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The passion and pageantry surrounding the sport makes boxing betting a tempting prospect. The stakes are high, the bouts intense and punters with a keen eye and solid strategy may even earn themselves a profit.
It's not all about calling which of the heavy hitters will put their opponent on the canvas. Finding the right boxing betting site will help you dig out interesting and varied opportunities and enhance the excitement of this explosive sport.
The best boxing betting sites don't just have big ticket events, they cover a wide range of events from around the world.
Most good betting sites cover all events sanctioned by the big four organisations: the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO). They should also include fights under regional institutions, college matches and amateur organisations, which can be fertile ground for betting as fighters aren't proven and the betting volume is smaller. Better still, gamblers can find big tips for the future. Olympic boxing is an amateur sport, after all, and there can be big money available if you can pick an underdog at such an important event.
Including bouts across the weight spectrum also gives punters an edge. Heavyweight boxing is frequently in the spotlight, but there are quality fighters and interesting match-ups in every weight class. In fact, lower weight fighters tend to be faster and more intense than their big-hitting colleagues, which makes for a very different betting environment.
Top betting sites will also have a range of markets to help their customers take advantage of their knowledge and experience of the sport. Pre-match markets available at Coral include round betting, which lets you predict which round you think a fighter will win for incredibly lucrative odds, round group betting, which lets you cluster round victories, and the method of victory.
You may also find odds on total points, whether a fight will go the distance, whether a fighter will be knocked down, or even be knocked down and go on to win. Be aware that the number of markets available will depend on the interest in a bout: big fights usually have more markets, but the best boxing betting sites will offer a wide range of markets on most fights.
You may also want to look for a boxing betting site that offers in-play (also called in-running) betting. This allows punters to bet on matches as they happen, usually on the winner, method of victory, time of victory and points tallies.
Once you're comfortable with the range of betting options available, it's time to work out which offers the best value. You can do this by comparing and exploring the following areas:
Finally, many betting consoles include elements that empower you to make informed decisions. Some sites, like Betfair and 888, run blogs with news and tips, others include historic and live statistics regarding boxers and match-ups. A few will even stream bouts live on the console, so you can place in-play bets while you watch.
These kind of additions can improve both your returns and your experience if used properly, so don't settle for second best.
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