How to Bet on Boxing - Terms, Tips, and Strategies to Know

Do you love boxing? It’s exciting to watch people fight. But it’s even more amazing backing your fighter with a bet. If that sounds like something you would like to experience, then learn how to place bets on boxing by acquainting yourself with boxing terms and how it works.

Boxing Odds

Bookmakers like ComeOn will set the odds ahead of the match and change them with the perspective of which event is likely to happen.

In boxing, a favored event is valued at a negative, while the event is unlikely to happen is assigned a positive odd. For instance;

  • Event X happening: -300
  • Event X not happening: +330

These odds mean you wager $300 for a chance to win $100, while the negative stand for the reverse where you back the bet with $100 for you to win $330. However, you can spend less amount, but the bookie base the reward system on that proportion. For example, you can stake $30 to win $10 on the favorite or $10 for $330 on the unfavored event.

Types of Boxing Markets

1. Moneyline

A Moneyline is a direct bet on a particular boxer. Let’s look at the second fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather: -220

Pacquiao: +180

Mayweather won that fight, which meant his backers won $100 for every $222 they staked.

1. Over/Under

If you foresee a tight fight, don’t go the Moneyline way. You can choose to predict the number of rounds using the Over/Under.

Over 7.5 Rounds: +130

Under 7.5 Rounds: -160

There’s a half a round. So, over/under 7.5 rounds means at least eight rounds for OVER and less than eight rounds for UNDER.

3. Other Betting Markets

Each bout presents a unique opportunity as the two boxers enthrallingly contest. Other than the two very straightforward bets, there are also more sophisticated options. They include

• Method of Victory (KO, TKO, DQ vs. Decision)

• Time of Victory (Round 1, Round 2, etc.)

• Will the Fight Go the Distance (Yes/No)?

Tips and Strategies

It is often advisable to get the boxing stats of each player to help you decide on who or what market to back. You need to study each boxer’s speed, strength, defense, technique reflexes, and endurance by studying their previous five or more fights. There are so many websites and software that help you with this analysis

Here are what you should pay attention to in a fight analysis:

• Thrown/landed Punches

• Jabs per round

• Power punches per round

• Games won.

• KO won.

• KO suffered, etc.

The Boxing Scoring System

Most professional boxing matches are 12 rounds, officiated by a referee, and judged by three officials. These judges use a 10-must-system to judge the fighters each round.

In most cases, a round ends with a score end 10-9 for the dominant player. There can be a daws in around with each player scoring 10. Falling down and committing fowls reduces the points.

Apart from the knockout or a disqualification, there are four possible outcomes:

• Unanimous decision – all the three judges score the fight for one boxer.

• Majority decision – two judges, favor a boxer, while another favors a draw

• Split decision - two of the judges vote one fighter, and the third judge awards the win to the other one.

• Draw - at least two judges declare the fight as tied, or one judge declares a tire, and each of the remaining judges has a different winner.


Boxing can be fun to bet on, but there are not many stats because boxers take time to fight. Nevertheless, you still to do your level best to analyze the game and be on the safe side.

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