Boxing Betting

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Boxing Betting Odds

Not many sports fared as well as boxing during Covid-19 in 2021. In that year, we saw Canelo Alvarez become the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world when he earned the IBF title off Caleb Plant and the WBO title off Billy Joe Saunders. Josh Taylor was also in the limelight in 2021 when he beat Jose Ramirez to become undisputed light-welterweight champion.

The action will continue in 2022, with matchups expected between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte, and Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. But there are lots of intriguing fights scheduled before those ones. We’ll preview the top ones, starting with a fight scheduled for Saturday, February 26 between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall. 

Preview: Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall

After earning the undisputed light-welterweight title in 2021, Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) will return to the ring to defend his four belts against Jack Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs) this Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland—Taylor’s home land. Catterall is the mandatory challenger from WBO and is a strong opponent, who has been undefeated in his 26 career fights, but he has yet to be tested with high-quality opposition. His most recent win—a points victory against Abderrazak Houya—earned him the championship invitation bout against Taylor.

This will be Taylor’s first defense after earning the unified light-welterweight title last May. In that fight, Taylor knocked down Jose Ramirez twice and then won via unanimous decision. Taylor is a massive -1600 favourite against Catterall (+725) for the matchup on Saturday. The main card starts at 2 PM ET, and the Taylor-Catterall is expected to begin around 5:15 PM ET. ESPN+ and Sky Sports are providing coverage.

Preview: Lawrence Okolie vs. Michal Cieslak

This could be the last we see of Okolie (17-0, 14 KOs) in the cruiserweight division, as he prepares to take the step up to heavyweight. The fight will see Cieslak (21-1, 1 NC, 15 KOs) contest for Okolie’s WBO cruiserweight world title, which Okolie has defended once since earning it in March 2021 by way of knocking out Krzysztof Glowacki in Round Six as a -300 favourite. The fight is set for Sunday, February 27 at the O2 Arena in London, with the main card beginning at 12 PM ET. 

Okolie has been winning world titles since February 2018 when he started with the vacant WBA Continental cruiserweight title. After spending five years at cruiserweight, he’s working towards stepping up to heavyweight, but will fight at cruiserweight one more time. Cieslak has proven himself with two straight wins after losing his fight against Ilunga Makabu for the WBC cruiserweight in January 2020. At press, Okolie is a major -800 favourite against Cieslak (+475).

Preview: Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Pedraza

Josh Taylor ended Jose Ramirez’ (26-1, 17 KOs) undefeated record last May after six years of Ramirez collecting various welterweight titles. After losing that unification bout, Ramirez will start to rebuild and will enter the ring against a former WBO light welterweight champion in Jose Pedraza (29-3, 14 KOs) on March 4. 

The bout was initially supposed to take place on February 5, but Pedraza exhibited flu-like symptoms that resulted in a postponement. Despite winning his last three fights (vs. Mikkel LesPierre, Javier Molina, Julian Rodriguez), Pedraza is a +400 underdog against Ramirez (-675), so scoop him up while the value is there.

Preview: Roman Gonzalez vs. Julio Cesar Martinez

One of the more competitive matchups on the boxing lines is a bout between +115 Martinez (50-3, 41 KOs) and -145 Gonzalez (18-1, 2 NC, 14 KOs) on Saturday, March 5. Martinez is a replacement for Juan Francisco Estrada, who was supposed to have a rematch against Gonzalez after beating him last March. Gonzalez was the WBA (Super) super flyweight champ before that fight, having earned the belt off of Kal Yafai via TKO in February 2020. 

Martinez will be a tough competitor. He strung together four straight wins from 2019 to 2021 before having to settle for a No Contest result in a fight against McWilliams Arroyo, who had to withdraw after sustaining a cut above his eye after an accidental head collision. 

Preview: Kiko Martinez vs. Josh Warrington

Martinez’ (43-10-2, 30 KOs) IBF featherweight title will be on the line when he enters the ring against Warrington (30-1-1, 7 KOs) on March 26 at First Direct Arena in Leeds, England. This will be Martinez’ first title defense since taking the strap from Kid Galahad as a significant +760 underdog last November. Martinez survived Galahad’s early onslaught, and in the sixth round, he pulled off an incredible come-from behind upset for the TKO victory. 

This will be the second time that Martinez and Warrington face each other in the ring. The first time was in May 2017 (again in Leeds), with Martinez earning the majority decision as a +600 underdog. Warrington is once again favoured in the matchup (-450) against Martinez (+300).

Preview: Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte

After beating Deontay Wilder in back-to-back matches in Nevada, Fury (31-0-1) will now face Dillian Whyte on April 23 at Wembley Stadium. It took a bit longer for Fury to put away Wilder in the final match of their trilogy; Wilder made it to the eleventh round before getting knocked out as a +250 underdog.

Whyte (28-2) is coming off a TKO win of his own. After losing the WBC interim heavyweight title to Alexander Povetkin in August 2020, the two boxers returned to the ring in March 2021, and this time, it was Whyte who earned the victory (TKO, fourth round) that allowed him to regain the lost interim title that sets up his fight with Fury—heavyweight champion for the WBC and The Ring. 

Fury is a -650 favourite for the match against Whyte (+400) on the boxing lines at press time. To see the full list of matchups and odds, check out the Boxing section of our sportsbook.

*Odds as of February 23rd, 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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