The Winning Method betting market in boxing is a challenging option for those punters who feel confident in their knowledge and are willing to take greater risks. It is not easy to predict both the winner and method of victory, but the eventual profit is usually lucrative enough to make betting devotees overcome their fears.
As you can see from the below table, betting odds may greatly vary between the different options. The example shown is real and presents current odds for an upcoming fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte. It is obvious that according to the online bookmaker the most likely outcome is Fury to win by a KO or TKO. If you want to know more about each of the options for a Winning Method Bet and how to wager successfully, keep on reading.
|Winning Method Bet|
|Tyson Fury Points or Decision||+ 175|
|Dillian Whyte Points or Decision||+ 2000|
|Tyson Fury KO/TKO||– 110|
|Dillian Whyte KO/TKO||+ 500|
Method of Victory Options
Long-term avid boxing fans may think the names of the different winning methods are descriptive enough and no further explanations are necessary. Although this is largely true, each of the methods has its own specifics, which novices are not familiar with, so we decided to summarize everything important for each option. Keep in mind each betting market is considered settled in accordance with the result announced by the referee. Subsequent appeals and result amendments usually do not affect the settlement of the bets.
Knockout or Technical Knockout
Knockout is the most spectacular way to end a boxing match and probably for this reason it is known to the largest number of fans and punters. KO is the most dramatic and prestigious way in which a fighter can win a battle, sometimes bringing his opponent to a state of unconsciousness. If, after falling in the ring, a boxer fails to stand on his feet before the judge completes the countdown, this will be classified as a knockout.
The announcement of a technical knockout completely depends on the referee’s assessment of the fighter’s condition and fitness to continue the fight. Usually, such a decision has to be made after one of the boxers manages to stand up after a knockdown but looks unstable or is bleeding too much. Another case when a TKO is declared by the referee is when a fighter uses a bad and potentially dangerous boxing manner involving forbidden blows and techniques. If the coaching staff of one of the fighters decides to retire him, this is also considered a technical knockout.
Points or Decision
Each boxing match is watched by three judges who score points for each fighter round by round. If the fight goes through all the twelve rounds, each judge sums up the points and the winner is determined by all the judges’ scorecards. The decision after the end of the boxing match can be:
- Unanimous, when all three judges agree on who the winner is. The number of points doesn’t necessarily have to be the same for each fighter as long as it indicates the same winner;
- Split, when two judges favor one fighter and the third the other;
- Majority, when two judges award the win to one fighter and the other thinks it is a draw.
Here, as in the knockout, there is a technical variation, although it is relatively rare. A Technical decision (TD) occurs when the fight has to be terminated due to an injury not caused by an intentional punch. Most often, such injuries are produced by accidental headbutts which make it impossible to continue the match. In case this happens and a predetermined number of rounds have already passed, the fight outcome is set according to the judges’ scorecards. If, however, not enough rounds have run, the decision is Technical Draw.
Draw or Technical Draw
Although not that often, boxing fights may end without a winner but with a Draw or Technical Draw result. As mentioned above, a technical draw is announced when the match is stopped too early due to an unprovoked injury of one of the fighters. If not enough rounds have passed (usually five) for a points decision, a TD is settled. Another scenario in which a technical draw can be awarded is when the fight is stopped early and although enough rounds have passed, the points given by the judges cannot determine who the winner is. In that case, the battle goes to points before all the rounds have taken place.
Both the technical draw and the full-time draw can be announced in a number of ways depending on what points each of the judges has ruled. A majority draw means that according to two of the three judges, the fighters have an equal result. The scorecard of the third judge who awards the victory to one of the boxers is “overvoted” and thus the match ends without a winner. Sometimes, fights are so contested due to the balanced talent and abilities of boxers that the opinions of the judges are totally differing and each of them comes up with a different decision. When one of the judges awards the victory to one of the fighters, the second to the other, and the third thinks it is a draw, the result is called a split draw. The last option is also the rarest, namely a unanimous draw. All judges agree that neither of the fighters has scored more points than his rival. The below table shows how scorecards would look like in any of the three versions of a draw or technical draw.
|Boxing Draw or Technical Draw|
|Judge 2||Even||Fighter A||Even|
|Judge 3||Fighter A or B||Fighter B||Even|
Rules are rules and as such, they are to be obeyed since they ensure fairness of matches and relative safety of fighters. A boxer who repeatedly does not conform with them or makes a single but brutal infringement is threatened with disqualification. The actions that may lead to such a referee’s decision include but are not limited to low blows, rabbit punches, after-the-bell jabs, and intentional headbutts. Back in time, we have witnessed even more primitive infringements like the one of Mike Tyson who bit off part of the right ear of Evander Holyfield and then again his left ear before being disqualified by the referee Mills Lane. In such cases, the other fighter is announced as a winner regardless of the points scored so far.
Things to Consider before Placing a Winning Method Bet
Placing any type of boxing bet requires thorough preliminary research and taking into consideration multiple factors. As regards the Method of Victory market, it turns out that the weight category can largely tell you how the match will end. According to statistics, about ¾ of all heavyweight (above 90.719 kg) fights finish with a knockout or technical knockout. The lighter a category is, the more this percentage decreases. While you can never be sure what the winning method of a certain boxing match will be, the weight category is an important factor to keep in mind.
We already discussed the main fighting styles, so explore them as they can be indicative of the boxing match outcome. The more fights you watch, the more accurate your idea will be how certain fighters prefer to conduct their battles. There are those who look for a knockout opportunity at every possible minute, while others box from a distance, patiently waiting for a suitable moment to hit and thus reach a points decision.
We advise you not to misplace general betting tips like the one about weight categories. Yes, they can be really useful for you but only if you have done your homework by doing a detailed research of both fighters and what you have ascertained confirms the mentioned principle. Probably the most glaring exception from recent years is Edwin Valero who held the WBA super featherweight title (2006 – 2008) and the WBC lightweight title (2009 – 2010) achieving each of his 27 wins by a knockout.