How to bet on boxingOn April 28, 2021 by Emile White
Boxing has always been a sport where bets have been placed, and it has also had some very embarrassing episodes of match-fixing. Nowadays it seems that things are better under control, and with the proliferation of online bookmakers there are many competitions where you can bet comfortably from home without having to travel to the pavilion where the fights take place.
On bookmakers such as Bwin you can bet on WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF and EBU fights, but other bookmakers such as Bet365 include in their “boxing” category other types of fights such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and it is not uncommon to find coverage of mixed martial arts and similar events at different bookmakers.
First of all, the first step to being able to bet on boxing is, of course, choosing a good bookmaker and registering if you haven’t done so before. On big events they can even offer improved odds for this sport.
Some bookmakers, when selecting “boxing” from their sports offering, simply break down the schedule of available fights and offer a series of available markets or bets, while other websites such as William Hill, with good coverage of this sport, offer a betting scheme divided by weight (Welterweight, Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight, Lightweight, Featherweight…), and then in turn by the type of bet that is frequently placed (winner by rounds, number of rounds, etc.).
Types of boxing bets
In general, the simplest and best known bet is the “Winner of the fight”, but it should be clear that a fight can be won by KO or knockout, by disqualification (DQ) or by judges’ decision. In turn, a knockout can be a technical knockout (TKO) when the referee so decides. In this market we will find one boxer winning and the other winning, and often the favourite will be substantially lower. The draw would only be contemplated at point
Other types of boxing prop bets can also be made, such as predicting the number of rounds that will take place (the average per fight is usually between 3 and 9 rounds).
At the same time, and as we have already mentioned, it is possible to place bets on the results of specific rounds, or combine different fights at the same time, and even place long-term bets, more focused on competition calendars.
As can be seen, despite the fact that some fights are very technical and victory is determined by judges’ ratings, the betting options are quite simple and intuitive and can be summarised in: result of the fight, number of rounds and result in each round.
Of course, we cannot forget the possibility that the main operators give us to bet live, while the fight is taking place. Here the odds can be more explosive, and in turn we can better determine the real status of the two contenders, but these are also very risky bets that can lead to impulsive predictions.