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Almost as old as humanity itself, boxing is a combat sport that garners a global audience and commands huge purses. At Betway, you can bet on bouts from around the world from featherweight to heavyweight.
How to bet on boxing
We offer a wide range of betting options from simple 1x2 result bets to round by round Live betting. Each of our betting options offer the best odds online and placing a bet is quick and easy.
To place a bet on boxing, simply:
- Log in or register an account
- Click on the Boxing icon and browse our selection of bouts
- Select your preferred bout and betting type. Your betslip will be updated automatically
- Complete your betslip and click Bet Now
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Live in-game betting on a bout will be available once the bell has rung for the first round. To place an in-game boxing bet, simply click the Live tab on your homepage or click here.
History of boxing
The origins of modern boxing are well documented and are generally considered to have begun with the acceptance of the Marquess of Queensberry Rules in 1867. However, the true origins of boxing are more difficult to discern.
Some of the earliest representations of the sport can be found in a Sumerian relief discovered in Iraq. The relief is believed to have been created around 3,000 BC making the sport several thousands of years old. The first evidence of gloved boxing was found in Crete and is believed to date back to 1650 BC. The Akrotiri fresco depicts two Minoan youths boxing with ornate black gloves.
The sport is then again seen in Ancient Greece where it was introduced into the Olympics for the first time in 688 BC. Ancient Rome then adopted the sport with combatants utilising leather wraps to protect their hands. Leather studs would later be added to the straps with slaves fighting to death inside hastily drawn circles on the ground. During the gladiatorial period, boxing was outlawed with legislators citing the sport’s excessive brutality.
After Rome outlawed boxing, the sport is largely ignored until the 16th century when it resurfaced in London. The sport of prizefighting was a no holds barred, bareknuckle slugfest that continued until one of the combatants either admitted defeat or was unable to continue. The brutality of the bouts were such that death was often the reason a combatant was unable to continue. In an attempt to mitigate the peril these earlier fighters faced, an early champion of the sport Jack Broughton introduced the first set of boxing rules, the Broughton’s rules in 1743.
Although the introduction of the Broughton’s rules had made the sport safer, prizefighting was still a domain were brutality was common. In 1838, the London Prize Ring Rules changes all that. The new rules outlawed much of the illicit nature of prizefighting including head butting, hitting a man while down, using hard objects in the hands and biting. In 1867 the Marquess of Queensberry rules built on the London Prize Ring Rules adding the need for combatants to wear gloves. The rules ushered in the modern boxing with the Marquess of Queensberry rules remaining largely unchanged to this day.
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