Boxing Betting Guide
Betting on boxing has become increasingly popular with sports punters in recent years and can add great excitement for spectators, at either the ringside or the majority watching on television. There a several different types of boxing betting available, which punters should fully understand before parting with their hard earned cash.
"Win / Draw / Win" Betting
In boxing, bookmakers present Win / Draw / Win odds for each match, in a similar fashion to Home / Draw / Away odds for 90 minutes play in football matches. Odds are offered for "Fighter 1 to win," "Fighter 2 to win," along with accompanying odds for a drawn contest. Punters should be aware that, as with football, each contest is effectively a "3-horse race," given the inclusion of odds for the draw. In the event of a drawn contest, bets on either fighter to win are deemed lost. For example, in early July, Manchester`s "Magic" Matthew Hatton (younger brother of Ricky) makes his first defence of his EBU Welterweight Title, which he gained when defeating Gianluca Branco in March. The 29-year-old will take on Ukrainian Yuriy Nuzhnenko at the Bolton Arena. The prices on offer are likely to be in the region of 4/7 Hatton, 11/8 Nuzhnenko, with the draw trading at around the 20/1 mark.
"Method of Victory" Betting
The Method of Victory market can provide more lucrative odds than Win / Draw / Win betting, but successful bets are far more difficult to achieve. In order to strike a winning bet, a punter must not only name the winning fighter, but also nominate the manner in which he will achieve victory. Possibilities include winning by way of knockout, technical knockout, the disqualification of an opponent or victory on points. Victories by way of knockout (ko), technical knockout (tko) and disqualification (dq) are generally "lumped together" under one set of odds. The prices on offer for the above-mentioned contest are likely to be in the region of 11/2 Hatton to win by ko, tko or dq, 10/11 Hatton to win on points, 13/2 Nuzhnenko to win by ko, tko or dq, 2/1 to win on points, with a drawn contest offered at around 20/1. Punters should note that odds for the draw are also offered in this market and a drawn fight will result in all "win" Method of Victory bets being deemed lost.
"Round by Round" Betting
The Round by Round market offers some huge prices and the prospect of fantastic returns from winning bets. However, a successful bet on this market usually requires exquisite judgement or a great deal of luck. The punter is required to nominate the winning boxer, along with the number of the round in which he will "stop" his opponent. By way of illustration, the "favourite" from the Hatton-Nuzhnenko EBU Welterweight Title Bout should be Hatton to win in rounds 8-11. However, the specific round must be nominated with the prices for each of these rounds likely to be around the 33/1 mark. Similarly, Nuzhnenko to win in Round 1 might well be 100/1 or more, with a win in round 7 more likely at 33/1. Given the unpredictable nature of this market, wagers should be treated as "fun" bets, with absolute minimum stakes advised. Punters should note that this market also includes prices for either fighter to win on points, along with odds for a drawn contest.
"Total Rounds" Betting
In the Total Rounds market, a punter must successfully forecast the number of rounds that will take place in a particular boxing match. The bet is usually presented in an under / over format. Again, using the Hatton-Nuzhnenko contest as an example, the prices on offer are likely to be in the region of 5/2 under 9.5 rounds and 1/4 over 9.5 rounds.
Along with horse racing betting tips, knowledge of boxing betting and the available markets adds a valuable string to the bow of any sports punter..