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Don’t Just Bet on a Winner! Fury vs. Usyk Prop Bets

An undisputed heavyweight champion will be crowned for the first time in 25 years this weekend, and the atmosphere within the boxing world is electric as Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk gear up for the biggest fight of their long and storied careers.

The betting odds around Fury and Usyk’s outright winner markets are almost even at every bookmaker across the planet, proving how tightly contested the bout is supposed to be. However, as we prepare for a history-making moment in the Kingdom Arena, Saudi Arabia, betting value is to be found in a selection of proposition markets.

Don't Just Bet on a Winner! Fury vs. Usyk Prop Bets
Britain's Tyson Fury and Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk - Fayez Nureldine / AFP

On that note, join us today as we dive into the most noteworthy prop bets for Fury vs. Usyk.

 

Ring of Fire Event Information

  • Date & Time: Saturday, May. 18, 2024 – 12:00 p.m. ET  
  • Location: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • How to Watch: DAZN
  • Live Stream: Box Live
  • Main Event Bout: Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk
  • Co-Main Event Bout: Jai Opetaia vs. Mairis Briedis
  • Scheduled Fights: 10

 

Fury vs Udryk Betting Odds


 

Bet on Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk Going the Distance

Technical prowess and expected winners aside, I’m struggling to see any version of this fight ending inside the distance. Not only have both men displayed incredible durability throughout their professional careers, but they’ve also shown an ability to overcome adversity and fight back from compromisable positions where they’ve wobbled or dropped.

Usyk’s speed, movement, and technical fuelled style have often seen him go the distance as a heavyweight. The fight-ending power he displayed often as a cruiserweight hasn’t been as common with the big boys, and I don’t expect continuous power shots to be one of his paths to victory this weekend.

For Fury, he’s noticeably dropped more weight on this contest than ever before. This is likely to match the hand and foot speed of Usyk and will be two of the Ukrainian’s most potent attributes, and this could undoubtedly lead to Fury dropping some power as a result.

 

Prop Bet 1: Fight Goes the Distance (-225) 

We’re paying a little juice on this line, but nobody is sharper than the oddsmakers. They understand the variables surrounding this bout and how fights of this magnitude, historically, have ended up going the distance.

Aside from the previously mentioned factors, I believe Fury is more likely to score a knockout. However, Usyk’s movement will be unlike anybody he’s faced before, and I can envision him doing a lot of chasing rather than finding moments to land those fight-ending blows. Alternatively, if he isn’t chasing, anticipate a lot of stick-and-move of the backfoot, which also supports the case for this being a chess match and not an all-out brawl to deem each other unconscious.

 

 

 

Fury vs. Usyk: Value on the Scorecards

I want to begin by stating I’m a Tyson Fury fan hailing from the UK, but that isn’t going to sway my analytic thought process for this contest. To make a long story short, as much as it pains me to say, I believe Usyk is better in almost every aspect of the sweet science.

Usyk is more agile, his footwork is better, he’s superior in technical aspects, and he also matches the respectable cardio Fury has presented throughout his career. But most crucially, I expect the Ukrainian to equal Fury’s best attributes, movement, and gas tank. Not to mention, the Brit’s chin has undeniably been compromised where we haven’t seen that with Usyk.

The echo chamber keeps repeating how Fury will damage Usyk’s body, and I understand because we have seen him compromised in this position. But this is where Fury’s size “advantage” will go against him. He’s not the mobile man we once knew; he could barely hang with a debuting boxer in Francis Ngannou, and when it comes down to attacking the body, it’ll be incredibly difficult for the 6’9” frame to find spots where the body strikes become available.

 

Prop Bet 2: Usyk to Win by Decision or Tech Decision [+195] 

Outright bettors can find reasonable value on the moneyline because it’s a pick’em. However, we’re here for the props, and the best piece of plus-money value, I believe, coincides with our aforementioned prop bet of this fight going the distance.

At +195, backing Usyk to win by decision holds noteworthy value, in my opinion.

His slipping ability with counter punches, fluid movement, and smaller frame make him a difficult target to land clean shots, and Usyk bettors taking the win-by-decision approach’s biggest fears shouldn’t involve Fury himself but how the judges score this bout.

Fury isn’t known to lose rounds convincingly, so Usyk must make a statement and make it undeniable that he’s clearly winning rounds. That said, to recap the Anthony Joshua fight, a version of Usyk coming out early and often is what we want to see, and given the magnitude of this bout, we should anticipate this best version. Go with Usyk at the sportsbook.

 

  • Usyk has won three of his five heavyweight bouts via decision
  • Fury went the distance with Ngannou last October
  • Usyk has never been stopped via KO/TKO
  • Fury has never lost via KO/TKO

Our Favorite Tyson vs. Fury Prop Wagers  

  • Fight Goes the Distance/Yes (-225)
  • Usyk to Win By Decision (+195)  

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Can Fury or Usyk win by KO?


This is heavyweight boxing; any fighter on any given night has a high chance of winning by knockout in this weight class. However, due to the expected technical battle from both fighters, it’s more likely that this weekend’s undisputed title bout will be decided on the scorecards.

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