Ali, Tyson front Fight Night Round 4

EA picks most famous, infamous boxers of all time as cover athletes for latest simulation of sweet science, ships worldwide June 30.

Electronic Arts' latest boxing game, FaceBreaker, featured over-the-top action with a cast of distinctively cartoonish fighters. Today the publisher revealed that its next game, the more straight-faced simulation Fight Night Round 4, will be fronted on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 by two of the most distinctive pugilists of all time.

In an ill-advised move, Ali leads with his ear.

When Fight Night Round 4 ships to retailers worldwide on June 30, the game will feature cover athletes Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. The charismatic Ali "shook up the world" at age 22 with an upset victory over the champ, Sonny Liston. Before his career was done, Ali made three different runs as the undisputed heavyweight champion, including such famous fights as 1974's "Rumble in the Jungle" versus George Foreman and 1975's "Thrilla in Manila" against Joe Frazier.

As much attention as Ali commanded in the ring, "The Greatest" was often the center of attention out of it as well. Never one to shy away from the causes he believes in, Ali has engaged in humanitarian efforts throughout the world. For his charitable works, Ali was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace from 1998-2008, and has been awarded Amnesty International's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor.

Tyson rose to fame even faster than Ali to become the youngest heavyweight champion ever at the age of 20. However, after a shocking loss to James "Buster" Douglas four years later, Tyson's career began its precipitous decline. He was convicted of rape and served a multiyear prison sentence. After that, multiple attempted comebacks were cut short, one notably after Tyson was disqualified for twice biting the ear of his opponent, Evander Holyfield. Tyson lost his boxing license as a result of the infraction.

Starting in December, Electronic Arts polled fans on which of the two boxers they wanted to appear on the cover of Fight Night Round 4. Ali garnered 19 percent of the vote, whereas Tyson claimed more than twice that with 39.8 percent. The remaining 41.2 percent of voters wanted both fighters to share the cover.

Including its two cover stars, Fight Night Round 4 features a roster of more than 40 licensed boxers. EA is also promising a new gameplay engine to put an emphasis on speedy in-ring action and a new career-spanning Legacy Mode for created fighters.

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76 comments
jordanian4eva
jordanian4eva

ali wouldve killed tyson... tyson got ko'd by two other greats in his time lewis and holyfield... ali beat all the greats in his time ... guys like foreman who made tyson look like a fairy...

SportzGamer73
SportzGamer73

i don't think i could have said it better my self SpideR_CentS i highly agree. Ali would embarrass Tyson relentlessly.

SpideR_CentS
SpideR_CentS

Anyone saying Tyson would destroy Ali must be smoking something. Ali would frustrate Tyson to no end then when a hole appeared BANG, Tyson's looking for his mouthguard.

DarthSuk
DarthSuk

please please put in the buttons control opitions how could you not even think do so!!!!!!!!! this comes from me and many many more fans that wont buy this game unless so added!

Zerobeam
Zerobeam

That would be the most classic of all fights if ever there were one, Ali the brain vs. Tyson the brawn. Been waitin for this game since I saw the trailer during the Spike VGAs back in December...my biggest holdup with round 3 was the lackluster career mode, if they fix that for round 4, I'm down

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

I really hope GAmespot isn't saying Tyson is Infamous. Tyson is still the youngest person to ever win a world title. Not to mention Tyson in his prime, would destroy that draft dodging ***** Ali.

BlackSamvara
BlackSamvara

"My style's impetuous, My Defense is impregnable, I want to eat his heart, I wanna eat his children!" Really, No beating around the bush here, I'm quite excited about this game AND the prospect of playing as Kid Dynamite himself. So long as the game play has been accentuated and the online multiplayer is silky smooth It'll be good. As far as Tyson vs. Ali goes, I'd have to say Tyson...

Ghost_702
Ghost_702

All that's left is to deliver a good game and not recycle last round's material.

Gen007
Gen007

man tyson is just so classic for what happened in and out the ring i def want to use him online. It would be really cool if they let you relive the holyfield fight complete with ear bites that would make this game so crazy.

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

Please, let's not forget, Ali beat the Tyson of his time, George (I name all my children George so I don't forget their names) Forman. Forman was a monster in his youth, knocking people out silly. Ali would do the same thing he did with Forman to Tyson, use that agression & tire him out. Rope a dope style. Ali can take punishment, look at his fights with Smoking Joe Frazier. Broken jaw & still standing up to does punches. But I'm glad Tyson is finally in a good game since Punch Out. Long over due. Don't sleep on "Iron Mike". The youngest heavy weight champ ever. Knocking out his first 19 opponents (who does that these days). 12 in the first round. It wasn't if Mike was gonna win but what round will he knock them bums out. I loved watching a Mike Tyson fight. If D'Amato hadn't died so yearly in Tyson's life, I think he would be a much better, mentally stabled, person. He needed that old school leadership. Guess things happen for a reason. Eitherway, I'm glad Tyson has finally been given to us to box with.

-Near-
-Near-

I hope it features robust online

Neo2199
Neo2199

Ali was much faster and a greater technician. Tyson would need to get in and finish Ali in the first two rounds which most likely wouldn't happen as Ali would be aware of Tyson's power. Ali would most likely wear Tyson out and break him down.

gulamh
gulamh

Ali would have been too smart for that beast Tyson.

aBathingApe_
aBathingApe_

WHAT?! Ali would've taken Tyson to the cleaners. Quite possibly in the first or second. Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

necronaux
necronaux

And will Tyson ahe a MK-style finishing move where he bites his opponent?

