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Boxing Betting Odds: Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.

The last time Mike Tyson stepped into the ring, things didn’t go too well. It was the first exhibition fight on his 2006 post-retirement World Tour, and it turned out to be the last; fans were not happy with the four-round match between Tyson and Corey Sanders, his former sparring partner. Tyson knocked Sanders down once, but could have done much more damage, while Sanders (who was wearing headgear) avoided hitting Tyson in the face.

That match didn’t have a winner. However, on Saturday, November 28 in Los Angeles, Tyson returns to the ring for a sanctioned eight-round exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr, and while the result won’t count on either fighter’s record, a winner will be declared. Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr odds are on the board right now at Bovada Sportsbook, with Tyson the –185 favorite at press time and Jones available at +150.

If you’re just learning how to bet on boxing, this match isn’t the right place to employ those basic handicapping fundamentals. It’s still an exhibition match, and the referees have reportedly been instructed to stop the fight if things get too combative – which is fair, given both men are north of 50 years old. And because he’s the star of the show, the Mike Tyson odds are in his corner, even if Jones was fighting competitively as recently as 2018.

This should still be a very interesting fight, featuring two former champions who dominated their generation – Tyson as a heavyweight, and Jones across multiple divisions. Officially, this will be a heavyweight bout. If you like the underdog, the Roy Jones Jr odds at Bovada have him at +300 to win on points, and +250 to win by decision or technical decision. Given the format, there’s also a decent chance for the draw to cash in at +1400.


Boxing Betting Odds: Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson

The Tyson-Jones matchup is the main event for this four-fight card, which has been moved from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson to Staples Center. The other three fights are professional bouts, although the co-main event is in many ways a celebrity match; former NBA player Nate Robinson will make his pro boxing debut in cruiserweight action versus internet personality Jake Paul (1-0, 1 KO). Robinson is the +135 underdog on Bovada’s boxing betting lines, with Paul at –165.

Again, this isn’t your typical boxing match. They’ll be fighting six rounds at most, and while Robinson is obviously the more athletic of the two, he only stands 5-foot-9, while Paul is four inches taller at 6-foot-1 and 13 years younger at age 23. We’ll see if the three-time Slam Dunk Contest champion can put the hurt on the controversial YouTube sensation. In the meantime, keep checking in with Bovada for the latest boxing odds, and enjoy the fights.


*Odds as of November 17th, 2020.

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How to Bet on Boxing

It’s a good thing if you know all about the matchups and boxers, but it’s impossible to know how to bet on a boxing match if you don’t understand the betting half of the equation. Here’s a quick look at the different boxing odds you’ll find when you browse the lines at Bovada Sportsbook.

Boxing Moneyline Odds

This is the gold standard for boxing betting. Each of the two fighters will have a moneyline attached to their name; bet on which one will win, and if you’re right, you’ll be paid out once the fight is over and the result is made official. As an example, here’s the famous “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on May 2, 2015:

  • Manny Pacquiao  +170
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr.  -210

Mayweather was the favorite in this welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as indicated by the negative sign using the American odds format. A winning bet on Mayweather would have paid out $100 for every $210 wagered – or $10 for every $21, or any other multiple. Pacquiao, the underdog, would have paid out $170 for every $100 wagered had he won; in the end, Mayweather remained undefeated after a fairly convincing unanimous decision. Note that all bets on a fighter to win will be refunded if the result is a draw or a no contest.

Boxing Total Odds

Totals are used in boxing much like other sports. In this case, you’re asked whether a fight will go Over or Under a given number of rounds. Each half-round lasts 90 seconds; for the Over to cash in on a total of, say, 8.5 rounds, the fight must reach the 91st second of Round 9. Here’s a hypothetical example (totals weren’t available at the close) for the April 29, 2017 heavyweight bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua:

  • Wladimir Klitschko  0 8.5 (-115)
  • Anthony Joshua  U 8.5 (-115)

The names of the fighters are irrelevant; what matters is that the line for the Over is quoted on the top, and the Under on the bottom. The total here is 8.5 rounds, and the numbers in parentheses refer to the payouts charged for each bet, which for this fight is –115 on both sides. That means you’re betting $115 to win $100. Joshua won by TKO in the 11th round, so the Over was the right call this time.

Boxing Method of Victory Odds

Boxing lends itself to a wide variety of proposition bets (or “prop bets” for short), where you wager on something other than the outcome of the match itself. The most popular prop bet in boxing is usually the Method of Victory, where you bet on how the match will end: decision, KO/TKO/DQ, or draw.

Boxing Fight Length Odds

Another popular boxing prop asks you to bet on exactly how many rounds the fight will last. Odds will be posted for one round, two rounds, and so on, all the way up to however many rounds are scheduled (usually 10 or 12). Fight Length odds for either boxer winning (e.g. Golovkin in the 12th) might also be posted if it’s a big enough event and the demand is there. Rules for what constitutes a full round or a half-round are the same as they are for totals.

Boxing Betting Tips

While betting on most team sports can be approached analytically using advanced statistics, individual sports like boxing are as much art as science. The superior boxer usually wins in this sport – luck isn’t much of a factor inside the squared circle. When two equally matched fighters face each other, the “clash of styles” often determines the winner; a patient, defensive fighter with stamina should have the advantage over an aggressive but less mobile opponent.

To learn more about how to bet on boxing, check out the FAQ and Help guides at Bovada Sportsbook, and make sure to refresh your browser for the latest updated odds and analysis on all the big fights on the boxing calendar.

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