There is no doubt that boxing has existed in some form since the dawn of humankind but, as an organised sport, it’s more ancient than many of us might expect. The first set of boxing rules is said to have been drawn up in readiness for the original Olympics, just in time for the event to make an appearance in the games of 688 BC.
The Big Men
Boxing still has a role to play in the modern Olympics but the major focus is on professional sport where the best athletes do battle in the ring. This is a busy area of our sportsbook with many markets open throughout the year and we have the backup of Unibet TV for the best of the live action.
When we talk about the legends of the sport, we mainly focus on the heavyweight category. In the 1970s, the boxing world was ruled by the likes of Joe Frazier, George Foreman and, of course, the great Muhammad Ali. Before them, it was all about Jersey Joe Walcott, Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano.
In the modern era, fight fans wait with greater anticipation for boxers such as Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua to tackle each other. Other weight divisions will enjoy the limelight from time to time but interest from viewers and the betting community will increase whenever the heavyweights step into the ring.
Boxing isn’t exactly a unified sport and there are five major organizations who have put up belts in each division. The WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF follow the same rules and it is possible for a fighter to battle for a ‘unified belt.’ Recently they have been joined by titles offered by The Ring magazine so there is a feast of boxing throughout the sporting year.
All of the major divisions will attract betting markets from Unibet and remember to look out for fights covered by our live streaming service.
The Professional Scene
It’s not all about the heavyweight scene and, in total, there are as many as 17 different weight divisions currently in place. From heavyweight down to strawweight, there is much to cover and even more title fights to enjoy.
If you’re looking for markets on any division, just check out the boxing area of our sportsbook. There is a comprehensive list to choose from and it benefits from the back up of Unibet TV which supplies live coverage for the best battles.
Boxing at the Olympics
Boxing first entered the modern day Olympics in 1904: There was a brief absence at the 1912 games in Stockholm but otherwise, it’s been a permanent fixture ever since. From 2008 onwards, we’ve enjoyed women’s boxing too so we now have a busy schedule inside that Olympic ring.
Modern day Olympic boxing features eight weight classes from Super Heavyweight down to Flyweight while the women have five from flyweight up to middle weight. That’s 13 gold medals to be contested plus a host of individual fights along the way.
In Olympic boxing, fighters are representing their country, so when it comes to assessing the markets, it could pay to look back over history and see which nations have been the most successful. By the end of the 2016 games in Rio, the United States led the overall medal table with 50 golds. Next up are Cuba who have provided us with some fiercely competitive fighters in the past.
Other countries to feature strongly in that medal table include Great Britain, Russia, France and Germany. Previous results aren’t a guarantee in terms of future trends but bettors will want to consider those returns when they look at Olympic boxing as the games appear on the calendar.
Unibet gets heavily involved in Olympic Boxing with a wide set of markets including overall winner and there are options for each bout. For the best of the action in the ring, Unibet TV takes over with its live stream.
Betting on and Watching Live Boxing
Boxing betting markets start in an obvious place with moneyline picks available for the overall winner. Draws can happen in this sport so there are three options to choose from when you enter that straight result market.
The sport also provides potential for a selection of prop bets and, one of the more common of these is the Method of Victory market. Options for this market will include Knockout, Technical Knockout, Disqualification or Decision.
Options on whether the fight will go the distance are also among the many props while boxing is a sport that can transfer neatly to the live markets. Betting in play is a common choice for many and with Unibet TV standing by, it’s possible to follow your stake as it develops.
If you would like to pick up the live stream from Unibet TV, you simply have to follow one of two basic requirements. As a Unibet customer, we ask that you either have funds in your account or, that you have staked a cash bet within the last 24 hours. Comply with those simple requests and the feed is yours.
You can watch the stream on your desktop or laptop and, for those who want to catch the action while on the go, Unibet TV is also accessible on mobile devices. It’s a flexible service, tailored to meet your needs, and it’s ready and waiting to provide the best in live boxing.