How to bet on Heavyweight boxing

heavyweight boxing

Professional boxing is enjoying a revival, with the heavyweight scene better than it has been for a generation. Two men have strong claims to be the one true champion, with Britain’s Tyson Fury and Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk current sharing the belts. Behind the front two, we have a selection of feared contenders, including former champions Anthony Joshua and Joe Parker, with Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder currently waiting on the fringes, desperate for a big win that would set the cat amongst the pigeons.

On Saturday 20th August, two stars of the noble art’s top division go head to head when Usyk defends his awards against former ruler Joshua after beating the Olympic gold medallist at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England last summer. That was an upset result, but with AJ losing half of his last four outings, he’s operating on borrowed time. Failure to win the rematch in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, could spell the end of his time as a contender, shoving him down the pecking order, and the best sportsbooks are backing Usyk.

How to bet on heavyweight boxing

One true champion

If Usyk does as expected and wins, he will likely face Fury in a money-spinning unification bout to give fight fans something they haven’t had in a generation – a unified, universally recognized, and adored true heavyweight champion. It’s the bout everyone with even a passing interest in professional sports would want to see, and it’s likely to break all pay-per-view and gate records.

If Joshua gets his revenge over Usyk and wins back the titles in Jeddah, it would change the entire landscape of the division again. We would then have a situation where everyone in sport would want to see an all-British unification bout between the Gypsy King and AJ. That fight would pack any major stadium in the UK, with the 90,000 capacity Wembley the most likely venue. Despite calls for that fight to happen at long last, Usyk would be pushing hard for a decider to complete the trilogy. 

Fury is sitting pretty regardless of the result in Saudi Arabia, knowing the winner must fight him if they want to secure all titles and a legacy. Tyson has already secured his place in the history books and claims he isn’t motivated by money, but bringing him to the table for that unification bout won’t come cheap with a substantial cheque required to catch his eye. Add to that the fact Fury retired from boxing after knocking out Dillian Whyte last time. We did say it was exciting, but it’s far from simple.

Two ways to play

There are two ways you can predict the division’s future and target a profit by betting at one of the top online gambling apps. Bet on an upcoming fight that has already been announced and a date set in stone, such as Usyk v Joshua II or look ahead, getting in early and predicting the outcome of a unification bout, either between Fury and Usyk or Fury and AJ. Sportsbooks offer odds on upcoming fixtures as well as those expected to happen but yet to be announced.

When betting on a fight that hasn’t been confirmed yet, the clash must happen before the end of this year, or your stake will be refunded. But why would a better risk getting ahead of themselves? That’s simple, for better odds. The earlier you gamble on about, the more generous the odds offered to you will be.

When betting on an upcoming fight, you can either wager before the first bell or at any time during the contest, thanks to the in-play gambling feature. Pre-fight markets remain live throughout the bout, with a live betting trader updating the odds to reflect the flow of the contest. This will improve your chances of making a correct prediction as in-play betting allows you to benefit from following the contest and then reacting to any changes. 

If a fighter suffers a cut or a knockdown, you can bet on their opponent to win by KO/TKO. If the fight is less exciting than expected, you can bet on the bout going the distance or on the more impressive fighter to earn a points victory.