Boxing experience Thrill of the Fight is the toughest game I played, it got my heart rate the highest, and even though the graphics were a bit cheesy I ended up totally immersed. Between rounds of one fight, I nearly sat down on the virtual stool in my corner of the ring.
The hands-on experience begins when you start the app and see the menus explaining how the game works. Instead of pointing your controllers at buttons on the menus (most games have you aim them like laser guns), you walk directly up to the menu screens and touch them with your virtual hands, which are already wearing boxing gloves.
You’re in a small gym with a garage-like feel. A coach stands off to the side, watching you but not speaking. There’s a locker room area, a dummy you can practice punches on, and an elevated boxing ring. Choose an opponent to fight, and suddenly you’re in one corner of the ring with a small crowd gathered around. You throw punches, and try not to get punched. If you do take a hit, the world fades a bit, goes black and white, and you (if you are like me) back away from your opponent for a minute while you try to get your bearings.
I won three rounds against my opponent, but it was exhausting. I hit him when I could, and kept moving toward him, trying to keep the pressure on. I found myself constantly pushing into the far corner of my Guardian, which the game helpfully draws as a red rectangle on the virtual ring’s floor. I needed to punch and punch again and not get punched myself. The audience was watching, my coach judging silently. I didn’t want to fuck this up. I didn’t want to get punched. If you want to get your heart rate up, or just be a little bit terrified for a short interval workout, play Thrill of the Fight.
Everything on the internet was wild last week. There were wild pants, wild boxing matches, and criminals who act wild on YouTube, so let’s dive in. Oh, and Loki is alive again.
Last week in wardrobe malfunctions: Pants problems plague plutocrats
It was been a big week for pants problems on the internet, starting with the bizarre appearance of former president Donald Trump’s slacks. The former most-powerful-person-on-earth spoke at a Republican event in North Carolina sporting such strange-looking pants, internet wags began wondering if he was hiding an adult diaper, or if he’d killed his tailor. But the most popular theory was that Trump had put his pants on backwards, perhaps in tribute to 1990s one-hit wonders Kriss Kross.
Sadly, the rumor probably isn’t true. According to the internet fact-checkers at Snopes.com, “photographs taken at the event and published by the visual media company Getty Images clearly show the former president on stage wearing pants with a zipper in the front.”
That really kills the buzz, but it’s still kind of funny that supporters are defending a former president by saying, “See? He does know the fly goes in front.”
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The second pants-related internet flap of the week involved Adam Aron, the CEO of AMC, who seems to have neglected to wear pants at all during a recent video interview. During an appearance on Trey Collins’ YouTube show, Aron’s webcam seems to fall over, giving a brief glimpse below his neat shirt and tie, revealing bare, old-white-dude legs. It’s still not known whether Aron was wearing teeny shorts, underwear, or nothing at all, and so far, the CEO has declined to comment.
Personally, I think the “accidental” fall of the webcam was calculated to draw even more internet attention to AMC. Aron has been pretty enthusiastic about his company’s recent meme-friendly-cash influx, and what better way to keep the meme-dollars flowing in than become a meme yourself?
Last week in meme-sports: Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
YouTube celebrity Logan Paul stepped into the ring with retired, undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. this week, earning 20 million bucks for dancing around for eight rounds in an exhibition match. Despite Paul outweighing Mayweather by 40 pounds and being nearly two decades his junior, the match ended in a draw as there were no judges or scoring and no one got knocked out.
Mayweather, who reportedly took home 100 million for the “fight,” retains his undefeated record, although how much of his legacy as a great boxer remains intact is open to debate.
Boxing has a long history of ridiculous showbiz bouts—Muhammad Ali vs. Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki, Rocky Balboa vs. Clubber Lang—but this one is notable for both its scale (over a million people streamed the pay-per-view fight, presumably, hoping to see Paul knocked out) and the blatancy of the cynicism. No one is even bothering to pretend it was anything but a money-grab. Mayweather summed it up best in a post-fight interview when he said, “They say, ‘It’s not all about the money.’ Well, your kids can’t eat legacy…The patches on my trunks [earned me] $30 million alone.”
