As boxing dates back as early as ancient civilizations, it can be reasonably expected that it has been wagered on in some manner for just as long. More recently, boxing has been surpassed in betting popularity by sports like the Mixed Martial Arts promotion the UFC.
But before sports betting was as mainstream as it is today, boxing was the top sport for betting, attracting some of the wealthiest bets in all the sports. While boxing has lost some of its luster over the years, it still remains a popular choice for sports bettors around the world.
How to bet on boxing
As with most one on one competitive sports, the most common way to bet on boxing is the outcome of the fight. This is akin to betting on the moneyline for team sports, and the same as betting on the outright winner in sports like the UFC and tennis. Similarly, the format of a boxing match also opens it up to specific bets that can be made within the fight as well.
Like with the UFC, you can also bet on which round you believe the fight will end in, or how you think the fight will end.
Generally you can either bet on the match ending in a knockout, technical knockout, or disqualification, or you can bet on a decision or technical decision if the fight goes the distance. You can also bet on the much rarer option of the match ending in a draw or a technical draw.
Further to this you can also bet on the over under of the total number of rounds the fight will last or even a bet type called Round Group Betting, which allows you to wager on the fight ending in either Round 1 or 2 or Round 3 or 4, and so forth.
If you are feeling especially lucky, you can even parlay multiple different outcomes from different fights on the same card. The payout is much larger, but the risk is also much higher.