In order to shake things up a bit, World Boxing Super Series has gotten itself involved in the esports business. Through EA Sports’ “Fight Night Champions” video game. WBSS was able to create a virtual system that pitted boxing’s best heavyweights against one another.
In the finals of the heavyweight tournament, Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali squared off. The debate between the two has raged on for years. A video game settled it, with Tyson beat Ali via unanimous decision (114-111, 114-111, 114-111). Ali’s stamina faded early as Tyson moved forward. Knocking down Ali twice, the judges were able to give the edge to Tyson.
When it came to who actually would win in a fight, Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) picked Ali (56-5) by a landslide. Speaking with Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, Tyson knew the three-time lineal champion would have had his number.
“I know it’s a fantasy game. Most likely I would win the fantasy, I wouldn’t win the real fight,” Tyson stated. “Ali’s the greatest there’s ever been.”
During the eWBSS, Tyson rocked Butterbean in the opening round of the tournament and beat George Foreman to advance on. Ali beat Evander Holyfield in five rounds in the first round of the tournament. He was supposed to face Joe Frazier in the semi-finals, but Frazier “withdrew” due to undisclosed reasons. “Sonny” Liston took his spot, and Ali ended up beating him in five.
Tyson would end up winning the heavyweight title at 20, becoming the youngest star to do so. One of the most ferocious stars in the sport, he was also the most controversial. Ali, who was put in jail for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, both in general and the heavyweight division.
At its peak, Ali v. Tyson was watched by over 8.8k people on the WBSS Facebook page. The goal was to entertain fans who are home or are scared as a result of the coronavirus.
Who would you give the competitive edge to when it comes to Tyson v. Ali?