2 of the Greatest Boxing Upsets in History

2 of the Greatest Boxing Upsets in History - 2 of the Greatest Boxing Upsets in History

In Karate PKF’s previous article, we spoke about tips to follow to increase betting chances in MMA. These tips included looking for the fighter who smiled the most, looking for where the fight is going to take place, and if both fighters had complete training camps.

While these tips lend themselves to statistics, the fact is that in the fight game, anything can happen. In boxing for instance, there have been a great number of upsets that have happened.

Let’s go back in time and look at two of the greatest boxing upsets in history.

Foreman vs. Ali

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The Fight City

While Muhammad Ali is considered one of the best boxers of all time, things weren’t looking so good going into his fight with George Foreman.

Foreman was in his prime. He was a very strong and fearsome competitor who had knockout power in both of his hands. People didn’t think that Ali stood a chance. Apart from Foreman’s abilities, he had also dismantled Smokin’ Joe Frazier recently.

Frazier had trounced Ali before, and watching Foreman just dismantle Frazier was enough to let people think that Ali didn’t stand a chance at all.

However, when the fight began, critics were silenced. They were seeing something special. Using his patented rope-a-dope technique, Ali outfought and outsmarted Foreman. In the later rounds, Foreman was already exhausted.

Ali smelled the blood in the water and went in for the kill. It was a knockout in the eighth round.

Tyson vs. Douglas

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Round By Round Boxing

Everyone knows Mike Tyson as a beast in the boxing ring. His career was a series of impressive displays of knockouts and technique. He was virtually unstoppable. When the fight against Buster Douglas was announced, people brushed it off as another easy win for Tyson.

However, people didn’t see everything happening in Tyson’s life. He had problems in his marriage. His lifestyle was becoming toxic and unhealthy. He even had problems with his management and coaching staff.

All of it was too much, and it became apparent in the ring. Tyson lay on the ground in the 10th round. The underdog Douglas stood as the new Heavyweight Champion to the surprise of everybody.

These boxing upsets just show you that nothing is for certain when it comes to the fight game. You may have all the information before a fight, but in the ring, magic could happen and an upset could occur. This is probably why betting on fight sports is so exciting too.

3 Tips For You To Better Bet on MMA Fights

3 Tips For You To Better Bet on MMA Fights - 3 Tips For You To Better Bet on MMA Fights

As the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White always says, fighting is in our blood. It is indeed a natural urge that people adopt when facing adversity. That is why people can relate to the mixed martial arts (MMA) sport.

Betting on mixed martial arts is more than just looking at the tale of the tape. While the height and weight of the fighters is of course important, the fight game is unpredictable. Anything can happen in that ring or cage.

For betters, betting on a fighter just based solely on their statistics and general physical look is going in there half blind.

Here are a few tips to increase the winning chances of your bets.

Smiles Are Sinful

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This may sound ridiculous. However, a study has been made stating that a fighter who smiles more before the fight – like during media days, weigh-ins, and even coming out to the ring or cage – are statistically more likely to lose the fight.

The wider and more intense the smile, the chances of him or her losing increase. The theory behind it is that when people smile, they tend to lack aggression. It may also indicate submissiveness in their personality.

When the opponents see them smile too, it triggers them to attack with increased aggression as well.


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One factor that you can look at as well is how long the fighters have been preparing for this fight. There are some fights where one fighter only had weeks to prepare versus the other person’s full training camp.

There have been some fighters who took a fight on short notice and won. Again, anything is possible. However, the statistics just don’t add up here.

Location of the Fight

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In every sport, there is always the concept of homefield advantage. This holds true for fighting as well. The cheering of the crowd is a big factor that can help motivate or demotivate the fighters.

However, there is more to it than that. In some cases, the fights will take place in a city that is elevated. This elevation means that air is thinner. This is big for fighters.

If they are not used to training in elevation, then they could run out of gas quickly.

There are more tips for betting on MMA fights. However, these few that we just shared are quite We at Karate PKF hope that you take keep these tips in mind and utilize them to better your betting game.