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“The sweet science”, boxing is a sport of pure courage mixed with skill under pressure. It’s also the sport for pay-per-view spectacles; Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Manny Pacquiao’s 2015 "Fight of the Century" generated a record 4.6 million PPV buys worth over $400 million. Fans will always pay to watch the best go toe-to-toe, and they’ll savor the chance to bet on the biggest fights too.

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Tom Craze

Expert boxing tipster and betting show host

Boxing expert and tipster who hosts The Boxing Betting Show. Contributor to the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board

WHERE: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

WHEN: Dec 4th

Following last Saturday’s surprise unseating of unified champion Teofimo Lopez by the unfancied George Kambosos, this weekend has the potential for two more upsets in the lightweight division.
In a flawless professional career to date (26-0, 15 KOs) Devin Haney has become one of the crown jewels in Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA operation. He’s rarely been troubled and, at the age of just 23, has been earmarked for potential superstar status in both the 135lb weight class and beyond.

Diaz (32-1-1, 15 KOs), however, is unlikely to go quietly. A standout talent in the US 2012 Olympic squad, the Californian southpaw has so far achieved more at super-featherweight, but possesses the kind of high-output style that could ask real questions of the champion. Those more critical of Haney will point to his tendency to cruise late in fights but, with his foot firmly on the gas, look for ‘The Dream’ to pick up a clear points win.

Boxing Pick: Devin Haney to win by decision -165

WHERE: Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California

WHEN: Dec 5th

Rising star Gervonta Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) will once again be looking to showcase his precocious talents on a rare Sunday evening pay-per-view card from the Staples Center, Los Angeles.
Davis returns to the star-studded lightweight division after a brief foray at 140lb earlier this year in an impressive stoppage of the much larger Mario Barrios. Baltimore’s ‘Tank’ will be confident of both extending his relentless KO streak and further cementing a reputation as one of the sport’s most explosive fighters.

Drafted in for Davis after the original opponent, Rolando Romero, was removed for serious sexual assault allegations, late replacement and heavy underdog Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KOs) finds himself at the age of 23 with an unexpected free roll on the big stage. The Mexican has so far proven to be a reliably entertaining television fighter but is highly likely to be outgunned early by Davis’s considerable arsenal.

Boxing Pick: Gervonta Davis by stoppage rounds 1-6 +140

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Most popular weight divisions

A fight for the heavyweight championship of the world is the most enthralling occasion in the whole of boxing.

Some of the greatest sportsmen of all time, such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey, are immortal legends who were proud wearers of the heavyweight crown.

In the current era, fighters such as Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are household names with huge followings.

This division will always have a special allure among seasoned bettors and casual fans alike, who love the challenge of picking a winner when the biggest fighters get ready to rumble.

What are the major boxing titles?

Understanding what the championship belts are and what they mean.

Lineal Champion

The concept of a lineal champion traces a current title holder back to the origins of organized boxing, when there was only one champ in each division. Because various sanctioning bodies have been launched since, there can be multiple holders. But a lineal champion can trace his title back down the years.

Unified Champion

Any boxer who holds world titles sanctioned by more than one governing body at the same time and in the same weight class is regarded as a unified champion. Given the way boxing has been fragmented since the emergence of the new bodies, this is a rarer feat than it used to be.

Undisputed Champion

Only a fighter who holds all the versions of the world title at a particular weight class at one time can call himself an undisputed champion. The existence of four organizations that sanction bouts means this is now highly unusual – Lennox Lewis was the last undisputed heavyweight champ in 1999-2000.


The International Boxing Federation (IBF) was founded in 1983 as a rival to the WBA and WBC. In the following year, it recognized world champions already crowned by the other organizations. It has since certified men’s world champions in 17 classes and women’s in 15.


The World Boxing Association (WBA) is the oldest of the four bodies that sanction professional boxing. As a result, it is effectively seen as the original governing body of boxing. It has added to the complexity of the championship scene in recent years by recognizing more than one title-holder in any weight class.


The World Boxing Organization (WBO) is the most recent of the four bodies that sanction world title bouts. It was set up in 1988 after a dispute at the WBA’s annual convention. It took a while to establish its credibility but champions like Chris Eubank, Johnny Tapia and Naseem Hamed brought respect to the WBO in the 1990s.


The World Boxing Council (WBC) is the second oldest sanctioning body, having been set up in 1964. It has recognized some of the greatest names in the sport as world champions. Tyson Fury, one of the biggest names in the sport, is the current WBC heavyweight champion, while Errol Spence Jr. and Canelo Álvarez both hold WBC titles.

Boxing bets explained

To Win Fight

The simplest bet on boxing that we can make. All we need to do is predict which of the two fighters will be victorious. It doesn’t matter how or when they win, all that counts is that the referee holds aloft our selection’s hand at the end of the fight.

In-play betting on boxing

Just because the first bell has rung and the fighters have come out swinging, that doesn’t mean the betting has to stop.

Modern sportsbooks can update their boxing betting instantly and allow bettors to keep wagering as the action unfolds.

This means that, even if we think that Anthony Joshua has lost the first round in a fight against Tyson Fury, we can still bet on him to win the bout.

Most boxing betting sites also offer in-play wagering on other markets such as the length of the fight and the way in which it will end.

Boxing betting tips

The relationship between boxing and betting is a long one and there are numerous ways in which we can wager on the outcome of a bout.

When a big championship fight is announced, attention on the sport is high – and sportsbooks use that as a method of attracting new customers to their sites and apps.

If we’re wondering where to bet on boxing, it’s best to look for a sportsbook with a solid reputation and a broad variety of boxing bets for you to choose from.

It’s also likely that sportsbooks will be offering special bonuses and promotions to tempt new customers and retain existing ones.

For instance, we may receive a free bet, or a bonus amount in our account, simply for signing up with a sportsbook.

Others offer us a multiple of that first bet if we wager on boxing odds that are longer than a certain amount.

Boxing betting promotions

Enhanced odds

Some boxing betting sites will offer enhanced odds on a particular outcome to tempt more people to bet. It is worth keeping our eyes peeled for such an offer. They don’t always last very long, and if it’s a result you think will happen you could get some very healthy winnings.

Money back if the fight goes the distance

If our favored boxing bet is on a fight to finish in a particular round, this could be our insurance policy. Some sportsbooks will offer to refund round bets as a free wager if the fight ends up going the distance.

Money back if the fight finishes in a draw

Few championship fights finish in a draw, so it is not a common choice in boxing betting. However, it could be our salvation if a sportsbook offers to give our money back, in cash or as a free bet, should the fight be declared a draw. And there’s always the rematch…

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