Bookie Batterer


The numbers don’t lie, and it’s clear that football beats boxing hands down worldwide. More people have become quite enthralled with the world of football, eagerly picking a team to back and cheering it on through the championships. Why has this been the case, and why are fewer people opting to venture into the world of boxing? We look at some of the key motivations behind these patterns:

Why Football Takes the Lead

Looking at the global sports fanbases, you can tell that football has the upper hand. It’s even evident when it comes to the bookies. There is a clear favorite when you compare the best UK football betting offers to the options available to other sports. Boxing barely comes close to football. If anything, cricket comes a close second, but even it can barely take the top spot as its popularity is central to specific regions, i.e., England, India, South Africa, etc. But when you look at the football fanbase, you can tell it transcends all continents, save for the USA, where American football takes the lead. 

Why are the numbers in favor of football?

  1. Football is Home to Personalities

Unlike boxing, where one individual is at the forefront, football teams comprise several individuals. You have the coach, the manager, the players, the top fans, etc. So, fans are always in for quite a treat as they can see the team dynamics playing out in each game. 

Some of the most prominent personalities are:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo, 
  • Sadio Mane,
  • Karim Benzema,
  • Mohamed Salah, and
  • Harry Kane.

Watching the players work together to beat their opponents is fun. And sometimes, history is made right in front of the fans’ eyes – penalty shootouts, goals from impossible angles. At other times, it’s pure comedy – remember when Suarez would bite those who got in his way? The football makeup is always entertaining, and some fans even watch the games, waiting for that one moment that will be the talk of the town.

  1. Boxing Ends at Anytime

The concept of the knockout is fun. However, that means that the game can end at any given time. A fan could have just settled into their seat, eager to see how the event plays out, only for their favorite to get knocked out in the first round. It happens more often than not, and while to the winner goes the spoils, it also cuts short the fan experiences. Football is much more guided as it follows a very structured timeline. You have two halves, extra time, penalties, and whatnot. At any given time, a fan can know that they can sit down and watch a match for at least 90 minutes.

Moreover, fans can easily follow the game’s progress based on the goals, yellow cards, red cards, substitutes, etc. It’s much more involving than a boxing match where the game can end abruptly. Plus, it also paves the way for live bets, allowing punters to regain their capital if they had earlier made bad bets. And this guarantee prompts many people to favor football over boxing.

  1. Football’s Legends Face Each Other

In boxing, there is often talk about super fights where the most renowned boxers will go head-to-head with each other. However, given that many fighters would rather avoid a situation where they lose their street cred, many shy away from such matches. So, organizers talk about the prospects of these matches, drag the talks for years, and eventually (if fans are lucky) agree to have a match on a set date. It takes a lot of organizing, and one small mishap can throw the entire event off. But with football, fans do not need to be on the edges of their seats, hoping to watch the best players face off. Every season, the fans watch the best teams battle it out for the supreme win, and nothing compares to the excitement surrounding these games.

When it comes down to it, football is the more reliable, more structured, and more entertaining sport for most people worldwide. It also helps that it features a wide range of leagues that keep fans occupied throughout the year in readiness for the World Cup.


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