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Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua Odds

The top two heavyweight boxers in the world are one step closer to going toe to toe in 2021 when 30-0-1 Tyson Fury takes on 24-1 Anthony Joshua for the first time in both of their illustrious careers. We don’t have the site or date of the match confirmed yet, but the news of both parties signing contracts last Saturday for two fights in 2021 has generated much fanfare in the boxing community. Early boxing betting has opened with the Tyson Fury odds being pegged as —175, and the Anthony Joshua odds being pegged as +145. 

The first of the two fights is expected to take place in June or July, and the second in November or December, and according to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, the site deal will be confirmed the first week of April. That gives both men ample time to get in shape for the biggest fight of their careers—something that will be critical for Fury, who hasn’t been in the ring since he beat Deontay Wilder in February 2020.  

Boxing Betting Odds: Tyson Fury Preview

After having to prove himself for seven straight years, Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury was at the top of the world when he beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. That victory earned Fury the WBA, IBF, and WBO titles for Heavyweight champion after Klitschko, along with his brother Vitali, dominated the division for just over a decade. Wladimir Klitschko entered that fight with an undefeated streak that dated from 2004 to 2015 and was a heavy —550 betting favourite on the boxing betting odds. Very few people expected the champ to lose by unanimous decision, but that’s exactly what happened when Fury stepped into the ring.

What followed Fury’s rise to world champion status was just as unexpected as the upset. Anti-doping violations, strange press conferences coupled with deteriorating mental health made Fury unfit to continue and he had to cancel his rematch with Klitschko and relinquish his world titles. For two years, Fury remained out of the ring until he reapplied for his boxing license in January 2018.

Small victories over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta proved that Fury was back and serious about boxing again. He was given a shot at the WBC title with a match against Deontay Wild that saw Wild drop Fury onto the canvas in round 12, at which point, the fight was believed to be over; however, Fury beat the count and battled back for a controversial draw. 

The following year, Fury tasted glory again when he won the WBO heavyweight title by beating Tom Schwarz. Most importantly, Fury got another shot at the WBC Heavyweight title with Round 2 against Wilder. This time, Fury entered the ring 17 pounds heavier than their last match, keen to use the extra weight for more powerful shots. That strategy proved successful, as Fury knocked Wilder around, dizzying him until Wilder’s team called it in the seventh round.

 

Boxing Betting Odds: Anthony Joshua Preview

While Fury was on hiatus, Joshua was rising to prominence. He had 22 straight wins, including a TKO victory over Klitschko in 2017, but his perfect career record came to an end when he faced Andy Ruiz in a title unification bout at Madison Square Garden in June 2019. Stepping in as a last-minute replacement for Jarrell Miller, Ruiz was a former WBO heavyweight challenger in his matchup against Joseph Parker in 2016 and was facing Joshua as a heavy +800 underdog. That night, the boxing world watched one of the greatest upsets in history, as Ruiz beat Joshua via TKO in the seventh round, earning the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles. 

Unfortunately for Ruiz, he was not able to repeat his performance in the follow-up match six months later. In Saudi Arabia, Ruiz lost via unanimous decision after trading punches with Joshua for 12 rounds. Joshua got back his lost titles and then shortly after, defended them against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, who lasted nine rounds before getting knocked out as a +575 underdog. 

Despite his significant victories following the initial Ruiz loss, Joshua’s air of invincibility has worn off and he is now in the underdog role for the first time since he rose to relevance on the British boxing scene. Scoop him up at +145 while you can because this opportunity does not come around very often. 

Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul

Floyd Mayweather, the greatest boxer of all time, retired for the third time from professional boxing in 2017 with a perfect 50-0 record. His last professional bout, which called him back to the squared circle after his second retirement, was against MMA superstar Conor McGregor. Despite McGregor’s lack of experience in the boxing ring, he was a competitive opponent and lasted just over a minute into the 10th round before the fight was called by the referee. 

Since then, Mayweather has been free to participate in lucrative exhibition fights as he sees fit. His first came in December 2018 when he took on the 20-year-old Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin 14 in Tokyo. Nasukawa, primarily a kickboxer, was knocked to the ground three times, losing in the first round in a completely lopsided affair. Mayweather, meanwhile, picked up an easy $9 million for his participation.

Next in line for the former world champ is YouTube personality Logan Paul, who has one professional boxing match under his belt. Initially, the bout between the social media influencer and Mayweather was set for February 20, but was postponed due to “business complications.” So how do odds work in boxing when you pair one of the greatest boxers of all time with one of the most famous novices? Time will tell. 

Paul insists that the fight will happen, and has pointed to his moving to Puerto Rico for training camp as evidence of his commitment. As soon as a new date is confirmed, Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing odds will be posted in our sportsbook.

Boxing Betting Odds: Floyd Mayweather Preview

Mayweather, the true boxer in the matchup, became a professional boxer in 1996, and went about amassing his incredible 50-0 record throughout his 21-year career, winning titles in five different weight classes. 27 of those victories came via knockouts. There’s no denying that people love to watch Mayweather boxing matches. He is the top attraction for pay-per-view purchases, generating more money (24 million purchases for $1.6 billion in revenue) than any other boxer. Just after him, is Manny Pacquiao, so when “Money” faced Pacquiao at MGM Garden in 2015 in what was coined the Fight of the Century, it was expected to be big—and it was massive. That event alone broke the prior PPV record, raking in $410 million in revenue. 

At 44 years old, Mayweather still looks like a potent boxer. He posted videos of a relaxed training session with a punching bag in preparation for the Paul fight on his Instagram, and the power behind his striking continues to be formidable. When asked about the postponement, Mayweather noted that the event will happen, but only when they’re able to fill a stadium with spectators. His goal is to have 80,000 watching in the Raider’s stadium in Las Vegas. 

Boxing Betting Odds: Logan Paul Preview

Despite Paul’s weak boxing credentials, he claims to not be afraid and is excited to take on the greatest boxer of all-time as soon as it makes sense. Paul started his foray into boxing with a white-collar amateur match against fellow YouTube star, KSI, in 2018. The event ended in a majority draw, with two ties and a third score in favour of KSI. This led to a rematch that counted as Paul’s first professional boxing match set in November 2019 at the Staples Center. 

Three sloppy six-minute rounds played out between the two beginner boxers, which was showcased on DAZN. Paul was penalized two minutes into the fourth round for hitting his opponent while down. At the end, two scorecards favoured KSI at 57-54 and 56-55, while the third was in Paul’s corner at 56-55. The end result was a split decision win for KSI and a loss for Paul in his debut boxing match.

For Paul to go from KSI to Floyd Mayweather is more of a matter of entertainment than legitimate boxing; with how boxing odds work there’s no question that Paul will be a massive underdog—even with his size and age advantage. Paul has over 56 million followers over his various social media outlets that includes YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok, and they’ll be eager to see him take the ring again and show some improvements in his boxing techniques. The other side of the spectators are always happy to see Mayweather remind people why he’s considered the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time.

*Odds as of April 9, 2021

BET ON BOXING

 

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.

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