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Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Odds for September 12, 2020

It began with a Mike Tyson highlight reel.

A 54-year old "Iron Mike" beating his padded trainer into a pulp for social media to watch in awe. The impact of those punches reverberated through sports and into the betting world: Mike Tyson is back. The question was, who would be his comeback opponent, and what are the Mike Tyson boxing odds?

Enter 51-year-old great Roy Jones Jr. His career wasn't as big as Tyson's, but Jones Jr. was just as dominant in his prime. Two of boxing's most impactful performers are squaring off on September 12, 2020. Boxing odds have Mike Tyson at -165 to beat Jones Jr. comes in at +135.

Yes, these two are way past their prime. Yes, expecting a mesmerizing bout between two 50-plus athletes is asking a lot. But no bettor can deny the lure of betting on Mike Tyson odds in a year where so much in sports has been taken away.

Mike Tyson Preview (50 wins, 6 Losses, 44 KOs): -165 Odds to Win

It's not easy for boxing analysts or handicappers to cultivate any strategy on a fight involving Tyson as there is no recent data to reference.

Tyson may be the most dominant and ferocious heavyweight of all time. But he hasn't fought since losing to Kevin McBride 15 years ago. The former heavyweight champion was a -800 favorite in the McBride bout but retired in the sixth after looking well past his prime. The former heavyweight champ retired, stating he didn't want to make a mockery of the sport any longer.

Previous to that was another loss to Danny Williams. Williams was a capable heavyweight but nowhere near the competition that Tyson dominated in the past. Despite Tyson being a -1400 favorite, he was KO'd in the 4th round.

2003 was Tyson's last win, where he had a vintage first-round KO versus Clifford Etienne as a -900 favorite.

Roy Jones Jr. Preview (66 Wins, 9 Losses, 47 KOs): +135 Odds to Win

You could argue Roy Jones Jr. had a boxing career as dominant as Tyson in terms of power and impact. In is prime, Jones Jr. was knocking out opponents with his hands behind his back - see Glen Kelly in 2002. However, where Tyson dominated as a heavyweight most of Jones Jr.'s work was in the light heavyweight division.

Jones Jr. began to slow down when he suffered his first career loss to Antonio Tarver in 2004. He seemed to lose his chin in the final decade-plus of his career, losing eight of his last 17 fights and four of those via KO.

Jones Jr.'s weak, aging, chin may be a problem when he gets in the ring with the hardest hitter of all time - especially when Tyson is a heavyweight.

Jake Paul (-180) vs. Nate Robinson (+140) Odds Preview

Some may call this a pure farce as it involves Youtube personality, Jake Paul. Still, the difference between this bout and Paul's previous fight versus Nate Robinson is that Robinson is an athlete and former NBA player.

Robinson is 5 feet 9 inches, short for the NBA but tall enough to match up well with Paul, who is six feet. Robinson is an avid boxing fan and therefore, will be more than a match for Paul. That said, Robinson is a +140 underdog while Paul comes in as the favorite at -180.

Get all your boxing odds for the September 12, 2020 bout at Bovada Sportsbook!

*Odds as of August 5th, 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.

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