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Esports Boxing Club is shaping up to be a knockout

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I’m probably going to anger a subset of the population that regularly dresses in Ed Hardy clothing, who’ll be spitting out their EFC-branded creatine protein shakes in disbelief, but friends: Televised MMA tournaments suck. They’re about as exciting as listening to your grandmother moan about the costs of food these days, and 90% of the time they end up with two guys engaging in a sweaty game of floor twister. And don’t get me started on the pre-fight hype reels either, where one guy is guaranteed to mention that he’ll be “throwing bombs” come match day.

Boxing on the other hand? Now that’s where it’s at. Nothing satiates my bloodlust more than watching two bruisers square up, and slip a concussion into the other dude’s face between swift jabs and feints. Boxing has also been criminally underrated in recent memory, as EA’s Fight Night series ended an entire decade ago and the company instead shifted towards producing MMA games under the UFC banner of competition.

Sheffield studio Steel City Interactive plans to change that with its own upcoming take on the sport of kings, with Esports Boxing Club. It’s an awful title, but the actual gameplay looks surprisingly good so far! There’s an impressive level of photorealism on display, while the actual animations of these boxers looks incredibly authentic. You can see some of the game in action below as the studio runs through a few of its systems while iconic strongman Eddie Hall and lethal heavyweight David Adelye go at it.

One of the cool systems inside of Esports Boxing Club is its adrenaline bar, which can be activated once your heart rate hits its maximum BPM. Triggering that bar results in your stamina being restored and also slightly shortened, allowing you to unleash a flurry of punches. The adrenaline bar has to be used sparingly though or you’ll find your fighter completely out of fuel in just a handful of rounds.

The game looks to be shaping up nicely so far, and includes a number of features that you’d be looking for in any boxing game. With EA chucking real-life boxers into its UFC games, ESBC looks set to be the purest version of the sport in video game form and seeing it lay all its cards on the table in the video above in a matter-of-fact style is a refreshing change of pace. It’ll be headed to Steam Early Access at a later date.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go duck some roid rage EFC fans who want to throw cans of Monster Energy Drink at my head for mocking MMA.

Last Updated: March 31, 2021

14 Comments

  1. D, you prefer boxing over MMA?!?!

    Well, you do like pro wrestling…

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      March 30, 2021 at 12:45

      I trained in a bit of MMA, and I must say, boxing is vastly more entertaining to watch as a sport.

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      • Original Heretic

        March 30, 2021 at 13:56

        Yeah I’m gonna have to disagree. I much prefer MMA.
        I find boxing to be quite boring to watch in comparison.
        To each their own, hey?

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        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          March 31, 2021 at 04:04

          For sure brother, a ballet enthusiast would disagree with both of us lol

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        • The D

          March 31, 2021 at 05:13

          Yup! As Gr8 Balls says, boxing is just more entertaining to watch. I know MMA is more functionally useful, but the focus on fisticuffs in boxing just has a much better and adrenaline-charged spectacle for me to sink my eyes into.

          Plus I’ve been on the receiving end of boxing gloves lol, so I’m bias when it comes to the sport.

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      March 30, 2021 at 12:45

      I trained in a bit of MMA, and I must say, boxing is vastly more entertaining to watch as a sport.

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  2. BradeLunner

    March 30, 2021 at 10:42

    Since these are games we´re talking about, I think it would be more fun to have a “realistic” fighting game where it´s the different disciplines vs each other; eg: Boxing vs MMA, Karate vs Muay Thai type stuff. I mean we had that game which pitched warriors from different era´s against each other, cool concept.

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      March 30, 2021 at 12:45

      I would buy that game

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      • BradeLunner

        March 30, 2021 at 12:48

        for a dollar!

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        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          March 31, 2021 at 04:12

          Onwy figh dowwar!

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  3. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    March 30, 2021 at 12:46

    Fight Night was CRIMINALLY underrated! What a masterful series

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    • The D

      March 31, 2021 at 05:14

      What I loved doing in Fight Night Round 4, was playing as a heavyweight and choosing a Bantamweight brawler for an exhibition match. The original Onepunch-Man, I’d dare to say.

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      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        March 31, 2021 at 05:25

        I remember doing that! Brutalol

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  4. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    March 30, 2021 at 12:46

    Fight Night was CRIMINALLY underrated! What a masterful series

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