How To Bet On Boxing

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How To Bet On Boxing

Boxing has been one of the most exhilarating sports to bet on since way back to its roots. There was nothing better than going to an event to watch two aggressive fighters try to knock each other out, and make a little money on the side.

Some of the bigger events throughout the year are the best betting opportunities. Although boxing does not have as many predictive stats, we can still get a good idea on how to bet on events by using the outline in this guide.

Five Most Popular Tips For Betting On Boxing

Boxing has once been crowned as the sport of kings. Since popularity has arisen in other sports, such as UFC, boxing has somewhat lost its touch to fans. But the sport is still very popular and provides wonderful opportunities for those of us who like to bet on boxing. Five quick tips to be aware of are:

  1. Find your sportsbook 
  2. Boxing moneylines 
  3. Key stats to watch 
  4. Other betting styles
  5. Finances in check

Find Your Sportsbook

If you have not already done so, then this is your first important step. Finding the right sportsbook for how to bet on boxing online is key to making any of your bets. When making your pick on a sportsbook, there are a few things to keep in mind. 

You want to make sure that you find one with the best payouts. You are putting your money at risk, so why not play where the payouts are at their best?

Second, you want to shop around and see how each one caters to their bettors. Some examples of questions you want to ask are: Does the sportsbook have better features than another? Do they have a mobile app? Do they allow live betting?

Boxing Moneylines

For example, let’s use these odds and read them:

  • Boxer A odds: -450 ($450 bet wins $100)
  • Boxer B odds: +350 ($100 bet wins $350)

As you can see, the minus is the favorite since you have to put more money upfront to get a smaller return. The plus sign indicates the underdog, which has the potential to pay out more with a smaller upfront bet.

Key Stats To Watch

There are three stats you need to pay attention to in order to get a good idea of how well a boxer will perform. A boxer’s record is not always guaranteed to how they will perform. The three stats to watch are:

  • Punches thrown and landed
  • Total jabs each round
  • Total power punches per round

Punches thrown and landed is a good measure of the consistency of a boxer and how well he strikes. Obviously, if one hits on the other more often, that should lead to victories. 

Total jabs each round is another one to watch since it tells us how quick a boxer is striking. It also tells us if a boxer is maybe moving too quick and spending too much energy in the early rounds or later rounds. 

If a boxer is landing more jabs each round, they typically have better odds at total power punches per round too. This sets up the aggressive boxer with better combinations and better position with balance to land more power punches.

Other Betting Styles

There are a few more ways to bet on boxing that are popular among bettors. Some like to bet on the over/under on rounds, or they place prop bets

The over/under bet is where you bet on whether or not the fight will last all the rounds or end under a certain one. For example, if a bet reads 9.5 for over/under, then you are betting that either the fight will go the distance (over) or it will end sooner than nine rounds (under). 

Finances In Check

As with the start of any gambling, you want to keep your finances in check. You never want to go into a betting event by putting all your cash flow at risk of betting too much. 

Setting aside a fixed amount to play with would be a smart bet. If you have to, set up a budget and stick to it to make sure you have enough money to cover your important bills first before you decide to gamble.

How To Bet On Boxing FAQ

How to bet on boxing for dummies?
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Boxing is not terribly complicated. You have two people fighting in a boxing ring trying to knock each other out with their fists.

The trick is to do your research to figure out which one is the more likely of the two to win the match. If you follow the steps in this guide, you will be well on your way to a good start.

Anything else I should keep in mind when betting on boxing?
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Something else I would recommend doing is to practice betting on an event before making any deposits. Pick a boxer you want to bet on and pretend you put money on them and see what happens.

Another thing to do would be to look up the relevant history of injuries of the boxers. One boxer might have had a shoulder or broken hand in the past that could affect their power punches or jabs.

Should I just bet on an undefeated boxer and be done with it?
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Yes and no. If you have done your research on the fight and this particular boxer looks to have the advantage, then yes, you should bet on them. I would not just look at the record and go from there. 

A record is a nice feature to look at when comparing resumes. One fighter may have fought weaker opponents compared to the other. 

An undefeated record says a lot about the boxer, but you need to look fully into their resume and see what types of wins they have versus the competition.

A boxer has withdrawn and been replaced to fight. What do I look for now when I go to bet?
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For this scenario, I would follow the steps to breaking down who the replacement is for the fight. I would also like to see how soon of a notice they get and when was the last time that boxer fought. 

Sometimes the replacement may not be in the best fighting shape due to recovery of a previous fight or because they did not plan on starting training yet. 

This does not mean this fighter will lose, but it is something to keep in mind, especially if the fighter is not prepared.

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