Title Bout Session Report
Tournament of 16, #1 versus #3 seeds
Some amount of research and categorizing was conducted in an attempt to compile a tournament of the more prolific heavy weight boxer cards contained within Title Bout. Note this is current only through the 1970s. The criteria, in no specific order, were A) at least 50 fights, B) having at some point been champion, or C) some special factor that precluded inclusion into the first two. I found four ‘wild card’ fighters that didn’t meet either A) or B), but felt they deserved to be in this tournament. The results provided a field of 16.
I then ranked the fighters 1-4, basing their record and reputation upon seeding. The four wild cards were considered #4 seeds. The only conscious decision after the seeding was to try to pit fighters from different eras against each other. This started with the top seeds (of which five fighters deserved #1 status), so the decision was made that #1 would face #3, and #2 would match up with the wild cards / #4. After that, subsequent seeding worked backwards. The wild cards rounded out the brackets.
Each round would be scored using the 10-point system, with all Advanced Rules except no home crowd or HP advantage. Strategy Card use would be determined by random number and would be generated for each fighter by way of the action cards. If the number were odd, a strategy would be used. In the first Session Report submitted earlier, strategy used would be determined by the more frequent strategies available, until the remaining available were equal in availability, and then a d6 would be rolled. Also the use of Strategy was skipped in the 1st Round. This Session Report was modified so that a conscious decision was applied if one strategy was more appropriate, but still determined by odd number. 1st round Strategy was also allowed.
The match ups for this report are:
A: Bracket #1 Jack “The Manassa Mauler” Dempsey vs. Sonny “The Bear” Liston
B: Bracket #2 Joe “the Brown Bomber” Louis vs. George Foreman
C: Bracket #3 Max “The Livermore Larruper” Baer vs. Jack “Little Arthur” Johnson
D: Bracket #4 Muhammad Ali vs. Tommy Burns
A: This match up promised to show case two of the fiercest men to ever step into the ring. More than a match-up of brute force, both men possessed great boxing form and style. Each fighter had the ability to bring AND sustain a slugging barrage as well as display footwork and canvas class. The question was; which fighting style would we see?
Early rounds: As round 1 began, Sonny favored the slugging style while Jack moved about the ring with grace and flair. Both fighters were tentative. That changed in round 2 when Jack adopted the Knock Out Strategy. Sonny was able to counter almost punch for punch, but it would seem that this round would haunt him for much of the fight. Both fighters managed to at one time or another force the other onto the ropes and inflict solid punching combinations. Each fighter scored over 20 points, but the card clearly favored Dempsey due to a Random Check result. Jack “the Manassa Mauler” at one time threw a right so forcefully, he injured his hand, weakening him in that regard the rest of the fight. Sonny buckled Dempsey’s knees in the 3rd, however Dempsey recovered to split the round. In the 4th round, Dempsey dominated by Fighting Inside, however Liston managed to land a devastating series of blows that led to a lot of clinching on Jack’s part. The card was scored, and Sonny began to edge Jack in points. In the 5th, Sonny “the Bear” tried to leverage his command of the bout by going for the Knockout. A pair of combinations staggered Jack again, but Sonny then injured his hand as well, rendering his right punches ineffective for the remainder of the fight.
Middle Rounds: The 6th through 10th rounds belonged to Jack. With both fighters managing injuries, Dempsey provided classic domination; going for the Knockout twice, and Fighting Inside once again to weaken Liston’s endurance. The strategy paid off, but didn’t force a knock out. To much of Sonny’s credit and determination, he was knocked down in the 6th, but the ref short counted him and the fight resumed. Dempsey’s relentless punching and control of the ring prevented any serious counter from Sonny. At the end of 10, the card read 97, 96, 98 in favor of Dempsey over Liston’s 92, 95, 96.
Late Rounds: Surviving on limited endurance, Sonny came out in the 11th and 12th rounds to send the crowd into a frenzy! Ignoring obvious pain, both from Dempsey’s last half dozen rounds and his injured wrist, Liston put together two remarkable Knockout attempts. But his right punches just could not deliver. Dempsey was able to counter enough with his own combinations and upper cuts to see that both rounds, while going to Liston, would not allow him to catch up in points.
Sonny survived those two rounds, but with endurance spent, he could not carry the surge any further. Jack controlled the last three rounds, ultimately wearing down Sonny. Give credit to Liston for an incredible fight, but the decision was unanimous in the end. 145/144/146 in favor of Dempsey over Liston at 139/142/144.
