Betting on boxing is extremely popular, especially since the advent of pay per view with viewers keen to add a bit of extra excitement to the fight and also looking to make back what they’ve paid to view the fight.
Types Of Boxing Bet
A very simple bet which involves picking the winner of the fight. This is not always the most popular bet on a bout as you often get very short priced favourites with the draw always a big price.
Round betting requires the punter to pick the round in which the fight is won. This can be quite a difficult bet to call which is why you’ll be rewarded with decent odds. Usually the more competitive the fight, the bigger price the earlier rounds will be whilst the earlier rounds will be shorter prices if there is a very warm favourite who is expected to win easily.
Round Group Betting
Very similar to round betting except this is a bit easier as rounds are grouped together. The exact size of the groups will vary from bookie to bookie, you might find the first three rounds are grouped together or it might even be as many as six rounds. This bet is preferable to round betting if you have a strong feeling that the fight will end at a certain point but you aren’t exactly sure which round. Of course the odds are shorter than in round betting though so it is worth betting with a bookie that is offering smaller groups if you want bigger prices.
A similar bet to round group betting except you have to call whether the fight will finish before (under) or after (over) a certain round. You can choose which round you are betting on, if you choose an earlier or later round the odds on offer will have a greater difference between the outcomes as one bet will include far more rounds and one bet will include far fewer rounds. If you pick a round nearer the middle of the fight (should it go the distance) the odds on either side of the bet will be more even.
Method Of Victory
One of the most popular and often best value bets on a boxing match, method of victory requires the punter to predict not only the winner of the bout but also how they will win, whether it is through knockout, technical knockout (stoppage) or disqualification or alternatively whether the victory comes from decision (points) or technical decision. There is also the option to bet on a draw or a technical draw. This bet is popular because with two different outcomes on each boxer the odds can be much more favourable than betting simply on the winner, especially as some boxers are more likely to knock their opponents out and others are more likely to win on points.
Will The Fight Go The Distance?
A fairly simple bet simply betting on whether or not the fight ends early or not. The odds of the fight going the distance will be longer when there is a shorter priced favourite or a fight involving two big punchers whilst the odds on the fight going the distance will be shorter if it is a very evenly matches fight or if the short priced favourite tends to win more on points than by knockout.
Gone In 60 Seconds
A bet on the fight being won in the first minute of the first round. Even when fights are expected to be very one sided this can be a bit of a rarity so expect big odds for this bet, but it is always going to be more of a fun or speculative bet than one that would interest serious boxing punters.
Important Considerations For Boxing Betting
Take Note Of Weight Division Changes
Boxers move up and down weight divisions for many different reasons. If a boxer is moving up a weight for a particular fight they may not have the power associated with that weight division. These boxers can often provide good bets to win on points (if likely to win the fight) as they don’t have the power to knock out opponents at that weight.
Meanwhile boxers stepping down a weight division may be a good one to oppose. Losing enough weight to drop down a division often requires a completely different training schedule and can leave a boxer weaker than usual.
Style Is Important
Some boxers do better against certain styles and are poorer against other styles. Just because a boxer has looked impressive in his last few fights doesn’t mean that form will be transferred to his next fight if the opponent is a different style of boxer. When analysing a fight look how both boxers have performed against other boxers of similar styles to their upcoming opponent and use that has a major form guide.
Watch Out For Decline
All boxers eventually decline, some when they are still quite young, some when they are much older. Taking note of boxers in decline can be quite profitable, especially when they come back from a poor performance with a win. Not necessarily a good win but just a win. The common perception will be that the loss was just a blip but they might just have been found an ideal opponent to get back to winning ways against as no decent boxer wants to lose two fights in a row. After the come back win they will have to set their sets a big higher again and that can find out a boxer who is in decline.
Take No Notice Of Reputations
Over the years many boxers have been overly hyped and that can play a huge part in the odds that are set by the bookies. Unbeaten fighters have to be respected but they won’t have necessarily beaten anyone of note. Back boxers who are in form and have beaten better opponents than their upcoming opponent. Avoid big names that have benefited from questionable decisions and talk to the talk but don’t necessarily walk the walk.