Louis, Ali & Jack Johnson – First Round Action

All-Time Heavyweight Champions Tournament – 1st Round Results
Title Bout Championship Boxing Computer Simulation
The program used to simulate The Boxing Magazine.com dream fights runs in compiled basic. It consists of several thousand lines of code and over two-dozen routines and sub-routines – cross checking factors such as, ring position, the fighter’s physical condition, accumulated damage, status of cuts and any special strategies that may be employed. Almost 100 variables are constantly monitored during a given fight.

Joe Louis vs Shannon Briggs
Briggs looks like a deer caught in headlights as the opening round gets underway.  He survives a rocky opening stanza and seems to be surprised to be making his way to ring center as round two gets underway. By the third, Biggs realizes the “Brown Bomber” is just a man after all (even though he hasn’t won either round). By the fourth, Briggs gains a little confidence and starts throwing more punches.  A right cross drops Briggs on his back in the 5th, and Louis finishes the job with unerring efficiency at the 2:45 mark. Shannon’s cornermen fill him in on the details of his defeat as they walk back towards the dressing room. (Louis KO5)

Muhammad Ali vs. Trevor Berbick
A prime Ali does what the “post-prime” version couldn’t do in the Bahamas. Beat Trevor Berbick. Ali breaks down Berbick over the course of the 15-round fight and the outcome is never in doubt. A three-punch combination sends Berbick to the floor in the 15th and final round. Berbick, swollen badly around both eyes and bleeding profusely from a cut over the right eye from the 9th round on – has no answers. He tries unsuccessfully to lift his exhausted carcass off the floor before referee Stanley Christodoulou’s count reaches ten. Ali’s alive and well and living in the All-Time Heavyweight Champions Tournament. (Ali KO15)

Jack Johnson vs. Ingemar Johansson
It’s no surprise when we conclude there’s no way on planet earth that Ingo’s going to outpoint “Lil Arthur.” What we’re wondering is, what will happen if he lands his “Ingo’s Bingo” directly on Johnson’s chin. As this one turned out, we were still wondering when – in the 12th round, an thoroughly “pounded” Johansson went down for the count of 9 after being ripped by a Johnson combination that finished with a ripping uppercut. Johansson rose at 9 but was, for all intensive purposes, done for the night. With Johansson’s right reduced to the impact of the marshmallow from the 13th on, Johnson turned up the heat in the 14th and dropped Johansson for good in the 15th and final round. (Johnson KO15)

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