Boxing Betting -- Joshue, Wilder, Bivol highlight "Day of Reckoning" card

  • In Charles Jay
  • Sat, Dec 23rd, 2023 9:45:51 am
  • By Charles Jay - Exclusive to OSGA

Deontay Wilder, Joey Parker and Anthony Joshua are former heavyweight champions who are looking to climb back to the top. They will be in action on Saturday as the Saudi's host the "Day or Reckoning."

If nothing else, the Saturday pay-for-view card (done in conjunction with DAZN) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has volume. There are a lot of fights encompassing a lot of rounds, but to be honest, there's some intrigue too.

The results here could impact the ability of several of these competitors to receive a heavyweight title shot. Specifically, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, who were knocked off by Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, respectively, could vault themselves right back into the picture with impressive wins.

Let's take a look at some boxing betting odds as they come from the people at BetOnline:

Daniel Dubois -220
Jarrell Miller +190

Over 8.5 Rounds +110
Under 8.5 Rounds -140

Technically, Dubois is a former champion, as he has previously won the "regular" heavyweight belt by beating Trevor Bryan. He has great early power, but questions have to be raised about his stamina. Joe Joyce took him out after he had run out of gas, and he was outclassed by Usyk in a bid for a unified heavyweight crown.

Miller is undefeated (26-0-1), but he self-sabotages. He's had a couple of positive substance tests that got in the way of him getting a title shot. He could have fought for that "regular" title (now back in the hands of Mahmoud Charr) but negotiated his way out of it. For this fight he weighed in at 333 pounds, 94 more than Dubois. Somebody better knock somebody out early in this one. We're going UNDER on the rounds.

Dmitry Bivol -5000
Lyndon Arthur +1600

Over 10.5 Rounds -145
Under 10.5 Rounds +115

Bivol (21-0, 11 KO's), as I'm sure you're aware, won a decision over Canelo Alvarez in May of last year. Maybe there's a rematch in the works. But Bivol has been calling out Artur Beterbiev, a power-punching fellow 175-pound belt-holder.

Arthur is 23-1, having lost only to Anthony Yarde, somebody he had previously beaten. He's currently the IBO 175-pound champion. A stand-up boxer, there's really nothing extra special here. And that's reflected in the odds.

Bivol is very sound fundamentally, and fights in such a way that he makes his opponents very apprehensive to engage. Arthur may not be particularly aggressive here, and that could extend the fight. We can go OVER on the round proposition.

Deontay Wilder -550
Joseph Parker +425

Over 6.5 Rounds -135
Under 6.5 Rounds +105

Wilder is 43-2-1 (42 KO's), with the two losses and the draw coming against Tyson Fury. And in two of those fights he gave Fury a scare. Since his loss in October 2021, Wilder has fought only once, with a first-round knockout of Robert Helenius. But he's been off over a year.

Parker (33-3, 23 KO's), a New Zealander, was the WBO heavyweight champion in 2016, handing Andy Ruiz his first career loss. Joe Joyce knocked him out last year, but he's been pretty busy in 2023, fighting three times.

If Parker has an edge, maybe that's it - activity. But he's generally going to be in front of his guy. And I don't think he can slug with Wilder. Maybe Wilder is going to be rusty out there, but this is one of those situations where I might take a chance on a KO proposition. Wilder is +400 to win anywhere from Round 1 to Round 3 and +1600 to score a first-round KO.

Anthony Joshua -420
Otto Wallin +340

Over 10.5 Rounds -200
Under 10.5 Rounds +160

Joshua was, at one time, the "future" of the heavyweight division. Remember that? It wasn't all that long ago. DAZN made a mega-deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom group based on Joshua's stardom. And then a funny thing happened - he didn't become a star outside of the borders of the United Kingdom. Joshua has beaten Wladimir Klitschko and the aforementioned Parker, but he has lost three times - to Andy Ruiz and twice to Usyk.

Usyk, a technician, outclassed him a bit. His fundamentals confused Joshua and kept him off-balance. Wallin, whose only pro loss was a decision to Fury in a rather spirited fight, is, like Usyk, a southpaw, and possesses some of the same technical ability. At this price, there's some value as an upset possibility.

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