In this modern boxing era, with more careful matchmaking and promoters/networks looking to protect their multi-million dollar investments, it’s getting increasingly difficult to bet on the prizefight game.
Those fans who bet on boxing, like online sports betting NY, are finding it harder and harder to score big on their wagers.
But some boxing truths are universal and there are still plenty of ways to sniff out an underdog likely to shock the world and/or a favorite ripe for the picking while maximizing strategic bets for favored fighters
Here are some things to look for if you aim to break the bank with an upset special or, at the same time, avoid big losses by gambling on a dud.
Skills Pay Bills
Never bet against a fighter who holds a considerable edge when it comes to skill level—even if he is a huge underdog. Boxing ability goes a long way in cancelling out raw physical gifts like power, size, and speed. A truly savvy fighter can turn a physically superior fighter into a lumbering novice. When push comes to shove, the old boxing saying is true: “Skills pay bills.”
Despite “skills paying bills,” supreme speed can sometimes be the ultimate neutralizer. Don’t ever bet against a fighter with an extreme edge in speed, regardless of what other factors may be in the opponent’s favor. Remember, too, that often times speed equals power.
How Deep is Your Resume?
If all seems equal (or fairly equal) when it comes to ability and skill, take a gander at each fighter’s resume. Who’s fought the better, more skilled, more experienced overall opposition? A fighter is generally only as good as his opposition and his resume can tell you a lot.
Moving on Up in Age/Weight
At some point, even a great fighter has his limits—and those limits, in boxing, usually have to do with age and size. “Name” fighters run the risk of losing to less accomplished and/or lesser skilled underdogs when they venture up to compete in higher weight classes, especially at an advanced age. The prime example of this was when the Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins was stopped by tough, but limited Joe Smith Jr. back a couple of years ago.
The Big Eraser
In boxing, one-punch KO power is called “The Big Eraser” because it can instantly erase a whole fight’s worth of mistakes and lost battles in one powerful moment. An educated stab at scoring an upset betting win would revolve around the hope of a big puncher landing that ultimate kill shot against an otherwise better opponent. It would also be wise to play it a bit cautions when betting against a heavy-handed battler.