How Does Betting on Boxing Matches Work?

If you have a love for the sweet science, watching the pugilists punch and parry each other’s blows in the ring is an incredible spectacle. And while the sport may be all about the fighting, there is considerable strategy that goes into each bout. So much so that outside of the boxing ring, fans and analysts can study the tape and assess how a fight played out, what went well, and what could have been improved upon. Thanks to new technology that allows us to keep tabs on all the important fight information as it happens (including live betting!), we take a look at how boxing works, and how you can get involved.

The Evolution of Boxing

Perhaps the most recognizable face in sports today is that of boxer Muhammad Ali. The former Heavyweight Champion and three-time World Champion’s legacy lives on, not only through his boxing career, but also through his social and political activism. Before him, Jack Johnson was arguably the greatest heavyweight of all time. Often referred to as the “Brown Bear of Alabama,” the former World Heavyweight Champion battled Jim Jeffries to a draw in 1910. Other great heavyweight champions to grace the sporting landscape include Tommy Burns, Georges St-Pierre, and Henry Armstrong. All four men are recognized as some of the greatest heavyweights of all time.

The sport of boxing didn’t begin with Ali, Johnson, or Armstrong. The tradition of boxing dates back to Ancient Greece, where athletes trained and fought in the nude. This tradition continued through the Roman Empire and into early modern England, where bare-knuckle boxing (also known as “fisticuffs”) first emerged. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the sport started to receive professional sanctioning, and even then, it wasn’t until the 19th century that it became popular enough to acquire its own dedicated venue, the boxing ring.

The Anatomy of a Boxing Match

As with any other sport, at some point in your life, you will probably get involved in a boxing match. The main difference is that while other sports primarily give fans a chance to watch the action from the stands and on television, boxing provides the opportunity to get in-depth study and analysis while the action unfolds. This may sound like something out of a Hollywood movie, but it’s real life and you can enjoy high-quality coverage of the sport from both traditional and newly emerging media channels.

There is plenty of strategic planning that goes into each bout of boxing, and just like any other sport, this involves team-building and scouting out the opposition (as well as considering all the angles and possible counter-strategies). There is also plenty of video and statistical analysis that goes into assessing a fight, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and identifying trends and patterns. This can all be done in advance of the bout and compiled into an information-rich dossier, which will undoubtedly prove useful to both fighters in the ring.

As with any other sport, injuries in boxing are common and the damage can be serious. These injuries include everything from cuts on the knuckles to broken bones. The worst case of ring injuries were suffered by Barney Ross, who fought as a professional in California in the 1930s. During one fight, Ross was knocked down three times by one of his opponents, and had to have 22 stitches in his mouth. The violence of the sport definitely had an impact, with studies indicating that 20% of all boxers have suffered from some form of chronic injury. Injuries are preventable though, and while it may not be easy, keeping your body strong and conditioned is key to avoiding damage in the ring.

How to Bet on a Boxing Match

If you are the kind of person who enjoys betting, you can put your money where your mouth is and jump in on some of the action, either in the commentary booth or at the bookmakers. In this case, you will need to study the formulae and patterns of the sport, which will make watching more interesting. If you decide to engage with the bookmakers, make sure to do your research first and find the best odds available for the fight, or event, you are interested in. Otherwise, you may find that you are getting taken advantage of (especially if you are new to the game).

As with any other sport, the most enjoyable aspect of betting on boxing is just being able to sit back and let the tension build between the boxers as they come out to warm-up, and then let the excitement kick in as the fight begins. Unfortunately, this often involves placing your wager (also known as a “side bet” or “hook”) well in advance, so you don’t get the emotional rush of seeing which boxer “wins” the fight. On the other hand, if you are a seasoned hand at placing bets, you can coordinate with betting agencies in advance to get the best possible odds for the fight you are interested in. Alternatively, if you feel more of an adrenaline junkie and want to be in the thick of the action, you can always find yourself a spot in the stands to provide some supporting commentary for the viewers at home.

Unlike other sports, where the action generally stops when the clock hits zero, in boxing, the fights can go on for as long as 15 minutes, with the occasional title fight lasting up to 20. This is mainly due to the sport’s rules regarding clinch fighting. When two boxers trade punches, these punches must be counted as “exchanges” regardless of whether or not they land. This means that a fight that is stopped early due to a lack of action, will be restarted at the discretion of the referee (with the clock often being reset at the midway point). As a result, it is essential that both contestants are willing to engage in protracted fist fights, which clearly shows the intensity of the competition.

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The Future of Boxing

With the right media support and continued interest in the sport, boxing is set to continue its resurgence in popularity. Thanks to things like AI (Artificial Intelligence), which helps train the next generation of boxers, and an increasing number of people trying the sport out for the first time, more and more people are interested in learning the ins and outs of boxing, and getting in some matches if they feel like it. Thanks to our interactive graphic that allows you to build your own boxer, anyone can get involved and start learning the ropes, literally.

Not only is AI improving the lives of people with cerebral palsy through artificial engagement (also known as “AIboxing”), but it is also helping to reduce children’s depression through recreational boxing. With interest in the sport rising by 50% in the last year, and the right support behind the scenes, boxing looks set to continue its resurgence in popularity.