Essentially there are three very simple options you can bet on: Boxer A wins, Boxer B wins, or it will be a draw. Many people do choose just to stick to those three choices as it is easier, and you can still win some money despite various scenarios unfolding during the fight. If you want to be more specific with how you think victory will be achieved, then there are much better odds available. We have listed the different types of boxing bets below…
Method of Victory
This can be either a Knockout (a technical knockout or win by disqualification can be included here), a Points Victory, or a Draw. This is a little bit more specific than just picking a boxer to win and the odds are a bit better here too. Crucially it still keeps things a little open as the knockout could happen in any round and you would still win your bet. Therefore, a little bit more risk is involved with this bet, but the odds are a bit better.
If a particular boxer has a great knockout record and his opponent has been stopped a few times in the past, then that could well be worth putting a few quid down. Likewise, if both boxers have poor knockout records and the majority of their fights have gone the distance, then a Points Victory could be a ‘safe’ bet.
Most bookies offer odds of 33/1 for a draw – this seems to be the common figure, but do keep an eye out for the occasional better deal.
This is where you pick a boxer to win by knockout in a specific round. This is definitely the trickiest of the different types of boxing bets available, so be careful when making your choice here. You might be fairly confident a boxer will win by knockout, but in which round?
Even people who regularly bet on boxing can find this difficult. On a positive note, this is where you find the best odds. It is not uncommon to see 40/1 or 50/1 for a specific round here – sometimes more! Bookies will let you bet on either boxer with all rounds available to choose from. Good luck!
Sometimes known as Over or Under betting. It is a bit easier than Round Betting as you don’t need to name a set round, instead you can just bet on whether the fight will finish before or after a certain point. Bookies rarely give odds on all rounds in this section, you may only be given around six or so options.
A particular bet may be Under 8 rounds – which means that if a boxer is stopped prior to the eighth round starting, then you win your bet. Alternatively, you could go for Over 7 Rounds – whereby if a boxer is stopped from round 8 onwards (or it is decided by points), then you would be successful. Worth noting that both of these bets would be unsuccessful if a boxer retires on his stool between the seventh and eighth round!
Another thing to consider is that often you will be presented with ’round and a half’ bets. By that, we mean you could see Over 7.5 or Under 9.5. So Under 9.5 actually means before 1 minute and 30 seconds of the tenth round – as each round lasts three minutes then that is the half-way point. Some people get confused and think Under 9.5 refers to less than half distance of round nine, but this is not correct. It means half distance of the following round – in this case round 10.
Obviously the odds are less than Round Betting, but your chances of success have been improved.
Round Group Betting
This is a step up from Total Rounds in terms of the accuracy needed. Here, you can choose a group of rounds in which you think your boxer will KO his opponent. You might see the following: Boxer A rounds 1-6; Boxer A rounds 7-12; or perhaps Boxer B 4-6 rounds. This is a good option if you are pretty sure a knockout will happen, but only have a rough idea as to when. The odds are not as high as Round Betting, but then you don’t need to be so specific either. You will usually be given a combination of various groups of rounds for both boxers. Typically this is only available for the ‘bigger’ fights.
Will the Fight go the Distance betting
A simple yes or no question! If you think it will go the distance, then you think the bout will be decided on points and all rounds will be completed. However, if you don’t think it will go the distance, then you feel a knockout, retirement, technical knockout, or disqualification could be on the cards.
These are only available for big fights that have caught the general public’s attention. They could feature all manner of crazy situations arising, and can also be the most ‘fun’ of the different types of boxing bets. It could be: Boxer A gets knocked down and then wins on points, or Boxer B will lose on cuts, for example. One of the more interesting Boxing Specials in recent years was: Anthony Joshua to win by knockout (against Charles Martin) and Tyson Fury to enter the ring after the fight has ended! They are worth taking a look at as you get some great odds in there!
Now that you have taken a look at the different types of boxing bets, please take a look at our other betting guide: Which Boxer to Bet on