Boxing fans were caught in a heavyweight EA Fight Night Champion tournament – and Mike Tyson against Muhammad Ali in the final was a thriller.
Both had been destructively dominant in the World Boxing Super Series eTournament – a fun counterpoint to the eight-man real-life competitions that WBSS stages.
Tyson had fed Butterbean – a controversial inclusion – a diet of brutal punches, before sending Big George Foreman back on the grill. Ali destroyed Evander Holyfield, then detonated old rival Sonny Liston.
Now “The Greatest” and “The Baddest Man on the Planet” have met in a dream finale.
A cagey first round ended shockingly when Ali captured and dropped Tyson just before the bell. Demonstrating that it was a fatal blow – and crushing the pre-fight rumors that he wasn’t taking training seriously – Tyson got up and returned immediately.
A titanic right hand sent Ali, with his usual iron chin, to the canvas in the second round and the couple had exchanged surprise shots.
Ali controlled the ranged fight with his swift blow until the fifth round, when he was visibly injured by a monstrous left hook – widely seen as his cryptonite – then shot down with a sequel to the right.
The three-time heavyweight champion has risen and halfway, eboxing connoisseurs were already calling this contest an all-time classic.
The ferocious rhythm could not keep up and both men began to tire along the stretch, their bodies simply carrying vehicles for the incredible desire on display. A close decision was inevitable, but the end result was still a shock.
The result after a 12-round war was Tyson by decision, 114-111 on all three scorecards. It was an extraordinary achievement considering – with Iron Mike’s initial power and Ali’s famous stamina – most experts thought that a ranged fight would be suitable for Ali.
The big man seemed upset by the judges, while Tyson jumped into the ring after raising his arm. Ironically, he received the eAli Trophy named after the man he had conquered, although most viewers agreed that eboxing was the real winner.
Fight-hungry fans now long for revenge, even though eDave Allen is said to be the mandatory challenger for the new champion.