Betting on boxing is becoming increasingly popular, especially when it comes round to the big fights.
Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor set bookmaking history back in August 2017, while other high profile fights such as Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko often to lead to huge spikes in bets placed in the sport
Here is our extensive boxing betting guide to help you identify the best value bets available on one of the most popular sports.
General boxing rules
If you are in any doubt over some of the general betting rules with boxing, here’s the rules and regulations you need to know.
Bets will only be settled upon confirmation of the official result after the fight, but any enquiries made at a late date after the bout will not affect your settled bet.
In a case of a late substitute boxer coming in, the bet will be void and your stake returned to your account.
If there’s a no contest or technical draw, all bets will be void unless the result has already been determined as a loser.
Boxing betting explained
Boxing betting is slightly different to what you usually come to expect when betting on sport as in comparison to the likes of football and rugby union, they are generally only six markets available to bet on in a boxing event, no matter who is fighting.
We run through the most popular and common betting markets that are available in boxing.
In the Outright Winner market you are simply betting on three possible outcomes – Fighter A, Draw and Fighter B.
Generally, there is always a favourite in a boxing contest and if you are 100 per cent confident that fighter will come out on top, then you have to expect to place a large stake in order to win a bigger return.
However, if you bet on the underdog you will only have to place a smaller wager in order to make a profit.
Most boxing contests take place over 12 rounds and with this bet you are betting on how many rounds you believe the bout will last.
Bookmakers usually set a mark of 8.5 and you can wager on whether you believe the fight will last more or less than that.
If you believe one boxer has a particular power advantage then you are more likely to bet on under 8.5 rounds, while if you think a boxer can win and is durable then you place a bet on over 8.5 rounds.
With this bet you are backing a boxer to win by one of FOUR means – Decision, KO (Knockout), TKO (Technical Knockout) or DQ (Disqualified).
Both boxers are generally offered for all of these means, and depending on your boxing knowledge, this could be a profitable method of betting.
Winning Group of Rounds
This method is usually grouped into trios of rounds – 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 or 10-12 and again can be placed on either boxer.
If a boxer has a reputation as a fast starter then it may be worth a bet over the first three-six rounds, while if it’s a fighter who can strike late on in the contest then it may be worth going for 7-9 or 10-12.
This bet is more specific than the Winning Group of Rounds bet, but the potential rewards and odds you receive are better.
You can place a bet from any round between one and 12 if you have the knowledge or a hunch that one boxer will come out on top in a certain round.
Boxing betting tips
When it comes to any form of betting the more you know about that certain subject the better chance you have of being successful.
That is no different in any sport, but it is also wise to have a strategy in place when making a bet rather than just going on a hunch or an inkling.
A strategy can be more straightforward in boxing rather than football, mainly because in boxing you are reliant on just an individual rather than a team of players as you do in football or rugby union.
How to place a boxing bet on Grosvenor
Betting with Grosvenorsport.com couldn’t be easier!
If you already have an account you can simply log in and head to the boxing page and find all the latest contests.
New to Grosvenor? You can sign up in an instant and as a new customer you can take advantage of our Double The Odds offer on ANY sport.
How to calculate your bets return
Ever wanted to find out how your potential winnings are worked out? Look no further than our free online bet calculator tool.
If you were to place a £5 double on two boxing bouts and backed one boxer to win at 2/5 and one at 4/1 then the calculator tells you that your return will be £35.
Upcoming boxing fights 2019
There are plenty of big boxing fights coming up on the horizon, but the biggest of them all is the heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and an unnamed opponent at the minute.
AJ was due to fight Jerrell Miller in June in the US, but Miller failed a recent drugs test, and they are now on the hunt for a late replacement for the bout.
Some of the other big fights over the next few months include:
- Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs (WBA, WBC & IBF Middleweight Titles) – 4th May
- Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale (WBC Heavyweight Title) – 18th May
- Oleksandr Usyk vs Carlos Takam (Heavyweight) – 25th May
- Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz (Heavyweight) – 15th June
- Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas (Heavyweight) – 20th June
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