THE real art of boxing betting is about getting in early and making the most of the odds before the fight draws too close. Of course, this isn’t ideal for the boxing aficionado – the closer to the fight we get the more evidence we have to draw upon – yet the bargains, so to speak, are there in the early going.
Those who made money, and we mean real money, on Tyson Fury clobbering Deontay Wilder in February likely did so by placing their bets in the early stages of the build-up; long before fight week when Fury repeated his intention to knock out his American rival. Such promises of destruction ultimately shorten the odds as punters act on the predictions of the fighters.
Of course, boxing betting has been pretty much absent since then
due to the pandemic that continues to rampage through the world. Those who
enjoy a flutter will be eager to make up for lost time and already, as boxing
promoters solidify their plans to bring the sport back, there are enticing odds
available on the sport’s leading matchups. Oddspedia examines and highlights the best odds on fights making it your
one-stop betting shop. Already, there are some key fights that look likely to
be confirmed in the coming months that punters are already taking advantage of.
TYSON FURY-DEONTAY WILDER III
We all might be dreaming of a Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua superfight but it seems more likely that both will go their separate ways before that occurs.
Fury is contractually obliged to a third fight with Wilder and has already been installed as the favourite, with good reason. The manner of his victory in the rematch was clinical yet his price – 7/25 – is still short enough to make some serious returns.
Given that the WBC heavyweight champion has spent much of lockdown posting fitness regimes on his social media channels it seems unlikely his focus has waned. Any loss of desire from Fury, so says logical thinking, was surely Wilder’s best chance of overturning his emphatic defeat. Though the former champion can be backed at 3/1, the smart money, one suspects, is being placed on another “Gypsy King” triumph.
The draw, which was the result first time around, is as much as 29/1 according to Oddspedia.
ANTHONY JOSHUA-KUBRAT PULEV
This bout has been in the making since 2017 and since Pulev pulled out of a proposed clash with an injury, he has gotten older and slower yet retained his lofty world ranking.
Joshua’s cloak of invincibility was forever ripped from his shoulders this time last year when Andy Ruiz Jnr stunned to world to beat the Englishman in New York. That result, say some, suggests the well-schooled Pulev has a chance. If you’re of that thinking, his 29/4 price might be tempting.
But Joshua must surely be backed here. The odds of 3/50 won’t make you rich but backing the hard-hitting Watford man is certainly a worthwhile addition to your Oddspedia coupon.
DILLIAN WHYTE-ALEXANDER POVETKIN
Completing the trio of heavyweight showdowns is this battle between Dillian Whyte and war-torn Russian, Alexander Povetkin.
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn is keen to get this one on in the summer and Whyte, like Fury, has been installed as an early 7/25 favourite. It would seem the smart bet given Povetkin’s age.
However, out of all the three fights mentioned so far this perhaps carries the biggest chance of the upset. Whyte did not look good when he came back in December and has shown in a series of thrilling victories he is far from unbeatable. Povetkin, then, at 16/5 is worthy of inspection even if picking the Englishman would seem more sensible, particularly if you’re compiling an accumulator.
The draw, always appealing to betters, is as high as 29/1 according to Oddspedia.