Best bookmaker for boxing
Leading tipster site Betting Expert compared bookmakers’ offerings for the recent Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury fight, exploring their markets and odds to determine the best in the UK.
Boxing is one of the biggest sports worldwide, and betting on boxing has increased dramatically in recent years. That’s particularly true of the biggest and most highly anticipated fights, where operators tend to offer a bigger range of markets and promotions.
To determine the best bookmaker for boxing, we studied what was available for the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, two of the biggest names in boxing. We looked at what was available at the UK’s top bookmakers. The operators we tested were:
We analysed the odds available for fight winner, fight result and round betting, along with the number of individual markets available.
Our research was carried out on 17-18 February, 2020.
Overall best bookmaker for Wilder vs. Fury betting
One of the biggest fights of the year, the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury bout captured the imagination of viewers and bettors alike. Bookmakers typically offer a much bigger range of odds and markets on the biggest fights, along with a variety of promotions and bonus opportunities.
According to the research we conducted, the overall top three bookmakers for Wilder vs. Fury were as follows.
#1 – 888sport
#2 – William Hill
#3 – Mr Green
As the above shows, 888sport offered the best all-round betting experience for Wilder vs. Fury.
888sport performed well in all categories considered. In particular, it offered more betting markets on this particular fight than most of its competitors.
888sport also shared the number one spot for best fight result odds. For this category, we analysed and compared the odds for both boxers to win by knockout, technical knockout and disqualification, along with the odds for decision, technical decision and the draw.
This operator, along with Mr Green, Unibet and LeoVegas, also occupied the number one spot in terms of offering the lowest commission on this market.
In second place overall was William Hill. William Hill scored well in two categories in particular. The first was its round betting odds. It offered the lowest commission on this market by some distance.
It also offered low commission in the fight winner category. Betfair came out on top here, with William Hill sharing second place alongside Paddy Power, Coral and Ladbrokes.
In third place overall was Mr Green. This might come as a surprise to some, but in our bookmaker comparisons, we’ve found that Mr Green generally performs well against its more established competitors in a number of categories.
It may be better known for its online casino, but we have been impressed by its sportsbook in general and its offerings on this fight in particular. It was one of four operators to offer the lowest commission in the fight result market and was just behind those operators listed above in the best fight winner odds category.
Best fight winner odds
Let’s discuss the fight winner odds category in more detail. Arguably the most popular market when betting on boxing, finding the most competitive fight winner odds is important to punters.
From our research, we found that the following bookmakers offered the best odds and lowest commission in the fight winner market.
#1 – Betfair
#2 – Paddy Power
#2 – Coral
#2 – William Hill
#2 – Ladbrokes
As you can see from the list above, Betfair offered the best odds, taking zero commission on the Wilder vs. Fury bout. Betfair is famous for both its standard sportsbook and its betting exchange, and the results for this category show why it’s so well regarded.
This list is interesting, as it contains some of the most popular and famous bookmakers in the UK. For other bookmaker comparisons we’ve conducted, we’ve often found that some of the smaller bookmakers performed better than their more established competitors.
However, in this comparison of one of the biggest sporting events of the year, the more experienced bookies, in general, performed much better.
Best fight results odds
As we touched upon earlier, for this category we considered the odds on both fighters to win by KO, TKO and disqualification, both fighters to win by decision or technical decision, and the draw or technical draw.
Four operators shared the top spot in this category:
#1 – Mr Green
#1 – Unibet
#1 – 888sport
#1 – LeoVegas
While the fight winner market is the most popular, the fight results market can offer a great deal more value to bettors. As the list above shows, the top spot is shared by two of our overall top three, 888sport and Mr Green, along with Unibet and LeoVegas.
Best round betting odds
Let’s now look at which operators offered the best odds in the round betting market.
The best odds were found at the following bookmakers:
#1 – William Hill
#2 – Marathonbet
#3 – BetVictor
When analysing this market, we found the greatest difference in odds between bookmakers than on any other market.
While 888sport, William Hill and Mr Green were the top three overall, we’d like to point out that Unibet and LeoVegas came very close to breaking into our top three for boxing results. Both operators performed well in many categories, particularly fight result odds.
In addition, some bookmakers offered more markets than others, which could be a deciding factor for some punters. We found Paddy Power offered the highest number of different markets, followed by 888sport and Sky Bet.
Offering a good range of markets is important. Other operators would have performed much better overall in our comparison if more exotic markets were available.
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