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Joshua vs Wallin Deep Dive: Boxing Bets, Odds and Preview

Anthony Joshua will face Otto Wallin in a 12-round heavyweight bout at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, December 23.

Joshua, who has already secured two victories this year, is preparing to face his most challenging opponent of 2023: the resilient Otto Wallin, who has previously posed significant challenges for the current WBC world heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.

Joshua vs Wallin Deep Dive: Boxing Bets, Odds & Preview
Joshua vs Wallin Deep Dive: Boxing Bets, Odds & Preview

Johsua and Wallin will trade at ‘Day of Reckoning, and with that in mind, I’m here to provide boxing bets tonight for this highly anticipated showdown.

 

Joshua vs Walling Event Information

  • Date & Time: Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023 – 11:00 a.m. ET
  • Location: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Promotion: Matchroom Boxing
  • Scheduled Bouts: 8
  • Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin Live Stream: Box Live
  • Main Event Bout: Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin

 

Moneyline Probability: Joshua – 81.8% (-450) Wallin – 23.5% (+325)

 

Joshua vs Wallin Betting Odds

Joshua vs Wallin: Fighter Previews

Anthony “AJ” Joshua

At the start of the year, the British star was not among the top contenders in the division because of his two losses against Oleksandr Usyk. However, he has since regained his momentum by securing straightforward wins against Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius. The victory against Helenius was particularly significant, marking his first stoppage win in nearly three years.

Joshua is now the main attraction in a highly anticipated event taking place in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night. His long-standing heavyweight rival, Deontay Wilder, will also participate in an interesting bout against Joseph Parker as the co-main event. If Joshua and Wilder both achieve victory, it is anticipated that they will eventually encounter each other in the boxing arena next year.

Joshua is further motivated by the possibility of becoming a three-time world champion in 2024 since the heavyweight belts are expected to be divided following Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk’s undisputed match in February.

Joshua Moneyline Odds (-450)

 

Otto Wallin

Meanwhile, boxing betting underdog Wallin will be determined to undermine all of these plots while also advancing his own aspirations for a world title. In 2019, the Swedish heavyweight gained recognition by enduring twelve rounds against Tyson Fury, causing his opponent to bleed and sustain cuts.

The 33-year-old’s sole professional loss remains unchanged, as Wallin’s record improved to 28-1 after defeating Murat Gassiev in September behind a six-fight win streak dating back to the aforementioned Fury loss.

Wallin Moneyline Odds (+325)

 

Joshua vs Wallin: The Tale of the Tape

Anthony Joshua Otto Wallin
Country UK Sweden
Age 34 33
Pro Record 26-3-0 26-1-0
KOs 23 14
Height 6’6” 6’5”
Reach 82.0” 78.0”
Win/Loss (Last 5) W/W/L/L/W W/W/W/W/W
Championship Titles N/A N/A
Stance Orthodox Southpaw
Inactivity 133 days 84 days
Pro 10 years 10 years

 

Joshua vs Wallin: Main Event Breakdown & Analysis

Joshua Fight Style & How Can Joshua Defeat Wallin

In terms of style, this contest is rather straightforward. Joshua possesses superior punching power and excels when he maintains control of the center of the ring and fights aggressively. He has exhibited fluctuations in performance over the last few years, but in his most recent battle, he displayed a level of skill and form reminiscent of his prime.

Wallin Fight Style & How Can Wallin Defeat Joshua

Wallin is a very skilled and technically proficient boxer who consistently demonstrates his readiness for intense battles. However, he is only a straightforward pugilist. He lacks uniqueness in his actions, consistently favoring movement toward his right side and employing repetitive strategies to successfully execute punches with his left hand.

If Joshua allows Wallin to take the lead in the dance and occupy the central position in the ring, it will prove to be an arduous evening for the ex-unified champion.

The Best Betting Pick: Over 10 ½ Rounds

Joshua interestingly defeated Wallin twice during their amateur careers; however, a lot has changed since then. We’ve watched the Brit struggle with southpaws, namely Usyk, and as previously mentioned, he must control the center of the ring to avoid an upset.

This bout isn’t as straightforward as the Las Vegas odds suggest, but I believe Joshua is the rightful favorite. Despite an impressive record, the Swede hasn’t fought a level of competition where we can confidently wager on his +325 price tag at our sportsbook.

That said, durability is a key factor when debating our best boxing betting pick. Wallin has never lost via KO/TKO, and Andy Ruiz was the only man ever to finish Joshua. Both men have frequently gone the distance in recent years, and I expect this trend to continue on Saturday.

  • Joshua defeated Wallin twice in the amateurs
  • Joshua has 9 more KO victories than Wallin
  • Wallin has gone the distance in 5 consecutive bouts
  • Joshua has gone the distance in 4 of his previous 6 bouts

 

Heavyweight Main Event Predictions: The Crystal Ball

In this orthodox v Southpaw matchup, a quick rub of my crystal ball reveals that durability will be a huge factor in leading this bout to the judge’s scorecards. Joshua’s length and ring control will position him to land more strikes, as the Brit will have his hand raised via unanimous decision.

Potential Bets from a Joshua Win on Points:

 

 

Questions Of The Day

At 34 years old, is Joshua past his prime, or does he still have the physical and mental edge to dominate?


Age shouldn’t be a factor in this bout, as both Joshua and Wallin are of a similar age. Heavyweight boxers are renowned for maintaining their physical abilities in the latter stages of their careers, so I don’t believe this is an issue for the British boxing star.

Will Wallin’s experience fighting taller opponents be advantageous against the 6’6” Joshua?


Wallin has previously handled longer, rangier fighters, but the level of competition he’s faced in recent years hasn’t been noteworthy, and I don’t expect such experience to be a huge factor versus Joshua.

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