Boxing has received a massive shot in the arm in recent years, starting off with the bout between Mayweather & Pacquiao followed by one of the most anticipated fights in recent memory between Floyd Mayweather Jnr & Conor McGregor. There have also been a number of big bouts in Australia, including Mundine v Green 2 and the famous Jeff Horn v Pacquiao fight in July 2017.
Betting on boxing can be a rewarding and exciting experience; understanding different boxing bet types and some of the complexities surrounding the sport are crucial in selecting the right boxing odds for your bet slip. The closest comparison in terms of rival sports to boxing would be mixed martial arts, which brings us to methods of victory in the ring.
KNOCKOUT: When one fighter has suffered too many blows and is unable to recover from the referee’s 10 second count. Generally this type of win happens when the opponent has taken too many punches to the head and it is deemed unsafe for the fighter to carry on.
TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT: There are a couple of way a TKO can work, with the most likely method being when a boxer has sustained an injury of some description that will not allow him or her to continue like a severe cut that won’t stop bleeding or a broken bone in the very rare instance. The TKO can also occur when one fighter’s team or trainer throws in the towel, which indicates a mercy or surrender.
DECISION: This is probably the most likely method of victory is when both fighters are able to last the allotted rounds and the decision is then left to the three judges to decide on who the best fighter was. Each judge has scorecards indicating who they individually believed to have won the fight. This ruling can prove controversial in many instances.
TECHNICAL DECISION: If a fighter is injured, it will come down to a TD which means the fight that has already transpired is decided on points, similar to a straight Decision.
DISQUALIFICATION: When foul play is an issue, the offending fighter will be disqualified which automatically hands victory to the opponent. One of the most infamous incidences was the 1996 heavyweight fight between ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield where Tyson bit a chunk of Holyfield’s ear off and spat it out onto the canvas.
Before plunging your hard-earned on a gut feeling or a hunch bet, it is worth researching the different styles of the fighters, their record in the ring and even how often they win or lose by a particular method. If you’re a thorough researcher, it could also be worth looking at which opponents have troubled the fighters the most throughout their careers.
There can be greater influences than recent form in determining a winner. Just because a certain fighter has a great record in the ring does not mean he is a great fighter (which brings us back to researching opponents). On the flip side; just because someone has a poor record doesn’t necessarily mean they are a poor boxer. Things like susceptibility to a jab, hook, upper cut, lazy defence, low power, poor fitness or slow reflexes can be much more important than having a perfect record in the ring.
It can be a good idea to separate the fight from the event. Don’t listen to the trash talk in analysing the fight – there has been and always will be the ego inflations and belittling of opponents but it is much more important to look at fighting styles, opponents, strengths and weaknesses. Don’t get drawn into what fans of either side are saying – their judgment is generally biased and clouded.