Boxing has hit the bonus board with a Wilder, Fury promotion!
The Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury heavyweight championship bout in Las Vegas has accomplished something few fights do. It encouraged a gambling outfit, FOXBet, to use boxing to drive a bonus.
Wilder-Fury 2, a rematch of their electrifying 2018 draw, prompted a small, but symbolic, move by FOXBet.
Here is the pitch.
FOXBet Wilder, Fury Promotion Offer – 3 Minutes to Win it!
If the Fight Goes Past Round 1 – Bet $25 to win $50
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- Must have made a deposit to qualify. The promotional bet has to be your first bet.
- Bet on 3 Minutes to Win it – If the Fight Goes Past Round 1 – Bet $25 to win $50.
- Your $25 Free Bet will be credited on Monday, February 24th, 2020 by noon EST.
FOXBet is confident of providing the $25 bonus. Wilder is 33-1 and Fury 66-1 to win in the opening round.
The bonus amount may be small, but the symbolism is not. This is a betting breakthrough for boxing, which has struggled to lure gamblers on most fights because of the absence of a point spread.
A loser can’t really “cover”, which is a prime ingredient for betting.
That’s the same ideology for FOXBet Sportsbook. The book will hook new customers with the Wilder Fury promotion bonus that exposes bettors to other options across all sports.
Beyond the bonus, for example, there are interesting plays here.
- A Wilder knockdown is -118.
- Not bad odds, considering he had two in the first fight.
FOXBet has group-rounds wagering. Wilder’s odds are between 6-1 and 11-1 for anyone picking the three-round period in which he would stop Fury. Numbers are 12-1 to 25-1 in group-rounds betting for Fury to score a knockout.
Will both fighters go down? Interesting prop. It’s 7-1 for yes.
Wilder, Fury Promotion Odds Boosts
This is a great moneyline betting fight. Wilder is slightly favored, but it was close to pick-em for most of the past two weeks. Wilder was inching up toward 6-5 status late in the week. But for much of the wagering period, the moneyline rivaled that of an NFL spread. Close to -110.
For Wilder-Fury, select the right fighter and one is practically guaranteed to double his/her money.
Yet the props are also tantalizing.
- Wilder winning a decision pays in the 8-1 and 9-1 neighborhood, even though the fight is considered even on paper.
Props reflect the belief that Wilder’s victory is a knockout and Fury’s is a decision. It would not be “Wilderly” contrarian, however, to pick him by decision.
Fury was cut badly in the third round of his last fight, a 2019 win over Otto Wallin. He gamely survived for the last nine rounds but would probably not be able to hold Wilder off that long. A similar cut would put Fury dangerously in the path of Wilder’s powerful jab.
This is a battle of undefeated heavyweights who have 71 wins. Wilder has been the WBC heavyweight champion since 2015, when he won by decision vs Bermane Stiverne at the same MGM Grand Arena where he’ll fight Saturday.
Wilder had never fought past four rounds when he went 12 and won by decision vs Stiverne, a highly unlikely successful jump in rounds.
Two years later, Wilder fought Stiverne in a rematch. And stopped him in one round.
- Wilder is 42-0-1 with 41 knockouts.
- Fury is 29-0-1 with 20 knockouts.
Fury became prominent at the same time as Wilder. He toppled Vladimir Klitschko, the world’s top heavyweight, in 2015.
Fury is 6-foot-9. Wilder is 6-foot-7. They both had to box more than a slugfest in the first fight because neither had a real height advantage. Fury outboxed Wilder and was en route to victory but Wilder knocked him down in the 9th and 12th rounds. What propelled this rematch was Fury bravely getting up from what appeared to be a finishing blow in the 12th.
The winner of this fight will be lobbying Anthony Joshua, who has three of the four heavyweight belts, for a fight this year. If either fighter wins in dramatic fashion, a battle with Joshua would be enormous in terms of public support.
While other books did not follow the FOXBet route, they are promoting the fight in their weekly dispatches.
DraftKings – Expectation of a KO
- DraftKings pays +120 for the fight to go the distance.
- Odds of not going the distance is -162, meaning a bettor essentially lays 8-5.
Rather than do that, one may be enticed to select the right fighter for the knockout.
- Wilder is +125 and Fury is +550.
A Wilder decision pays handsomely within the context of this rivalry.
- It returns 9-1, while Fury is +170.
Their first fight went 12 rounds and Wilder was outboxed before stealing the draw with two late knockdowns. This prop reflects doubt that he can box and win, but that’s nonetheless quite a return.
Wilder received 71% of the money and 76% of the tickets by mid-week.
William Hill – Wilder’s The Man
Similar sentiment unfolds at William Hill, with 75% of the moneyline tickets and 70% of the money on Wilder.
This book has a unique approach to rounds wagering, a series of over-under bets determined in half-rounds. That breaks the three-minute round into a pair of 1:30 blocks.
Think of the anxiety and intensity for a bettor watching a referee on the verge of stopping a fight somewhere near the 1:30 mark of the round you’ve picked as a knockout round.
- A stoppage at 1:29 rewards the under.
- At 1:31, it pays the over.
PlaySugarHouse – Fast and Furious
Here’s an electrifying prop. Will the fight end in the first 59 seconds?
The site has an interesting bet of whether either fighter an be dropped and still win. Fury would pay 5-1, Wilder 9-1.