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Boxing Betting Odds: Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders

Cinco de Mayo weekend is traditionally one of the biggest spectacles on the boxing calendar. Therefore, when they announced last month that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would be fighting Billy Joe Saunders on May 2 at the T-Mobile Arena near Las Vegas, it seemed like business as usual in the squared circle. Unfortunately, that’s not the case – and it’s not just because of the coronavirus, either.

For now, the boxing betting odds for this super middleweight unification bout are still on the board at Bodog Sportsbook; Canelo (53-1-2, 36 KO), the WBA Regular champion, is the prohibitive favourite at –700, well ahead of Saunders, the WBO champion and the decided underdog at +450. But thanks to the pandemic, they won’t be fighting at T-Mobile Arena, and it appears unlikely they’ll meet on May 2, either.

That’s if they meet at all. Canelo’s head trainer, Eddy Reynoso, told reporters last month that Saunders would be the opponent for this marquee match, but as of press time, the Saunders camp has yet to officially sign on the dotted line. And they might not get the chance; on Monday, the British Boxing Board of Control suspended Saunders’ license, in response to an inappropriate video posted on social media. That suspension is pending, with a hearing expected to take place at some point, but the Canelo camp could decide to just hit the reset button and offer this fight to WBA Super champion Callum Smith (27-0, 19 KO) instead. Stay tuned for fresh Canelo Alvarez odds and information as this drama unfolds


Boxing Betting Odds: Daniel Dubois vs. Joe Joyce

There’s a chance the Daniel Dubois odds will need some refreshing, too, although it looks like his scheduled heavyweight bout with Joe Joyce could go as planned – on July 11 instead of April 11. London’s O2 Arena remains the proposed venue, and Dubois (14-0, 13 KO) remains a chunky –500 favourite over Joyce (10-0, nine KO) at +350. Dubois is both the British and Commonwealth champion; his British belt will be up for grabs here, as well as the vacant European title.

Ironically, the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics for one year could help this fight get off the ground. If the pandemic situation hasn’t cleared up sufficiently by July, there are other dates on this summer’s boxing calendar that are now open for business. As it stands, Joyce (a 2016 silver medallist) could be a value pick in this situation, having previously won the Commonwealth and the WBA Gold and Continental titles since turning pro in 2017.


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Here’s another big fight that had to be postponed because of the coronavirus: Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18 KO) vs. Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KO), for Whyte’s WBC interim title. That was supposed to take place in Manchester on May 2 – now it’s scheduled for July 4, with Whyte still favoured at –400 on the boxing betting lines. Povetkin is a live challenger at +300, but at age 40, he might not have as much to offer as he did in earlier (and higher-profile) title shots against Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 and Anthony Joshua in 2018 – the only two losses on his resume.

There’s a second title fight on that July 4 card, featuring two of the greatest female boxers ever to step between the ropes. Katie Taylor (15-0, six KO) will defend her collection of lightweight titles against Amanda Serrano (38-1-1, 28 KO), the WBO and WBC interim champion. Taylor is a relatively small favorite at –200, but could have an extra advantage in this matchup, as Serrano (+160) has also dabbled in MMA since 2015, and has been training in professional wrestling on top of that. Will the two-time WBO Female Boxer of the Year be focused enough to defeat Taylor?

Finally, we return to Joshua (23-1, 21 KO), who leaned a hard lesson about focus when he dropped his heavyweight titles to Andy Ruiz Jr. last June. Not a problem; Joshua won them back in December, and is scheduled to defend them once more on June 20 against Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KO), named mandatory challenger by the IBF. Joshua is carrying a lot of chalk here at –1200; he isn’t likely to let his guard down this time. Keep checking back with Bodog Sportsbook for the latest odds and helpful tips on how to bet on boxing. Stay healthy, and we’ll see you in the ring.


*Odds as of April 6th, 2020.

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How to Bet on Boxing

Knowing how to bet on a boxing match boils down to two things: Knowing about boxing, and knowing about betting. The first part is important, of course, but not as important as the second. In case you’re relatively new to the Sweet Science, here are the different ways you can bet on boxing at Bodog Sportsbook:

Boxing Moneyline Odds

The moneyline is the standard way to bet on individual sports, and still common for low-scoring team sports like soccer, hockey and baseball. Bodog uses the American odds format to express these lines. Here’s an example from the recent August 31 lightweight title fight between Luke Campbell and the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Vasyl Lomachenko:

  • Luke Campbell +850
  • Vasyl Lomachenko +1800

Lomachenko was the champion and the heavy favourite in this match; you can tell who the favourite is by the negative sign next to their odds (if both are negative, the larger number represents the larger favourite). In this case, a $1,800 bet on Lomachenko to win would have paid out $100, while a $100 bet on the underdog Campbell (with the positive sign next to his odds) would have paid out $850. Smaller and larger multiples are allowed for your wagers; all bets on a fighter to win are returned in the event of a draw or a no contest.

Boxing Total Odds

In many team sports, you can bet on whether the combined final score will go Over or Under the posted total. Boxing has totals, too, but in this sport, you’re betting on whether the fight will last Over or Under a given number of rounds. These totals go up in half-round increments, with each half-round lasting 90 seconds. Here’s the total for our example bout:

  • Luke Campbell O 9.5 (+100)
  • Vasyl Lomachenko U 9.5 (-140)

The line for the Over is always listed at the top. The total here is 9.5 rounds; if this fight had reached the 91st second of Round 10, the OVER would have paid out according to the number inside the parentheses, which shows the vigorish (aka juice) in American odds – even money in this case. If the fight had been stopped before the 90th second of Round 10, the Under would have paid $100 for every $140 wagered. Lomachenko won by unanimous decision after 12 rounds, so the Over bettors got paid.

Boxing Method of Victory Odds

Proposition bets (aka “prop bets”) allow you to bet on other things besides the actual outcome of a match. An example is the Method of Victory prop—one of the most popular boxing props there is. For the standard Method of Victory prop, your three choices are decision, KO/TKO/DQ, or draw. Other options, like unanimous decision, may be included in expanded versions.

Boxing Fight Length Odds

The bigger the fight, the more props you’ll find on the board – including Fight Length, which asks you exactly how many rounds the fight will last. Odds are given for one round, two rounds, and so on; sometimes, you’ll be asked whether a specific fighter will win during a specific round, like Lomachenko winning in the ninth.

Boxing Parlay Odds

Parlays allow you to combine multiple bets and get paid exponentially more if all of your picks come in. But with the added reward comes added risk: If even one of your picks fail, your entire parlay loses. Common parlays in boxing include the moneyline and total from a single match, or the moneylines from several matches on the same card.

Boxing Betting Tips

While there are many ways to bet on boxing, all these lines have something in common: They can go up or down between the time they’re posted and bell time. If a lot of money comes in on one fighter, their odds will usually get shorter, encouraging bettors to put more money on their opponent. For example, Lomachenko opened at –1600 for his fight against Campbell, then was bet up to –1800, while Campbell saw his odds lengthen from +800 to +850 in response. You can sometimes get a better price on your chosen fighter by anticipating these line moves and picking the right time to bet.

There’s always more to learn if you want to figure out how to bet on boxing. For more information, consult the FAQ and Help guides at Bodog Sportsbook, and keep coming back for fresh odds and analysis on all the major fights.

Odds as of October 10th, 2019

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