In what has become the second strangest fight invitation between celebrities this week, reality star Joey Essex has requested that pop star Justin Bieber faces off against him in a mixed martial arts battle for the ages. Sky Bet were quick to offer odds on the likely winner, and the outcome was revealing regarding a fight between two supposedly similar opponents.
A major talking point from the week came about on Monday when Justin Bieber called out Tom Cruise on twitter for a UFC fight. Bieber did this publicly through social media, labelling Tom Cruise as being scared if he refuses to fight the singer, even though the proposal was clearly bizarre to say the least.
The Canadian superstar was eventually quoted as putting the invitation down to being nothing more than a joke, where he's been criticised for backtracking after making such a bold statement, but The Only Way Is Essex's Joey Essex has refused to let him off lightly.
Justin Bieber expected to defeat Joey Essex with ease
Assuming that the fight between Justin Bieber and Joey Essex goes ahead as planned - which it surely won't - Justin Bieber is seen as the clear favourite to win. It was a different situation in Paddy Power's odds between Bieber and Tom Cruise, pricing the movie star at 8/11 to beat the singer, but Joey Essex is seen as an underdog in this alternative encounter.
Choosing to get behind Joey Essex comes with a lot of nerve, as the reality star isn't known for his ruthlessness and aggression. He's priced at 5/4 to win the potential fight against Justin Bieber, and if anyone who placed a bet on the recent race between a man and a Manchester tram gets involved with this market, they could be tempted into backing Essex, as the tram started at the same price, only to eventually drop down to 1/2.
No response ever came back from Tom Cruise regarding Justin Bieber's invitation to meet within the octagon, and it's been the same situation between Bieber and Joey Essex. Even though Bieber v Cruise was extremely unlikely to become a reality, any chance of Bieber v Essex is almost certain to never happen, even if it would pick up a lot of viewers from both sides of the Atlantic.
Justin Bieber v Joey Essex Odds
Justin Bieber - 4/7
Joey Essex - 5/4
(Priced under potential fights before the end of 2019)