Best Props and Specials for Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev – December 12, 2020

| December 8, 2020 11:22 am PDT

Anthony Joshua makes the first defenses of his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles since snatching them back off Andy Ruiz in December 2019.

The Brit takes on IBF mandatory, Kubrat Pulev, in London this Saturday, December 12.

Although this bout is not considered to be an elite fight, Joshua is one of the biggest names in the sport. And I’m sure he’ll have just as many haters as lovers tuning in to watch him do his thing against Pulev.

So, I’ve put together the best prop bets for Joshua vs. Pulev this Saturday.

Dig in!

Pulev to be Knocked Down in Rounds 1 to 6 (-250)

Kubrat Pulev turns 40 in May 2021.

He has enjoyed a decent career in boxing’s heavyweight division since turning pro in September 2009, racking up a record of 28-1 (14 KOs). His only loss to date was a 5th round KO at the hands of all-time great Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.

His record looks solid, sure. But under closer inspection, it’s difficult to find many world-class names. The only elite fighter he has faced was Klitschko.

If you’re wondering where I’m getting at with this, I’ll get straight to the point. Pulev is approaching the final stages of his career against a guy that carries more power than anyone he has faced, bar Klitschko.

Whatever happens in the fight, it’s nailed on that he will taste the canvas at least once in the first six rounds.

Fight Ends Under 7.5 Rounds (-143)

Will Joshua beat Pulev before the midway point of Round 7?

I think this fight is perfect for the Brit. It’s a mandatory defense, which must be honored, but how blessed is he to face a guy like Pulev in such a contest? He’s not the quickest, nor does he possess a lot of power. This makes for more opportunities for Joshua to maneuver inside Pulev’s jab and go to work.

Joshua has scored three 7th round stoppages from his last ten fights. He also has stoppages in the 2nd and 3rd rounds in that same timeframe.

I think this is a very good bet for anyone who isn’t completely dedicated to making big money from longshot bets on Joshua vs. Pulev.

Joshua to Win in Rounds 7 to 9 (+300)

If you’re looking to amp up the Joshua vs. Pulev odds, you’re going to need to get a little specific with your predictions for the fight. 

Round betting is always a good option when wagering on boxing matches, especially if you can find value in the odds. This is one of the first things I look at when betting on boxing.

So, why do I think Joshua wins in Rounds 7 to 9? Well, I touched upon that above. Despite being known as a fighter with a lot of power, Joshua isn’t a predator inside the ropes in the same vein as some of the pioneering KO artists of old. In other words, he tends to pick his moments to pounce rather than hunt the big shot.

I can see Pulev’s will and durability diminished by this point and the Brit going in for the kill.

Joshua to Win in Round 7 (+900)

Speaking of being specific, you can’t get any more unambiguous than betting on the round Joshua beats Pulev.

Well, you could. I guess you could pick the minute of the round or even the second. But where are you going to find those markets before a punch has been thrown?

The simple fact of the matter is this — if you are looking for big odds for Joshua vs. Pulev, the first place to check out is the round betting markets. That applies to betting on Pulev to beat Joshua, too, it’s just that, well, I’m backing Joshua in this one.

Joshua, to win in Round 7, appeals to me for several reasons. This includes the following.

  • 27% of Joshua’s finishes in 12 round fights have come in Round 7
  • 36% of Joshua’s 12 round fights have ended in Round 7
  • Joshua tends to pick up the pace after the midway point of the fight (Round 6)

Both Fighters to be Knocked Down and Pulev to Win (+3300)

Will Pulev beat Joshua? Is there a big surprise awaiting us on Saturday night in London?

I don’t think so, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. In fact, it’s always worth looking for a value bet with exciting odds, even to put some short change down on. If you remember Joshua being knocked out by Andy Ruiz in May 2019, I don’t really need to explain why.

If there is a chance of Joshua losing this fight, why not have a little bit of fun? I’ve gone for longshot odds for Joshua vs. Pulev here. This bet isn’t crazy enough to see me whisked away in a white van and just about plausible enough to try. The perfect combination!

So, here’s how it works. If both Joshua and Pulev are officially knocked down, and Pulev wins, you will be paid out at odds of +3300.

Tasty odds, right?

More Joshua vs. Pulev Bets

You now have five of the best prop bets for Joshua vs. Pulev to mull over ahead of the big fight this Saturday, December 12.

If four of the five bets above come to fruition, you will be reading my prop bets for Fury vs. Joshua at some point in 2021. How exciting does that sound? Well, I guess that depends on whether you’re on my page or not with those bets. Either way, I hope you can appreciate why I have chosen these wagers.

Still, even if you’re not feeling them, you might be inspired to head over to the best boxing sportsbooks and translate your predictions into winning bets. You will find plenty of Joshua vs. Pulev bets on our recommended sites.

Alternatively, you can find a few solid ones in my preview for the fight.

Good luck with your bets!

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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