By William Hill
Last Updated: 17th March 2021
In preparation for the upcoming boxing, which involves action from our ambassador Anthony Joshua as he takes on Andy Ruiz Jr. in December, our boxing gurus have created the perfect boxing betting guide so you can place the best bets for all the big fights. But first…
How to bet on boxing:
Boxing betting rules:
Boxing is great to bet on, but you’re more than likely to punt on bad odds if you don’t have a breakdown of the rules of the famous sport. Here is a simplified list:
- The match consists of a determined number of three-minute rounds, ranging between nine and 12.
- The fight is controlled by a referee who works within the ring to judge and control the conduct of the fighters. He/she rules on their ability to fight safely, count knocked-down fighters, and rule on fouls.
- Up to three judges are present at ringside to score the match by awarding points to those taking part. This is based on sparring, hugging, punches and a whole load of subjective measures. The opponent given the most points wins the match.
- A fighter can win by either getting the most points, or by having knocked out his opponent. This involves the referee counting back from ten to one, and if the fighter’s opponent has not got back up, he is ruled out of the game, unconscious or not.
- The boxers must follow all rules in the game otherwise they risk being punished.
Different types of boxing bets:
There are several different kinds of betting in boxing, and we’ve broken down the lingo for you in our boxing betting guide, in order for you to place the perfect bet.
Otherwise known as an outright winner bet, bout betting allows you to wager on either participant to win outright but also provides a draw option – for example, Joshua to beat Ruiz Jr. in their fight in Saudi Arabia on December 7.
This type of bet is slightly more complicated; it offers the chance to pick not only who will win, but also which round they will triumph in. If the outright odds are low, this is the perfect secondary market to opt for as it provides added heat to the match predictions – for example, Joshua to beat Ruiz Jr. in the sixth round.
Round group betting:
Similar to round betting, this offers a little more leeway when it comes to picking which round the winner will be decided in, and is often preferred by betting tipsters as choosing the exact round is often very tricky – for example, Joshua to beat Ruiz Jr. in rounds five to six.
Method of victory:
This allows punters to choose exactly how they think the match outcome will be decided, whether that be straight knockouts, technical knockouts or disqualification – for example, Joshua to beat Ruiz Jr. by a decision or technical decision.
Fight to go the distance:
Pretty self-explanatory – this requires a simple yes or no bet on whether the fight will last the full 12 rounds – for example, Joshua’s fight with Ruiz Jr. to last 12 rounds. Given that this is a risky wager to bet on, we’d do our research on the participants’ recent form before placing any bets.
This wager allows you to pick whether the fight will last more or less than a specific number of rounds – for example, if you bet on Joshua to beat Ruiz Jr. in +7.5 total rounds, you will win if the fight lasts for at least eight rounds.
The Money Line
The Money Line bet requires you to select a winner or the draw, much like in bout betting, but what you win depends on the betting lines, which is a way to determine who’s likely to win a fight and how convincingly. The Money Line odds would look something like the below:
Anthony Joshua -400
Andy Ruiz Jr. +300
Joshua is the favourite, meaning a £400 bet on Joshua would earn you £100 in winnings if he is victorious. As Ruiz Jr. is the underdog, a £100 bet on Ruiz Jr. would therefore yield £300 if he wins. If the bout ends in a draw, a £100 wager placed on that result wins £1200. In some Money Line bets, however, if the fight ends in a draw, the wager on either fighter can be returned.
Fight outcome bets in boxing
This market requires you to select a winner or the draw plus the method you think they will win by – and again, what you win depends on the betting lines. For example, the odds could look something like the below:
Anthony Joshua by KO, TKO or Disqualification +150
Anthony Joshua by Decision or Technical Decision +200
Andy Ruiz Jr. by KO, TKO or Disqualification +300
Andy Ruiz Jr. by Decision or Technical Decision +450
Draw or Technical Draw +3300
Again, Joshua is the favourite, meaning a £100 bet on Joshua would earn you £150 in winnings if he is victorious through KO, TKO or Disqualification, and so on for the remaining odds.
Boxing betting strategies:
With so many different bets on offer, it can be easy to get caught under the sheer amount of choice and buckle under the pressure.
Here’s where our boxing betting strategies come into play:
- Don’t bet on every fight on the card: If you’re serious about boxing betting, then a key bit of advice is not to bet on every single fight. Keep to the odds and predictions that you are clear will reap the most amount of money.
- Look for the most valuable bets: Whilst it may be tempting to tip your favourite boxer every time fight week spins into view, what can sometimes be better value for money is looking for the bets that nobody else will be punting on.
- Follow all the news: In order to place the perfect bets, there is only one way to ensure you have the best understanding of odds coming into the fight and that is through research. Follow all the news, go online onto mainstream boxing sites, and keep up to date with everything posted by your favourite tipsters to get ahead of the game.
- Check the stats: Comparing key pieces of information prior to the fight, such as previous punishment received or sparring abilities, will add an extra dimension to your understanding of who will win – giving you the knowledge to punt on the right boxer.
- Coaching is key: More often than not, the coach is just as important of a contributor to the odds as the actual boxer. There have been many famous coaches down the years who have an impeccable track record in developing top class fighters, so it’s always worth checking out before placing a bet (after reading our boxing betting guide, of course).