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SPOTY rivals hope to lay a glove on Joshua

SPOTY rivals hope to lay a glove on Joshua

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Anthony Joshua looks to have one hand and four fingers on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 but could any of his rivals deliver a late knockout blow to the heavyweight champion of the world?

The Olympic gold medallist is the strong 4/27 favourite to receive the most votes on Sunday night in Liverpool having recorded the biggest win of his career in April.

Joshua was involved in one of the most memorable bouts in living memory when he knocked out heavyweight great Wladimir Klitschko in front of a sell-out crowd at Wembley.

The 28-year-old showed great determination to get off the canvas and stop the Ukrainian as he captured the IBO and WBA Super heavyweight belts.

His only other fight the year against Carlos Takam was a less impressive outing for Joshua but he still got the win to move to 20-0 and he is now arguably the biggest name in British sport.

Joshua would become the first boxer since Joe Calzaghe in 2007 to capture the SPOTY prize and that certainly appears the most likely outcome this weekend.

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is next best in the betting at 7/1 and that appears a big price given the following he has.

The 2014 SPOTY winner is now the most successful British F1 driver of all time after capturing his fourth world title following a thrilling tussle with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

The Mercedes driver is also joint third on the all-time world title standings, behind only the greats of Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio, while he holds the outright record for pole positions.

Despite a record-breaking year for Hamilton, he will have to go some to cross the line first in this race but is at least likely to finish best of the rest.

Chris Froome is currently third in the betting at 12/1 but the recent revelations regarding the four-time Tour de France winner have dealt a fatal blow to his chances.

Sir Mo Farah might have a similar problem but deserves more recognition for what he has achieved on the track, winning a third successive 10,000m gold medal at this year’s World Championships in London.

The four-time Olympic champion has been nominated five times in the past but has never cracked the top two. He is a 33/1 shot to finally land the SPOTY honour.

Tottenham hot shot Harry Kane and three-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea are both 50/1 chances, with Rea seemingly pushing for a top-three finish given the support he is receiving from the motorsport community.

Meanwhile, Paralympic star Jonnie Peacock might out-perform his odds of 80/1 in the public vote following his appearance on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ this year.

Elise Christie (300/1), Adam Peaty (100/1), Anya Shrubsole (125/1), Johanna Konta (250/1) and Biance Walkdem (300/1) all appear to set to fight it out for the minor placings.

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Gareth Freeman Gareth is our daily tipster, who has years of successful sports betting behind him and is always on hand to offer a value bet. As well as a passion for Football (UK and European), he also has in-depth Tennis, Boxing, Snooker and Basketball knowledge.