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The sport of boxing has been around since Ancient Greece times as their Olympic sport back in 688 B.C. The modern era of boxing was adopted into the Olympics in 1904. Since boxing first became a sport, there have been many changes to boxing as we know it today.

The sport of boxing had a much different look back in Ancient Greece than what we have today.

Boxing was a well-developed sport back in Ancient Greece and enjoyed consistent popularity. The sport was first introduced in the Ancient Greek Olympics during the 23rd Olympiad in 688 B.C.

Instead of the modern-day boxing gloves that we see, Boxers used leather thongs around their hands to protect them. These boxing matches had no rounds, and boxers fought until one of them acknowledged defeat or could not continue.

Modern-day boxing now has rules, rounds, time limits, and judges for each boxing match. Each round lasts three minutes, and rounds for each fight vary from four rounds to 12 rounds. Bouts with 12 rounds are usually championship fights, while bouts with lower rounds are usually matchups with new or up-and-coming boxers.

Boxing in the modern era has four major sanctioning bodies, the World Boxing Association (WBA), the World Boxing Council (WBC), the International Boxing Federation (IBF), and the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

These four sanctioning bodies have their own weight divisions, with championship titles for each of those weight divisions. So any boxing title holder would most likely be the champion from one of these four major sanctioning bodies.

In the modern era of boxing, there have been many greats that have graced the boxing ring. That list of boxers includes these people:

  • Mike Tyson
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr.
  • Manny Pacquiao
  • Ray Robinson
  • Joe Louis
  • Ray Leanord
  • Rocky Marciano
  • Roberto Duran
  • Evander Holyfield
  • George Foreman
  • Joe Frazier
  • Oscar De La Hoya
  • Lennox Lewis

These boxers helped shape the boxing world into what we know it today. They are some of the greatest boxers of the modern era and have helped pave the way for some of the newer talents in the boxing world today.

Without a Muhammad Ali, there might be no Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, or Lennox Lewis. Because of Ali’s contributions to boxing, many other boxers got the opportunity to get in the boxing ring to showcase their skills.

Boxing in the modern era has had classic fights that have gone down in history as some of the greatest fights ever in boxing. Some of those fights include these bouts:

  • Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury (2018 and 2020)
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao (2015)
  • Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward (2002)
  • Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II (1997)
  • Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Durán II (1980)
  • George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali (1974)
  • Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier (1974)
  • Ray Robinson vs. Jake LaMotta (1951)
  • Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson (2002)
  • Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2007)
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez (2013)

These boxing matches were some of the most-watched and anticipated bouts back in their day. The Lewis vs. Tyson bout was one of the highest-grossing pay-per-view boxing fights of all time back in 2002. That record would stand until the 2007 De La Hoya vs. Mayweather Jr. fight.

However, the highest viewed and revenue PPV holder for boxing is currently the Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao fight in 2015, which had 4.6 million PPV buys for a revenue of $410 million. These matches and boxers have made boxing popular around the world, drawing in millions of fans to the sport along with millions in revenue for boxing promoters.

When it comes to title defenses for boxing champions, each major boxing sanctioning body has its own title defense rules. For example, the WBO requires champions to defend their title at least once every nine months, except for heavyweight champion, who only has to defend their title once every 12 months. So big-time title matches don’t happen all that often.

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Each boxing match has a wide variety of betting opportunities for gamblers. All betting is on a straight Moneyline format, making things pretty easy for gamblers to understand.

While there are many betting opportunities, the two most common bets are for which fighter will win and how many rounds the bout will go.

For gamblers betting the over/under of rounds a match will go; if you see a .5 behind a round number, you might be confused with how that would work. For example, if you see an over/under of 7.5 rounds, this means the bout would have to end before the 1:30 mark of the eighth round for the under to win or go past the 1:30 mark of the eighth round for the over to win.

With an over/under of seven, the under would need the bout to end before the seventh round is completed, while the over would need the fight to reach the eighth round to win.

With bets on who will win a fight, it’s all on the outright winner, whether they win by decision or KO/TKO. Favorites will have negative odds while underdogs will have plus odds in the fight.

While some bouts are evenly matched, some can have completely mismatched fighters. When looking at fights with considerable differences in the boxing odds, there could be something for a gambler to take advantage of with this.

Every fighter has their own fighting style and stance when they box. That is something Vegas boxing odds might overlook, which, if a gambler studies, can help them make a winning wager.

There are six common defensive maneuvers and three common boxing stances. These play a role in how a boxer defends themselves and what weakness each can have for opponents to exploit.

Defensive moves like slipping and bobbing require the boxer to be masterful in the art of these maneuvers. If they aren’t, they can be left open to knockout punches being landed. Defensive moves like the sway and fade, parry and block, and covering up may protect from any knockout blows but leave them open to body shots or other types of punches being landed, which will affect the scorecard if a fight goes the distance.

Looking at those types of defensive moves and which boxer employs those kinds of maneuvers can help give an edge for gamblers against the Las Vegas boxing odds. While that is one piece of the puzzle, the next thing is knowing what offensive style each boxer uses.

Knowing their fighting style can tell you if they would be strong or weak against an opponent’s defensive maneuvering style.

Other things that have Vegas boxing odds are prop bets. These prop bets are wide in range and can be better than betting on who will win a fight. Below we will go over some of the most common prop bets.

Boxing Prop Bets

These are some of the boxing props that have Vegas boxing odds:

  • If the fight will end by KO, TKO, or DQ and which fighter will win that way
  • If the fight will end by decision or technical decision and which fighter will win that way
  • If a fight will be a draw or technical draw
  • The exact round a match will end
  • If a fight will go the distance
  • Which fighter will win the scorecard for a set number of rounds
  • Exact round the fight ends and which fighter will win

These prop bets with Las Vegas boxing odds can be exciting but also require one to study both opponents and their history to have the best chances of securing a winning wager. The gambler will have to know if the fighters have a history of going the distance and past fights or if they end early.

They will also need to look at fights that had to go to the scorecard and how the fighter did each round on the scorecard. Looking at everything possible will help gamblers find boxing odds that they can take advantage of for a nice payout.

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Boxing odds are all Moneyline bets and will have plus or minus odds. Plus odds mean the bet is on an underdog and shows how much a gambler will win on a $100 wager. Minus odds mean the bet is on a favorite and shows how much a gambler needs to wager to win $100.
Boxing events are held throughout the year, with no set schedule for event dates until fighters make matches with each other.
Boxing events are held worldwide, with the most common being held in Las Vegas.
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