How to Read Betting Odds for Boxing

When it comes to betting odds, it’s important to keep in mind that they can vary widely from book to book and even between editions of the same book. This may cause confusion when trying to follow the action of a sporting event. To help you make the right decision, we’ve gone through the basics of reading betting odds for boxing. Here’s what you need to know.

The First Thing You Should Check Is The Bookmaker’s Website

Betting odds are typically given by bookmakers online. When you visit a bookmaker’s website, you should first take a look at the terms and conditions on which they offer odds. Some bookmakers only offer public odds that others may also offer certain types of private odds. Checking out the terms and conditions is important because it will provide you with a clear idea of what you’re entering into. Additionally, you should look for bonus offers linked to certain events or leagues if you’re a new customer. Also, check out the betting lines for the fight as given by other bookmakers to get an idea of how competitive the betting is on that fight. Last but not least, make sure that you’re looking at the correct odds as they may vary from one market to another.

The Second Thing You Should Check Is The Event’s Starting Time

The second thing you should check is the event’s starting time. Most likely, the fight will start at a certain time and some events may last for more than one round. Be sure to check whether or not your local race track will be the one deciding the winner. This is especially important if you’re planning on betting on the fight. You don’t want to place your bet before the fight even starts!

As for when to start betting, this really depends on you. You may wish to place your bet at the beginning of the round or wait till the action gets going. This way, you’ll be sure to get your money back if the fight goes the distance. Plus, there will be more opportunities to win back your initial investment.

How Is The Fight Scheduled To Start?

The third thing you should check is how is the fight scheduled to start? Like with most sports, boxing is largely dictated by the rules and regulations set forth by the athletic commission of whichever state the fight is taking place in. In most cases, the way the fight is going to start is not up to the discretion of the bookmaker but it’s something you should know about before placing your bets.

In the early rounds, fighters are usually given time to settle down and compose themselves before starting to really throw punches. This tends to make for pretty dull fights but sometimes, these dull stretches can turn into high-quality action. When you start to get a sense of how the match is going, you may wish to consider placing a small bet. The action can get pretty intense in the later rounds, so you may not want to risk it all on one side or the other.

How Is The Fight Going To End?

The fourth thing you should check is how is the fight going to end? Once again, this largely depends on the rules and regulations of the athletic commission of whichever state the fight is taking place in. Keep in mind that some fights may end in a draw and in these cases, the winner is decided by the number of punches thrown by both fighters over the length of the match. Bookmakers may also use different ending conditions for different events so it’s best to check the specifics of the fight you’re following.

What Is The Over Under Or Under/Over Or Even/As Is The Spread?

Many books will provide you with both the over and under lines as well as the spread between the two. It’s important to understand what these numbers mean. The over under line represents the total amount of points that a fighter must score to win the fight. So, if the over line is 4 and the under line is 2, then the winner will be decided by the score of 6. The spread is often used in conjunction with the over under line to give you an idea of the degree of difficulty that a given bout represents. For instance, the spread between Mayweather and McGregor may be 7 but if you look at the lines separately, the under line for Mayweather is only 2.5 while the over line for McGregor is 6.5. This makes for a relatively easy victory for McGregor.

Round By Round Analysis

One of the things you may wish to do after checking out the above information is to perform a round-by-round analysis of the fight. This is something that may not be available for every fight but if it is, it can be a really helpful guide to follow. Sometimes, it can be difficult to keep track of all the action in a heavy combat sport such as boxing. Having a round-by-round analysis as a guide can help you keep track of everything that’s going on. You can also use this guide to identify rounds in which one fighter clearly had the advantage over the other. If you look at the above information and feel that Mayweather had the clear advantage throughout the duration of the fight, then you may wish to consider betting on him in the later rounds. As for McGregor, the early rounds may have favoured him but he clearly lost his advantage in the later rounds. He was never able to get back in the game and as a result, you may wish to steer clear of this one.

Is There Any Technical Terms That The Bookmakers Use?

While most books will use the above information to explain the fundamentals of betting on boxing, it’s important to remember that there are certain terms that the bookmakers may use to describe the fight that can be slightly difficult to understand. For example, there’s the term aggressive which may be used to indicate that one fighter is trying to fight on the inside while the other is on the outside. Or, there’s the term feint which can be used to describe when one fighter tries to trick the referee into thinking that they’re going to throw a punch when in fact, they’re not going to attack. Bear in mind that these words can be used somewhat liberally and you may often find yourself reading through very long odds just to determine the meaning of these terms. But, ultimately, this is something that you have to consider paying attention to.

How Is The Fight Tabled/Scrutinised?

The fifth and final thing you should check before placing your bets is how is the fight going to be decided? Most likely, this will be worked out in advance with the officials from the athletic commission but it’s still something you should know about. When the time comes for the fight to start, you may wish to consider placing a small bet while you’re still feeling confident about the result. The result may not match your hunch and if this happens, you may be relieved to know that you were able to place a bet on the fight. Most likely, the result will be decided by the end of the third round so if you start feeling anxious about the fight at any time during the first two rounds, it may be a good idea to cut your losses and cash out. But given that most of these situations are not covered under normal warranty policies, be sure to seek financial guidance if you go through this.