B: Another classic match-up of fighting legends from different eras, this bout pitted George Foreman against the legendary Joe Louis. Both fighters had success in their careers employing either boxing and brawling strategies, but for Foremen to compete, he would be best suited as a brawler. Louis did the same.
Again through the randomness of introducing strategy cards, Foreman was able to utilize his Knock Out strategies and did so often in the early rounds. Louis started the fight in the same vein, and neither fighter had an edge at the end of round 1. However Forman did bloody the nose of Joe. In the 2nd round, while no strategies were used, Louis amassed enough solid punches to force a TKO check of Foreman, which proved no threat. Worried about another pummeling in the 3rd round, Foreman adopted a Cover Up strategy, which enabled “the Brown Bomber” to only land two solid punches. The strategy worked, and George then adopted the Knock Out strategy in rounds 4 and 5. Joe couldn’t keep up with the pace, scoring a paltry 22 points over the next two rounds compared to Foreman’s’ incredible 50 points (with a 10/10/10 to 7/7/7 beating in the 5th). In a stunning upset that shook the Geek Boxing world, the referee stopped the fight at the end of the fifth round and credited Foreman with a Knockout. In the aftermath, Joe’s corner screamed in protest, and a random card was drawn. Unbelievably the random Number was 78 (TKO)! Foreman advances in the biggest upset to be seen in Round 1, regardless of how the other bouts play out. The final card was in favor of Foreman 47/46/50 to 45/46/46 over Louis.
C: While both fighters enjoyed success in their day, this match up was a bit unbalanced as after completing the score sheet, Jack had a staggering Punches Landed advantage of 1-46 compared to Baer’s measly 1-33. This was the largest disparity in the first round of the tournament.
Only in the 1st round, using the Knock Out strategy, did Max “The Livermore Larruper” enjoy a lead on the card. The 2nd round was a draw, as neither fighter connected very often. Through 2 rounds, Max had connected on 8 punches, and Jack on only 5.
Over the next 2 rounds, Jack “Little Arthur” used Fighting Inside and Knock Out to great success. Most of his punches connected, while very few of Baer’s even connected. In these last two rounds, Jack landed 13 punches for a total of 45 points (benefiting from sucessful KO random results) against 5 and 15 for Max. The point total was more than enough of the minimum 42 needed for a TKO. The Referee called the fight after 4 in favor of Jack Johnson. The final card read 39/38/39 in favor of Johnson to Baer’s 37/38/38.
D: Once again the chance to pit champions from different eras is covered in this match-up. Tommy Burns, a short and stocky former champ, gets to face off against one of the sport’s best-known fighters from the golden era of boxing, Muhammad Ali. Ali surprised everyone by adopting the role of slugger, while Burns opted as a boxer. Both fighters have good defensive ratings, yet would Ali’s control and cutting factor counter his lesser Aggressive rating? It was time to find out.
In Round 1, Burns came out with the Knockout Strategy, and immediately put the hurt to Ali. Ali weathered the round and managed a flurry of punches in the final few Fast Action Cards to prevent the round from being a wash. Burns scored just enough punches to merit a TKO check, which failed.
In the 2nd round, Ali adopted the Cover Up strategy to No Strategy from Burns. In spite of this, Ali managed enough landed punches due to ‘loss of Control’ by Burns to score more points. The round went to Ali, and thus began the domination for the remainder of the fight.
Over the next 3 rounds, Ali busted Burns in the nose each and every round, perhaps breaking it. He also worked the ring, pinning Burns on the ropes several times and managed to combine enough punches for Killer Instinct twice. In the 4th, Ali went for the Knockout, and Burns opted to Cover Up. Ali kept racking up the points and winning rounds. In the 5th, Ali took his fight inside, and Burns took a beating. In all, Ali landed 13 punches with devastating affect to Burns 7. After the bell, the referee went to Burns corner and called the fight. Ali had amassed 59 points over three rounds to force the TKO. The final card had Ali up in points 49/49/49 to 45/45/45 for Burns.
Advancing to the next round are Dempsey, Foreman, Jack Johnson and Ali.
Wonderful session report. I hope you'll consider posting this and your previous session report on the TitleBout yahoogroup mailing list as I think you'll find a very interested audience there (especially now that list traffic has picked up). Well done.