweight in the world anymore, Joshua can only be beaten by the very best in the division. A key flaw in Whyte’s game is his lazy defense and holding his hands wide, inviting uppercuts that have fallen him in the past. This diminished version of Whyte won’t be able to trouble Joshua, who will win easier this time around.
Prediction: Joshua moneyline (-600 at DraftKings)
Best Bet: Joshua by KO/TKO
I expect Joshua to start off faster than he did against Franklin, and he’s going to keep Whyte at bay and walk him right into a big shot. Once Whyte starts getting hit, he’ll abandon his strategy and try to catch Joshua in a firefight. That should give Joshua a chance to land either a sweeping uppercut down the middle, or a right hand that sends Whyte down and out, securing a knockout win.
Prediction: Joshua to win by KO/TKO (-115 at FanDuel)