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Boxing Betting Odds: Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev

If you still haven’t learned how to bet on boxing, now’s the time. This Saturday, the WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) will put his unified heavyweight title on the line against the IBF mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs). The Wembley Arena in London is hosting the highly-anticipated matchup that will take place in front of just 1,000 socially distanced fans.

That’s far fewer spectators than what was expected when this matchup was first attempted three years ago. In 2017 when Wladimir Klitschko retired, Pulev got the opportunity to fight Joshua for the title. Just a day after the official press conference, 70,000 tickets were sold. However, the event had to be canceled as a shoulder injury sidelined Pulev and kept him out of the ring for over a year. When the Bulgarian returned, he picked up where he left off, adding three more victories to the five-fight win streak compiled pre-injury.

Despite Pulev’s impressive professional record, the odds are stacked against him in this one. He’s a +600 underdog against Joshua (—1000), who has lost just once (in 2019) thus far in his seven-year boxing career. In one of the largest upsets in boxing history, Andy Ruiz Jr. defeated the world champion via TKO in the seventh round as a +800 underdog; however, Ruiz’s reign as world heavyweight champ would last just six months, as Joshua earned back his titles at Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr. II in Saudi Arabia.

Pulev also has just one loss in his career, although his came against Klitschko in 2014. This fight is thought to be a bit more competitive than anticipated when the first boxing lines were released in 2017, offering Anthony Joshua odds as heavy as —3333 against Pulev (+900). Of course, Joshua was still undefeated at that point, whereas Pulev’s loss was still fresh in the minds of boxing bettors. Now it’s Joshua’s loss that looms over the boxing betting odds board and the memories of the public.


Boxing Betting Odds: Undercard

Cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie (14-0) will look to extend his 14-fight undefeated streak against Nikodem Jezewski (19-0-1) before the main event. Jezewski is the stand-in opponent for Krzysztof Glowacki after the former WBO cruiserweight champ tested positive for the coronavirus. The original matchup was intended to be a fight for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title, but with Jezewski now entering as an unranked fighter, a title bout is no longer possible.

That doesn’t mean the undercard is without one. Martin Bakole Ilunga (15-1) and Sergey Kuzmin (15-1-0) will duke it out for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight title. Other matchups on the undercard include a Heavyweight bout between Hughie Fury (24-3) and Mariusz Wach (36-6). Fury is keen to return to title fights after a recent downward trend and aims to put forth a dominant performance against Wach. He’s a heavy —600 favourite to earn a second straight win on Saturday.

Boxing betting is heating up at Bodog Sportsbook as we approach the big event. Fill out your bet slip and enjoy the show.


*Odds as of December 10th, 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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