“When it comes to legalized bank robbing, I’m the best,” he added.
This week in streaming: Loki comes to Disney+
Marvel and Disney continue their full-frontal assault on all entertainment with the release of Loki, a MCU series featuring the trickster god of the title teaming up with a group of metaphysical cops to catch a temporal criminal who is disrupting the timeline of the universe.
Loki’s high concept—ages ago, nameless gods created a heavily armed, all-powerful bureaucracy to punish anyone who alters the central timeline—helps explain how a character who died several films ago is back, and the light tone is a perfect fit for Loki. I’m not even a huge superhero movie guy, but watching unpredictable trickster Loki confronting the banal oppression of an overbearing bureaucracy makes great television. It’s like going to the DMV armed with an infinity stone.
This week in video games: Battlefield 2024 reveal trailer
Gamers everywhere are flipping the hell out over the reveal video for upcoming shooter Battlefield 2042. The trailer is all in-engine footage and shows off lasers, wingsuits, robot dogs, high-tech hover-tanks, fighter jets, a helicopter being taken out by an ATV driven off a skyscraper, and a battle that takes place inside of a tornado. I’m exhausted just watching it.
Battlefield 2042 will feature online battles with 128 players that can be played across platforms, destructible environments, and dynamic weather like sandstorms and a freakin’ tornado. I think I need a towel and a cold drink. It launches on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles on October 22, just in time for the holiday, buying-everything season.
Viral video of the week: What pretending to be crazy looks like
The almighty YouTube algorithm is feeding just about everyone a fascinating video from JCS- Criminal Psychology called “What pretending to be crazy looks like.” The hour-long crime documentary presents uncut interrogation footage with minimal narration, and if you’ve ever wondered what it looks and sounds like when suspects try to beat their raps by acting crazy, prepare to be taken deep inside the interrogation chambers of three suspects, one of whom was eventually deemed legally insane, and two others who aren’t fooling anyone, least of all their interrogators. It’s a deep dive down a very specific rabbit hole, and as a true crime fan, I’m totally here for it. If you have a spare 20 hours or so, check out the rest of JCS – Criminal Psychology. These are the best things on YouTube, hands down.
MC Mary Kom crashed to a narrow split-decision defeat against Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaibay in the women’s 51kg final at the Asian Boxing Championships, in Dubai on Sunday. The legendary Indian boxer has won the silver medal. The six-time world champion defeated Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg in the semifinals on Thursday. Meanwhile, Lalbuatsaihi (64kg) also won silver medal in her category, losing to Milana Safronova. Two other Indians also have gold medal bouts on Sunday; Pooja Rani (75kg), Anupama (+81kg). Pooja received a walkover in her semi-final clash, and will face Uzbekistan’s Mavluda Movlonova in the summit clash.
Asian Boxing Championships Women’s Singles Finals Live Updates from Dubai
Round 1: Pooja Rani will be aiming to dominate!
Pooja Rani is looking pretty sharp right from the start, and will be aiming to cement some domination. Good balance by the Indian!
Women’s Middle (69-76kg) final: Next up is Pooja Rani!
Pooja Rani is up against Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan. Can the Indian grab a gold medal?
Valentina Khalzova wins!
Valentina Khalzova defeated Navbhakor Khamidova to win her final of Women’s Welter (64-69kg) by an unanimous decision!
Women’s Welter (64-69kg) Final!
Kazakhstan’s Valentina Khalzova is currently up against Navbakhor Khamidova (Uzbekistan) in the final!
Round 3: Lalbuatsaihi loses in the final!
Kazakhstan’s Milana Safronova has won the final (3:2) against Lalbuatsaihi in the Women’s Light Welter (60-64kg).
Round 3 begins!
It has been a good start for both boxers. Now it all depends on who puts in a good showing in Round 3!
Round 2: Lalbuatsaihi needs to increase the pressure!
Lalbuatsaihi is making her opponent pay with some terrific punches. Round 2 done!
Round 2 begins!
Lalbuatsaihi was a little inaccurate in the prevous round, now its all upto her to keep up her effort and test Milana Safronova!
Round 1: Good showing by Lalbuatsaihi!
