Sports fans in the USA are really excited and emotional when it comes to boxing. And it is justified because most of the greatest fighters that ever lived on the planet are Americans.
And that is why people love betting on their fights. Most of the time, the fights were described as easy wins, which is why it is tempting for fans to bet on them.
The only problem was that in some places sports betting was illegal, most notably New Jersey.
But, in 2011, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill that enabled people that are over 21 to participate in online betting in New Jersey, which makes it even more accessible to those who love sports through the internet.
Overall, there were many fights in recent years that were spectacular, due to the fact that they were highly anticipated, included champions fighting for titles, made huge profits, and were popular for fans that love to bet.
This article will take a look at some of the legendary matches that took place in recent years, and how people took the opportunity to try and make themselves a fortune out of the fights. These fights were popular with betting because the opponents were so good, that it was almost impossible to predict the winner, hence the odds were great and tempting.
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury
After battling with depression and alcohol and substance abuse, Tyson Fury finally managed to get back on his feet and return to the boxing world. But, the return had a high obstacle. Wilder is one of the best fighters at the moment and he has the perfect score with no defeats. Tyson Fury had a tough opponent. The fight was popular with fans, and bets just came out storming. The people were really divided as to who is going to win, but in the end, the match ended up as a draw. Wilder has managed to keep up with a legendary fighter, and Fury managed to come out as victorious from a dark place.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Álvarez
To this day, Canelo’s only career defeat is against Floyd Mayweather. Their fight was a real spectacle, even though fans favored Floyd as a winner. Nevertheless, Canelo put a nice show and made it really hard for Mayweather to keep the title as a champion. Of course, Mexican fans favored Canelo and most of them put their money on him, but unfortunately, they lost. Some reports showed that 90% of the bets received at online betting sites in Mexico favored Canelo. Today, Canelo is a real champion and dominates his division, but has faced some problems with IBF recently, leaving many professionals to stir up controversy over the problem.
The heavyweight fight of the century. As Klitschko was getting ready to retire, Joshua came out as an underdog who had a perfect score up to that date. The fight between the two was one of the best fights of all times, leaving both fighters bruised and injured. Fans got a lot more than they expected. It was one of the most betted heavyweight fights of all time. And it truly was a spectacle. Klitschko lost the fight and retired a couple of months later, but the respect towards him after the fight was tremendous because he showed the true heart of a champion.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Connor McGregor
Probably a fight that no one ever thought it would happen, but it did. Connor went to the boxing world to challenge Floyd in a boxing match. The fight was one of the most profitable fight in the history of boxing, and that was Floyd’s last ever professional match. Mayweather won the fight in the 11th round and retired with a perfect 50-0 score. For the betting fans, the fight was a thing of beauty, as they flooded the betting sites to place their wagers.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
The fight of the century. Words cannot even describe how people felt when the fight was official. Two of the best fighters, not only in their time but overall in boxing history. Millions and millions of people tuned in to watch the legendary scenes as Mayweather and Pacquiao sized up in the ring. People literally had no clue who was going to win, because both of them were favorites for the title. Betting sites reported record-breaking bets on this match. Mayweather came out victorious, but there was a lot of controversy surrounding the win, with many claiming that the real winner was actually Manny. There are still a lot of rumors involving a rematch, but Mayweather is not keen on it. He even trash-talked Pacquiao after the fight vs. Thurman and we are yet to see if a rematch will ever take place.