Boxing Betting

Few sports can claim to have a betting history as long as boxing. Long before a football pitch was drawn out, a batsman padded up or even a jockey donned some silks, people were wagering which pugilist would come out on top in the squared circle. Bookmakers attract a significant proportion of their sports betting audience from boxing betting.

Things may have changed within the sport; gloves are worn, gum shields are shoved in fighters’ mouth, millions of pounds are now handed out per fight; but betting on the sport remains.

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Boxing is not quite a mainstream sport in that, there are very few fighters who are household names these days. But nevertheless, there are big bouts to enjoy every weekend, and even mid-week sometimes, which allows betting on the sport to be frequent and always exciting.

Whether you are betting on an Anthony Joshua world title fight, with 10s of millions of pounds on the line, or an English title defence in Doncaster, a wager on a bout will always make it more exciting.

We are passionate about the sport here at MonsterBet and we can guide you through some hints and tips to make the most out of betting on the noble sport of boxing.

Boxing Betting Markets

Boxing is nearly always a win or lose sport. Every so often you will get a draw, but in the big fights which will last 10 or 12 rounds, this is extremely rare and that is reflected by draws regularly being available at 25/1 or higher.

This leaves the winner of the fight being the principle betting market. But it also means that the favourite for victory will nearly always be odds-on. This makes picking an underdog a very profitable business, but it also means that in the majority of fights a large investment is needed to see a return when picking a victor.

Often a more profitable way of betting on boxing is to choose the method of victory. In short, this is either by Knockout, or by way of a Decision. This means, does the fight end inside the scheduled distance or has it gone to the judges’ cards.

On a regular basis, one fighter will be clearly odds-on to win the fight, but odds-against to win it by either KO or a decision. This means that you can still back the better fighter, but by picking how he will triumph, you will see a much better return.

For the ambitious punter, you can even bet on exactly when a fight will come to an end. If there is a clear favourite to win, and even the fact he will KO his opponent is odds-on, you can gamble on which round he will despatch his foe in. Odds on this type of market are especially long as it is very difficult to predict. However, you can often group rounds together, betting on a KO in round 1-6 or 7-12 for example, which can prove an excellent way to back a favourite.

Which Boxers should I bet on?

British boxing has been in the ascendency in the past few years, pretty much coinciding with the meteoric rise of Anthony Joshua. AJ as he is commonly known has enjoyed a stellar career to-date, becoming a World champion in just his 16th professional fight. Since then he has maintained his 100% knockout record, which has included a thrilling victory over the legendary Wladimir Klitschko. He's the favourite pretty much every time he steps in to the ring and is certainly worth investing your free bets in. Odds on Joshua to win are often very short so backing him just to win fights very rarely yields much profit. Other British stars worth backing include Chris Eubank Jr and Carl Frampton.

Two of the biggest names in the sport at present are Gennandy Golovkin and Saul Alvarez. The pair both fight at middleweight and met in September 2017 in one of the most anticipated fights in years. That one actually ended in a draw which would've pleased the bookies, who are struggling to separate the two men ahead of the fight. That outcome however ensures that the two are bound to go at it again in what will surely be another incredible occasion. 

Stateside the men to keep an eye out for include Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr. and Deontay Wilder.

Using Your Boxing Free Bets

There are plenty of excellent opportunities to cash in a free bet on a boxing bout over the year. Whether this is the glitzy world title fight, or a three-round dust-up at York Hall. Simply pick the bookmaker you wish to put on a bet with, click the link to their site on the left of this page and sign up.

Once registered, placing a bet is straight forward, and you will be claiming your free bet in no time at all. If you are unsure as to which bookmaker to go with, keep an eye on our Boxing Betting Previews page which has plenty of recommendations about upcoming fight.