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

GREAT choice of cover athletes. The good thing is at least neither of these two will suffer career ending injuries from any 'curse'. LOL IMO, Tyson would have mopped up Ali in no more than three. Yes, Holyfield boxed him out, BUT, it took a few years of prison before Holyfield would take a shot at Tyson. And for that other clown from across the pond, lennox lewis, he was a sparring partner for Tyson at one point, and didn't have the stones to get in the ring with Tyson UNTIL he hit rock bottom. Also, Tyson was framed by that SKANK, and by his own behaviour. He may be a s**thead, but that doesn't make it right to frame him and send him up the river. Holyfield and lewis couldn't hold Tyson's jockstrap had he not spent time in prison and don king not ruined this guy almost single handedly. For those reasons, I believe Tyson is the greatest fighter EVER. NO ONE has EVER been more feared in the sport. NO ONE! Had his adoptive father not died, we would be looking at this guy A LOT differently right now. Good job on the cover EA. And thanks for finally getting this guy in your game. I am gonna have a spectacular time kicking that draft dodgers arse! HAHAHA

futures_past
futures_past

*imitating Homer imitating Mr. Burns* "Exquisite*

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

lol I bet Blood Mist has never even played a Fight Night game.....

Smoothy08
Smoothy08

Its gonna be the best boxing game ever released cannot wait.

fester420
fester420

Bloodmist, have you even played fight night?

BloodMist
BloodMist

The game is still going to be a gigantic pile of crap, as all EA sports games are these days.

richioso
richioso

This game better have Joe Calzaghe in it.

crsx
crsx

Yes finally a game where I can BE as Mike Tyson instead of fighting him on Tyson's Punch Out!

AxL_2k7
AxL_2k7

Is the legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez available on this game? XD

tarugista
tarugista

A prime tyson would TKO Ali in 2 rounds! As long as Tyson is in the game...I'm in!!

wooooode
wooooode

Sooner than expected, I was thinking it would release near the holidays.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope this game is just as good as Fight night 3 was

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Fight Night 3 was awesome. I can't believe they actually snagged up Mike Tyson for this game. People can clown him all they want, but he really dominated his opponents in his prime. Ludicrous!

lamprey263
lamprey263

I loved Fight Night Round 3, can't wait for a sequel that would be funny too it Tyson's illegal move in the game was biting the ear off your opponent :P

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Ha, a buddy and myself were thinking just last night of when the next Fight Night would come out. Great to hear it's so early.

Buddarat
Buddarat

I wish EA would put the Face Mapping in the game like Tiger Woods. If we can use our faces on golf, why not Fight Night. Just take your Pic. and load it in the game.

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

@Generic Dude: Amen to that man! I don't condone or like everything Mike Tyson did in his PERSONAL life but, this game will focus on the PROFESSIONAL life and I can't wait to use Ali and kick Tyson butt! I have my eye on this game and I believe it will be REALLY good!

CrazyRabbi
CrazyRabbi

"I'm ready to bite somebody's ear off!!" LMAO

carrett
carrett

I'm ready to bite somebody's ear off!!

Apocalypse324
Apocalypse324

I love it.... Its just the way it should be, Tyson is in the game for his career as a fighter and he was one of the best. His personal life shouldnt have anything to do with him being on the cover. Both Ali and Tyson have earned their way onto Fight Nights cover and its well deserved.

jeggers210
jeggers210

Way to not make me sick of this game by making it every year. I can't wait for this title.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Good vs. evil maybe? In all honesty, Tyson just didn't have the upbringing to handle all the money and fame he received. But I guess that is why he got it all taken from him too.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

It's been to long since the last Fight Night

chrono_wind
chrono_wind

"Tyson claimed more than twice that with 39.8 percent" Looks like a lot voted for Tyson to be the cover. He was an exciting fighter and was quite aggressive. At his prime, he was quite unstoppable and was the definition of a street fighter. I mean heck, Balrog (M Bison) looked EXACTLY like him in SF2. If you took out all of his problems, Then Mike Tyson is perhaps one of the biggest boxing legends around. Quite sad to watch him fall.

cometkd
cometkd

Good move EA tyson is a boxing legend and Ali as well. Leave out his personal affairs out of it. He is on the cover for his boxing career! Again i see nothing wrong with this cover.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Two legends, one cover. I like it. I'm not a fan of Mike Tyson as a person, but he was a hell of a boxer. Really looking forward to seeing how EA plans to top Fight Night Round 3... and to seeing if The King makes a return appearance.

d_brown44
d_brown44

It's is stupid that people have a problem with the cover. Tyson was a force to be reckoned with back in the day until he had the wrong people around him. I guess you have to be to enough to remember. LOL Just like when I was talking about Michael Jackson to some younger kids and they didn't know he used to be black. Just like some one else said. Ali is a legend, nothing else needs to be said.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Considering that when they were both in their prime they were unstoppable, this is a boxing fans dream match. As much as some claim to hate Tyson, there are more boxing game fans that want another chance to play against him other than downloading Punch Out. The crappy Xbox game that was released even got a 2.8 by Gamespot. Sometimes you have to separate the athlete from the person. We allowed Roman Polowski to get an oscar after he fled the country for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. I think we can let Tyson off since he actually paid for his crimes.