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How to Bet on Boxing: Online Betting Guide

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Muhammad Ali. Jack Dempsey. Floyd Mayweather. Rocky Balboa. One of those boxers is fictional but they’re all fierce competitors that boxing bettors look for when wagering on this knockout sport. Pun alert! Or more accurately, because this is boxing and pun(ches) have to land, bad pun alert!

Basic Odds and Betting Options

There are many betting options for boxing and each requires a different strategy. Below we’ll explain the moneyline, method of victory bets and total rounds wagers.


This is a common bet for boxing fans and only requires you to pick a winner. What you win will depend on the betting lines. Wouldn’t that be an awesome band name? The betting line – the real line not the fake band – is a way for the sportsbooks to determine who should win a fight and how convincingly.

Boxing moneyline odds would look something like this:

Rocky +130

Apollo Creed -160

In this case Apollo Creed is the favorite and you would need to wager $160 to win $100. Rocky is the underdog which means you would only need to wager $100 to win $130.

The above example between Philadelphia’s favorite son and The Dancing Destroyer is considered a competitive matchup. However, there are times where you’ll see boxers listed as huge favorites with lines like -10000. You’d have to bet $10,000 to win $100. An example of a matchup with a huge favorite would be a fight between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin. When they fought in September of 2018, the odds were Joshua -1100 and Povetkin +650.

FYI - Favorites are always represented with minus signs (-). Underdogs are always represented with plus signs (+). This is consistent across every sport. If you see a favorite or underdog with another symbol like a smiley face or poop emoji, get away from that sportsbook. Like a dog in a canoe, they have no idea what they’re doing.

Method of Victory

Another common bet you can make on boxing is the method of victory. Instead of predicting who will win the fight, you would predict how a fight will end.

Let’s use the same Rocky vs Creed example. Instead of betting on Creed to win (-160), you could bet on Creed to win by knockout (+160). If Creed does win via knockout, you would still win your moneyline bet and you would win your method of victory wager too.

Total Rounds

If you’re looking for another take on boxing betting, try total rounds. This involves betting on the number of rounds a fight will go. You’ll see a line that looks something like this:

O/U 11.5 rounds (-120/+105)

If you think the fight will finish within 11.5 rounds, you would bet the UNDER (that’s what the U stands for). If you think the fight will go beyond 11.5 rounds, you would be the OVER (that’s what the O stands for). The numbers in the brackets work the same as the lines in our other examples. The favorite is -120 and the underdog is +105.

Where to Bet on Boxing Online

When you’re ready to make a bet on the next boxing match, you’ll need to find a place to make a wager. These magical places are called sportsbooks and they’re companies that set betting lines and accept your wagers.

There are a multitude of different online sportsbooks out there. Check out our Sportsbook Review page and see which book you want to use for your boxing bets.