eWBSS Heavyweight Tournament: Tyson Beats Ali
Boxing fans of all ages have always wondered who the best heavyweight of all time is. World Boxing Super Series attempted to answer the debate by pitting the best v. the best. In the end, “Iron” Mike was able to take down “The People’s Champion” in the former Cassius Clay.
In the finals of the eWBSS Heavyweight Legends tournament finale, Mike Tyson was able to beat Muhammad Ali via unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 114-111, 114-111, 114-111 in favor of Tyson. FIGHT SPORTS scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Ali. WBSS created the week-long tournament through EA Sports’ “Fight Night Champions” video game.
The bout started off hot right away, as Tyson was sent to the ground early in round one following a left hook. He ended up coming back, knocking down Ali in the second and fifth rounds. Tyson was utilizing his jab, while looking for his signature power punches. Ali was also using his power, while gliding past several of Tyson’s attempted blows.
Throughout the middle rounds, the stamina of Tyson was fading. However, it was noticed that Ali’s legs were not planted and felt lopsided. Both fighters gave it their all for twelve rounds, with hard combination punches to the body that affected both men. With Ali down twice, it appeared the judges had a favorable score for Tyson, who utilized left hooks and a tight guard.
Tyson, who rocked Butterbean in the opening round of the tournament, beat George Foreman to advance on on the tournament. 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.
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.
“In these testing and uncertain times, the world is facing unprecedented challenges as we unite against the coronavirus,” said Kalle Sauerland. “With this ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament, we hope we can provide a much-needed distraction for fight fans around the world.”