It used to be the case that the sport of boxing was one of the most, if not the most, gambled on sport in the world. During the 1970s, an era that some think of as the golden age of the sport, with fighters like Muhammad Ali, Joe Fraser, Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman performing at their peaks, boxing was on top of the world and this was reflected by the amount of people wagering their hard earned money on bouts between the sport’s top fighters. Although today boxing has suffered a slight dip in popularity, it is still one of the most watched sports going and still attracts punters in their millions. The unpredictable nature of a sport that pits its competitors one on one in a battle of both physical and mental hardiness is what makes boxing such an exciting and entertaining prospect for fans of sports betting.
If you are interested in betting on boxing there are, like in any sport, things that you should keep an eye on in order to keep your choices informed. Keep an eye on the training for the fights, as this is where most of the work for the boxers occurs. Training injuries should be considered as they can have a big impact on the fight, even if they are thought to be fit by the time the first bell rolls around. This is not to say that the physical aspect of the game is the most important part though, with mental strength representing a huge part of a successful boxer’s arsenal. Check out the fighter’s ringside and training teams and especially their coach for an indication on this. The coach is very important, for instance a world class coach such as Freddie Roach makes sure his boxers are prepared correctly both mentally and physically.
Due to the unpredictable nature of boxing, there are long odds victories reasonably often in the sport so if you keep your eye on form, the strengths and weaknesses of the fighters and the training going into the fight, there is always a chance of you winning some serious cash. Do be wary though because as with any sport, the bookies know their stuff as well as anyone!