For bettors, boxing is an attractive sport. The fact is the choices are fairly simple. It’s a pure one-on-one match-up, which means if you do your homework you have a decent chance of winning your bet. There’s no point spread. Most often you’re given two choices—the moneyline bet and the over/under wager.
With a boxing moneyline bet you’ll be given a favorite and an underdog. Such a line would look like this:
Antonio Tarver -1200
Elvir Muriqi + 700
With this moneyline, Antonio Tarver is the favorite at -1200. With any moneyline wager, the person or team listed with a minus is the odds-on favorite to win. In the example above to win $100, you would have to risk $1,200.
Elvir Muriqi is expected to lose the fight. Putting $100 on Muriqi will yield a $700 profit if he wins.
With some fights, you’ll be able to place a bet on the fight being a draw. Of course, draws are fairly rare in boxing and in the above fight Muriqi is outmatched to such a large degree by Tarver that it would be almost impossible for this fight finish as a draw. However, if you put $100 on draw and the match ends in a draw, you’ll get $1,700 plus your original wager back. A draw only occurs when those scoring the fight declare a draw. Disqualifications do not represent a draw in boxing betting.
When wagering on boxing, the moneyline you bet on is the one by which you will receive your payoff. Thus, if you bet on Muriqi at +700 and the line goes to +650 the next day, your payoff would still be based on +700 and not +650.
You’ll may also be given the opportunity to place an over/under bet on the number of rounds the fight will go. The over/under would look like this:
Total Rounds o 9.5 +160
Total Rounds u 9.5 -135
With the above example if you wagered $100 on the fight going over 9.5 rounds, you would earn a profit of $160 if the match progressed past the 1 and ½ minute point of the tenth round. (Each round in a professional fight is three minutes long.) In order to win $100 on the fight going less than the mid-point of round 10, you would have to wager $135.
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