Enhanced Odds, Free Bets, Money Back Offers and Bonuses for the Biggest Boxing and UFC Fights – George Groves v Callum Smith, 29 September 2018

Boxing has been around in some form or other almost as long as humanity itself. When it all started, it hardly stuck to the Marquess of Queensbury Rules, but you can be fairly certain even the earliest organised fights from Ancient Greece and even earlier attracted people betting on the outcome.

Nowadays boxing – and indeed betting on boxing – is big business. As, increasingly, is the more recent phenomenon of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship, a mixed martial arts organisation).

As such, the bookies have started to come up with some very nice betting offers for the biggest fights in both boxing and UFC. Here we bring you the best boxing betting offers and previews ahead of the next big fight. Check out what’s on offer.

George Groves v Callum Smith Tips and Betting Offers, Friday 28th September 2018, King Abdullah Sports City, Kick off: 9pm

Can George Groves solidify his place at the top of the super-middleweight division when he meets Callum Smith this weekend? The pair clash in their division’s final of the World Boxing Super Series, which pits the current star against rising talent Smith. Will this be a changing of the guard, or a reinforcement of Gorves’ current position at the top?

George Groves v Callum Smith Betting Tips

  • Fight to go the Distance at 4/6 with Betfair
  • Smith to win at 5/4 with Coral

Preview

George Groves has been picked as the favourite here, and he can be found at 8/11 with bet365 to claim a victory. Coral are offering 5/4 on a win for Smith, while the draw is out at 20/1 with Ladbrokes. After all the trouble getting to this fight, many will be praying it doesn’t finish level.

The bout was due to take place in June, before delays took hold. Groves had surgery on an injured shoulder, and he subsequently asked for a delay. A month long extension has given way to much more, and here we are three months later seeing the fight finally take place. The pair have jetted off to Saudi Arabia for this one, as it’s taking place in Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, a 10,000 capacity arena. While this is a battle between two UK fighters, it’s also a high profile encounter across the world. They’re fighting to dominate the super-middleweight division, but who will come out on top?

Betting Verdict

These two have flown around the world, and we expect them to make the most out of this venue. Smith has fought this far thanks to two victories on points, while Groves won his semi-final via decision too. We are clearly in for a close battle given the pre-fight odds, and we’re expecting them to take their time here. We think the best bet on this clash is to back it to go all the way, as we see the pair lasting all 12 rounds. It’s priced at 4/6 with Betfair to go the distance, and that’s our first tip here.

We’re also backing the outsider to manage to claim a win. He’s not too far off Groves in the betting, and given how the favourite spent so long out with a shoulder injury, he’s bound to be vulnerable. We think there’s a huge opportunity here for Smith, who has seen world title challenges from his bothers Liam and Paul. He’s unlikely to be overwhelmed by the occasion, and we’re backing him to come out on top this weekend. He’s priced at 5/4 with Coral for the win.

What Boxing Bets Can I Place?

As with most major sports these days, there are literally hundreds of different betting markets offered by the top bookies that you can choose from. We won’t go through them all, but here are the main boxing (and UFC) betting markets.

  • Winner – This is the most popular market and is simply a bet on which of the two fighters will win the bout – or indeed whether it will end in a (rare) draw. The method of victory is not important, it can be by knockout, on points, by disqualification or anything else, the important thing is simply which fighter is declared the winner at the end of the fight.
  • Method of Victory – Often you will find that boxing or UFC fights are very one-sided in the ‘winner’ market so it can pay to look elsewhere to get better odds. The ‘method of victory’ market is a popular alternative to the main ‘winner’ market and allows the punter to pick the fighter they think will win coupled with the method of that win, either KO, TKO, on points, by disqualification or some combination of those. You can often also just pick the method of victory without stating which fighter you think will win, obviously at reduced odds.
  • Round Betting – The ‘round betting’ market can offer some great odds by allowing you to pick in which round your chosen fighter will triumph.
  • Round Group Betting – As above, but here the rounds are grouped (e.g. rounds 4-7 or 8-11 or whatever) to give you a better chance of success, but at reduced odds.
  • Total Rounds – Here you are betting not on which fighter will win but just how long the fight will go on for. These bets are splits into different over/under categories, e.g. over 3.5 rounds (four or more rounds) or under 3.5 rounds (three rounds or fewer).
  • To Be Knocked Down – You can bet on either one of the fighters (or indeed both) to be knocked down at some point during the fight.
  • To Go The Distance – A simple bet on whether or not the fight will go the distance.

What are the different Boxing Weight Classes?

In professional boxing there are 18 recognised weight classes, and though some of these vary between the various sanctioning bodies, most are agreed upon as follows, with the maximum weight limit in kilograms – we’re using the classes as defined by the World Boxing Association (WBA):

  • Heavyweight – Unlimited
  • Cruiserweight – 90.72 kg
  • Light Heavyweight – 79.38 kg
  • Super Middleweight – 76.2 kg
  • Middleweight – 72.57 kg
  • Super Welterweight – 69.85 kg
  • Welterweight – 66.68 kg
  • Super Lightweight – 63.5 kg
  • Lightweight – 61.23 kg
  • Super Featherweight – 58.97 kg
  • Featherweight – 57.15 kg
  • Super Bantamweight – 55.34 kg
  • Bantamweight – 53.52 kg
  • Super Flyweight – 52.16 kg
  • Flyweight – 50.8 kg
  • Light Flyweight – 48.99 kg
  • Minimumweight – 47.63 kg
  • Light Minimumweight – 46.27 kg

When you are betting on boxing or UFC it’s very important to do your homework. Seeking out the betting value is the best way to earn a profit. Of course, using the best free bet offers can help skew the odds in your favour too!