Fans of boxing who want to bet on the big fight have the thrilling option of participating in a market nearly always referred to as the Method of Victory market.
It is straightforward, easy to grasp, and, for the most part, explains itself, much like many of the most popular betting alternatives in any sport. In light of this, whether you are new to boxing, betting, or both, we will walk you through all you need to know about this fantastic additional betting option.
Your bet is a winner regardless of how or when your selected boxer achieves victory in boxing’s most popular market, which is simply predicting who will win a bout. Another typical kind of wagering is called a round bet; in it, you make a prediction about who will win and when they will win. The market we are examining here is a prediction about who will win and how they will do so, and the round in which it occurs is immaterial to this forecast.
In spite of the fact that bookies have kindly agreed on the name of the market (more or less), they sometimes stick to different possibilities inside it. In general, the following alternatives will be made available by most of the main boxing betting sites; however, there may be occasions when you see more possibilities and others when you see fewer options, and certain bookmakers may organize things in slightly different ways. Despite this, the majority of the largest bookmakers will allow you to choose from the following options:
- Fight 1 will be won by either a judge’s decision or a technical knockout.
- Fighter 2 will prevail by popular vote or a judge’s technical judgment.
- Fighter 1 will emerge victorious by knockout, technical knockout, or disqualification.
- It is expected that Fighter 2 will win through knockout, technical knockout, or disqualification.
A tie or a draw, depending on the rules
As is the case with all markets, the odds will change from fight to fight based on prognostications about how the match will unfold, and they will also vary from one bookmaker to the next. To give you an idea of what type of odds this market may throw up, let us construct an imaginary cruiserweight battle between two roughly equivalent fighters.
In the case we are examining, Gary Hardshell is the clear favorite, with odds of 1/2, while Trevor Tootough is listed at 6/4, and the draw is listed at the much higher price of 18/1. Even though both fighters are cruiserweights and have strong knockout percentages, the bout is considered to have a 4/6 chance of going the full distance. It is 11/10 to end inside the first 12 rounds, which indicates that the bookmakers say there is a high possibility it will go to points, but there is also a significant chance that it will be stopped. The following table presents the indicative odds for each method of victory in such a fight:
|METHOD OF VICTORY||ODDS|
|Gary Hardashell by decision or technical decision||5/4|
|Trevor Tootough by decision or technical decision|
|Gary Hardashell by by knockout, technical knockout or disqualification||11/4|
|Trevor Tootough by knockout, technical knockout or disqualification|
|Draw or technical draw|
While the odds may vary widely based on the fighting styles of both competitors, this is a great market to participate in when you are certain that you already know who will win and are looking for a means to boost the payoff. When a bout has all the makings of going the distance, it is a good idea to increase your odds by betting on your favored fighter to win based on the judges’ scorecards.
Conversely, betting on a heavy favorite well-known for their hard striking and expecting them to win by knockout, technical knockout, or disqualification is a great approach to accomplish the same thing. The increase in odds may only sometimes be substantial, depending on how the bookmakers evaluate the fight, but it will almost never be so little as to make betting on the fight appear pointless.
What Do All of These Various Choices Mean?
Again, if you are a huge fan of boxing or wager on the sport frequently, this may seem like something that should go without saying to you. On the other hand, if there are any newcomers among you, I will now explain each of the typical methods of victory alternatives. It is important to keep in mind that the official result of the contest, as declared by the match referee, will be used by all bookmakers to settle this market.
To Make A Choice Or To Make A Technical Decision
The term “decision” refers to the simple fact that the winner of the battle did so by accruing more points than their opponent. Now that the fight has concluded after the prescribed number of rounds, the outcome will be determined by the scorecards kept by the judges (or, in certain cases, the referee). There are three possible outcomes for a decision: unanimous (all three judges agree on the winner), split (two judges favor one fighter and the third favors the other), or majority (two judges tend one fighter and the third favor the other) (two judges award the fight to one fighter and the other makes it a draw). Regardless of the result reached by the three judges, a victory by a decision may be defined as the accumulation of any number of point victories.
