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Joshua vs Fury: Hearn and Saunders have £50,000 bet

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WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, confident Tyson Fury is the world's best heavyweight, is putting his money where his mouth is.

Saunders and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, have a friendly wager on Fury vs Anthony Joshua should it happen. Hearn, of course, promotes Joshua as well.

"Obviously the big heavyweight fight that could happen later this year when I take 50 grand of you, when Anthony Joshua beats Tyson Fury," Hearn told Saunders.

50K in Brtish pounds is about $62,300 USD.

"We still on for that bet, right?" uttered Hearn.

Saunders, whose May 2 fight with superstar Canelo Alvarez was postponed, replied: "Yeah, I don't know if you'd want to up it a bit now? No one's touching Tyson at any weight at the minute."

So, what are the Joshua vs Fury odds?

As of February 23, Bovada has Fury a slight favorite at -165 while Joshua, for the first time in his career, is the underdog at +135.

Oddsmakers believe Tyson, with his height and reach advantage along with his boxing ability and herky jerky movement, can stay away from AJ's bombs and ultimately outbox Joshua or use his finesse and bullying tactics to orchestrate a late stoppage.

AJ's loss to Ruiz showed the former is not as monstrous in a slugging affair as previously thought. Yes, he's dangerous but we saw brawling vulnerabilities in his first with Ruiz. Consensus says if Joshua can't stand toe-to-toe with Ruiz he won't be able to with Fury.

The safe bet is Fury via a unanimous decision. Expect Tyson to have more respect for AJ's overall skills and try to play it safe en route to making Joshua vs Fury a tactical affair.

But, what about Fury vs Wilder 3?

Before Joshua vs Fury can happen, Tyson must be successful once more against Wilder who invoked a rematch clause following his loss to Fury in February. That bout, their third, is tentatively scheduled for October 3. The winner will likely face the winner Joshua vs Pulev.

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