Oleksandr Usyk is getting ready for a type of homecoming clash against a former rising star who still carries a slight threat while he awaits his next heavyweight title fight, which promises to earn him millions upon millions of dollars. Despite a slight drop in popularity, Daniel Dubois has a fantastic chance on Saturday to resurrect his career and possibly claim Usyk’s three heavyweight titles. We dig into the specifics of the Oleksandr Usyk vs. Daniel Dubois fight below, including the odds, each fighter’s resume and our assessment of who will win.
Oleksandr Usyk, who is presently ranked No. 4 pound-for-pound, has been involved in a conflict with Tyson Fury. Both teams tried to stage a bout in April of last year that would have established an undisputed heavyweight champion. Usyk, who now possesses three of the four belts, has demonstrated a tremendous dedication to seeing the Fury fight through.
Fury, the lineal champion who is in possession of the final belt, has so far avoided the confrontation. This looks to be deliberate, either because Fury fears competing against a top-tier boxer like Usyk or because he believes a matchup with MMA champion Francis Ngannou, who is widely believed to have little chance of winning in a boxing contest, would offer more lucrative prospects.
According to ESPN, Daniel Dubois boasted, “I’m going to shock the world and show everybody how good Daniel Dubois truly is. “I just need to unleash hell on him,” said Usyk, who had been a fantastic champion.
Contrarily, Oleksandr Usyk seemed unconcerned about Dubois’ assertions. He said, “My preparation was excellent. “We worked a lot with swimming. The game was football. In a dance.
Odds of Oleksandr Usyk defeating Daniel Dubois:
Usyk is the clear favorite in the betting odds, resting at -1000 (meaning you would need to gamble $1,000 to win $100), while Dubois is the underdog at +600 (mean wagering $100 would yield $600). It may not be very appealing to wager on either of these money lines, but there may be value in betting on Usyk to win by decision at +240. Despite Dubois’ prior setbacks, Usyk can decide to outbox him easily and claim a decisive decision victory.
You might think about betting on Usyk to win by decision at +240, Jared Anderson to stop Andriy Rudenko at -700 and Efe Ajagba to defeat Zhan Kossobutskiy at +160 if you’re looking for a riskier parlay for the weekend’s boxing action (purely for entertainment purposes). If every wager wins, you’ll receive $910 for a $100 investment.
Daniel Dubois vs. Oleksandr Usyk Records:
Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), who recently won consecutive fights against former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, seems to have an easier time of it versus Dubois on paper. Although his biggest victories at cruiserweight, where he stopped Tony Bellew and defeated Murat Gassiev to become the undisputed champion, were there, his reign at heavyweight has not included any knockdowns or stoppages.
Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs) was the favorite and was headed for heavyweight greatness when he met Joe Joyce in 2020. But Joyce outclassed Dubois and ever then, Dubois has tended to take a backseat in terms of attention in the division. Even though he has won four straight matches, including a knockout victory against Trevor Bryan, he still has a lot to prove.
Daniel Dubois versus Oleksandr Usyk:
It is clear at this point that Oleksandr Usyk and Dubois have very different skill sets from one another. It’s simple to imagine Usyk playing pranks on Dubois for the majority of the battle. Dubois’ strength poses a threat, particularly if he connects with clean shots to Usyk’s chin, but Usyk should be able to avoid the majority of the danger thanks to his talent. Usyk will win by unanimous decision in this fight, probably with scorecards in the 118-110 range.