Saturday, March 14, 2009
PS3,Xbox 360 Release Date: US & EU TBA 2009 The full list of boxers has not been released, but a few names have been revealed. Muhammad Ali is back again and will be able to enter the ring.
Posted by Jason Weber at 10:15 AM
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that "The Greatest of All Time", Muhammad Ali and "Iron" Mike Tyson will share the cover of one of the most anticipated games of 2009, Fight Night Round 4. Fan voting on www.AliorTyson.com started in late December 2008 and the final results favored having both legends together on the cover. Fight Night Round 4 is being developed under the EA SPORTSTM brand by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C and will ship to retailers worldwide in Summer 2009.
Posted by Jason Weber at 10:07 AM
Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson are the cover athletes for Fight Night Round 4 (FNR4). My first reaction as a Fight Night fan who has waited 3 ½ years for this game was: "perfect choice". In Ali and Tyson, FNR4 has the best two boxers the sport has ever seen on the cover.
What do I think of Muhammad Ali? I think he may be the only boxer that ever really did earn his nickname: "The Greatest". Was there ever a smoother more exciting boxer than Muhammad Ali? If you are thinking about it you can stop. The answer is no. He was mentally tougher than anyone in the game and had more style in the snap of one of his jabs than most athletes will see in their entire career. His bravado made the sport come alive and his interviews were merely a stage for rhymes that were cocky, scathing, poetic, and humorous all at once. Sure they were self-indulgent but he had a right to be because "THE CHAMP IS HERE!" He was the first to make it okay to celebrate being great. For so many athletes that have followed since most have forgotten that Ali earned that right because he was in fact "the greatest of all time."
The Greatest never varied from his game-plan in or out of the ring. To a lot of people from that era he captured uniquely the edge on political, social, cultural, and religious issues and under that microscope and the intense pressure of being at the epicenter of these issues he did something truly great: he remained. Like the eight rounds against George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle", Ali used the "Rope-a Dope" and took every punch that brutal time had to throw only to come-alive in the end, when it mattered most, and win.
Do you really want to know why Ali was "The Greatest"? Just read what he said before that Championship fight with George Foreman in what was then Zaire, Africa:
"I've tustled with a whale.
I done handcuffed lightning
And put thunder in jail.
You know I'm bad.
I have murdered a rock,
I've injured a stone, and hospitalized a brick.
I'm so bad, I make medicine sick.
I'm so fast, man,
I can run through a hurricane and don't get wet.
When George Foreman meets me,
He'll pay his debt.
I can drown the drink of water, and kill a dead tree.
Wait till you see Muhammad Ali."
Plain black shorts. Black gloves. No neck. A towel with a cut through the middle for his head. That is what I picture when I think of Mike Tyson. That kid from New York who spoke like a child, was raised by a boxing trainer (Cus D'Amato) and who obliterated opponents with casual brutality. No one had ever seen anything like Mike Tyson; not before or since.
Where Ali was smooth and cool, Tyson was just dangerous. He was dangerous like an unstable stick of dynamite with a short fuse. Watching Tyson fight you knew he was going to explode and someone was going to get hurt when he did. "Iron" Mike Tyson would waddle into his opponent with both gloves chin high, bend left or right at the waste and then... he would throw a punch with the speed, power and violence of a shuttle launch. You measured Tyson fights in minutes and seconds, not rounds. He had been arrested 38 times before the age of 13. He won his first heavy weight title belt at the age of 18 and unified the title at the age of 20.
Events after Tyson's prime have certainly tainted his image. Where Ali seemed impenetrable out of the ring Tyson was fragile. An Ali interview was wildly entertaining. A Tyson interview was awkward and almost painful to watch. Where Ali always had a plan, Tyson had none. If Ali was "The Greatest", Tyson was "The Meanest".
Posted by Jason Weber at 10:04 AM