The battle is called off owing to an injury not inflicted by a blow, the only circumstance under which a fight may end in a technical decision. This kind of judgment is far less often than others. The vast majority of the time, this results from an inadvertent head butt. At this point in the fight, the scorecards are brought out for the judges to look at if a certain (varying) number of rounds have been completed. A technical decision determines the fight’s winner, and it is whoever was in the lead at the time of the decision. If the stipulated number of rounds still needs to be completed, the contest will be considered a draw on technical grounds (see below).
Disqualification, Victory by Knockout, or a Technical Knockout
The vast majority of people know the most about knockouts in terms of how a fighter may win a fight, namely by knocking out their opponent. A knockout victory (KO) is the most dramatic, thrilling, and prestigious method to win a fight. While it may be considered a fairly barbarous goal, knocking out your opponent is not required to earn a victory by knockout. A KO is the most entertaining way to win a fight. It will be considered a knockout victory for the opposing fighter if they cannot get back up before the referee finishes counting to three.
The typical scenario in which a boxer is given a knockout through technical knockout, or TKO, is when the referee determines that the combatant cannot continue fighting during the round. Often, this occurs after a knockdown, when the fighter may beat the count but continues to be wobbly on their feet or seems unable to communicate.
Suppose one of the combatants seems unable to defend themselves or is getting an especially severe pounding that might be harmful. In that case, the referee can stop the fight, which would result in a technical knockout. A technical knockout may also be awarded to the victor in some bouts when one of the boxers suffers three knockdowns in the same round. The fight will be ruled a technical knockout if the fighter is stopped by their corner at any time during the battle, whether in the middle of a round or between games.
The last option within this selection falls into a much less complicated category. The referee will normally disqualify a fighter for repeated foul play. Still, in rare cases, they may do so for a particularly significant or blatant infraction of the rules. If this occurs, the opposing fighter is given the win by disqualification.
Draw Or Technical Draw
A technical draw is granted when the fight is stopped early due to an injury not caused by a punch, but not enough rounds have occurred for a decision to be made. This often occurs before the start of the fifth round, although the timing might shift.
The second instance in which a technical draw is granted is when the fight is halted early, and the judges cannot differentiate between the combatants, despite good rounds for a judgment to be rendered. In this situation, the fight will go to points before all of the rounds have been contested, and it will be decided as a draw on those scorecards.
After the battle has gone to the judgment of the judges, there are a number of different ways that it might end in a draw, whether it be a technical draw or a draw after 12 rounds (or whatever many rounds the fight was planned for). A draw by the majority indicates that two of the judges scored the bout as a tie between the two competitors. In spite of the fact that a third judge scored the fight in favor of one of the boxers engaged, the other two scored it as a draw, and because of this, the rewards are split evenly amongst the three boxers.
Each of the three judges gives the bout a different score, resulting in a split tie. One of the judges decides that the winner is the blue corner, another chooses the red corner, and the third judge declares a tie. The conclusion is, once again, that there was no clear victor, making it a tie overall (or a technical draw if the fight was stopped early).
The third and last method that judges might award a draw is when all three of them cannot differentiate between the two fighters. This is the least likely of all the ways judges can award a draw. There is no clear winner on any of the three judges’ cards, so the battle is scored a unanimous draw (or technical draw).
Method of Victory Rules and Regulations
This is, for the most part, a straightforward market, and there is not a great deal for punters to be concerned about since most regulations are already covered by the definitions we have supplied above. The decision given by the referee or announcer after the bout will serve as the deciding factor in determining the winner. The outcome of the bet will not be affected in any way by any modifications or appeals to this ruling.
The specific guidelines that govern what will occur if any adjustments are made to the fight differ from one bookmaker to the next. It is reasonable to assume that if there is a change to either fighter, the bet will be worthless, but if there is an unexpected change to the number of planned rounds, many bookmakers will allow bets to stand. If a fight is postponed due to injuries acquired during training camps, which is not an extremely rare occurrence, bets often hold if the bout is rescheduled within a specific time; nevertheless, the policies of various bookmakers might vary widely in this regard.
Last but not least, in the very unlikely case that a fight is ruled a no contest, bookmakers would often declare any bets placed on the winner’s manner of victory to be null and invalid. A result like this might result from a double disqualification, or it could result from some extraordinary and unforeseeable incident, such as the referee knocking out one of the combatants.