The young Lalbuatsaihi has been fast and shown Milaana Safronova what she is capable of doing! Some fast punches thrown!
Round 1 begins!
The young Lalbuatsaihi doesn’t have anything to lose against the vastly experience Milana Safronova, and its showing in the final of Women’s Light Welter (60-64kg) right now. The Indian’s free-flowing style is a treat to watch!
Next up is Lalbuatsaihi’s bout!
In the next bout, Lalbuatsaihi (India) faces Kazakhstan’s Milana Safronova in the final of Women’s Light Welter (60-64kg).
Rimma Volossenko gets her gold medal
Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volossenko sealed a first round knockout win over Huswatun Hasanah (Indonesia) in the final of Women’s Light (57-60kg). She gets her gold medal now!
Sitora Turdidekova gets her gold medal!
Sitora Turdibekova of Uzbekistan defeated Vladislava Kukhta (Kazakhstan) in the final of Women’s Feather (54-57kg) final. She has received her gold medal.
Sakshi gets her bronze medal!
Dina Zholman received her gold medal for Women’s Feather (54-57kg) final. She defeated Sitora Shogdarova in the final. India’s Sakshi also received her bronze medal. She lost to Zholman in the semi-final.
MC Mary Kom receives her silver medal!
Mary Kom receives her silver medal in the 51kg Women’s Fly category. She lost in the final to Nazym Kyzaibay.
Medal ceremony for completed events!
The medal ceremony for the 48kg category is going on right now!
Rimma Volossenko wins!
Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volossenko wins by a first round knockout vs Huswatun Hasanah (Indonesia) in the final of Women’s Light (57-60kg).
Next up is the Women’s Light (57-60kg) category final!
Huswatun Hasanah (Indonesia) faces Rimma Volossenko (Kazakhstan) in the final of Women’s Light (57-60kg).
Sitora Turdibekova wins!
Sitora Turdibekova of Uzbekistan defeated Kazakhstan’s Vladislava Kukhta in the final of Women’s Feather (54-57kg) category.
Time for Women’s Feather (54-57kg) Final!
In the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) final, Kazakhstan’s Vladislava Kukhta faces Uzbekistan’s Sitora Turdibekova!
Dina Zholman wins!!
In the Women’s Bantam (51-54kg) category, Dina Zholman defeated Sitora Shogdarova in the final (3:2).
Next up is the Women’s Bantam (51-54kg) final!
In the next summit bout, Kazakhstan Dina Zholaman faces Uzbekistan’s Sitora Shogdarova in the final of Women’s Bantam (51-54kg).
MC Mary Kom loses by split decision!
Nazym Kyzaibay has won by split decision against MC Mary Kom in the final of Women’s Fly event (48-51kg).
Round 3: The final round begins!
Mary Kom has increased her aggression and has begun to throw this big punches. Nazym Kyzaibay has been forced to a defensive stance in this round.
Good technique in Round 2!
Nazym Kyzaibay tried to go all in during Round 2, but couldn’t really get past the defensive stance of Mary Kom. There was some good faking by Kyzaibay, but Mary Kom’s footwork were a treat to watch for fans!
Round 2 begins!
The Round 2 has begun and Nazym Kyzaibay seems like she is reeling to pressure. This is what Mary Kom wants; her opponents to be out of stamina in the latter stages! Good tactics by the Indian legend!
Round 1: Mary Kom ends it on a good note!
Good sparring in Round 1, and it was the defensive stance from Mary Kom. Her experience came into the foray as she absorbed her opponent’s punches and threw her own! A good round for the veteran Indian boxer!
Round 1 begins!
Mary Kom has taken a defensive stance in the opening stages and is maintaining her distance. It is well-known that she usually increases her aggression after the first round!
Now its time for Mary Kom!!
The Indian boxer is entering the ring and looks geared up for her Women’s Fly (48-51kg) final bout against Nazym Kyzaibay.
Women’s Light Fly (45-48 kg) – Alia Balkibekova Wins
The first final bout is over, with Kazakhstan’s Alia Balkibekova winning the gold medal in Women’s Light Fly (45-48 kg). She defeated Uzbekistan’s Gulasal Sultonalieva.
9. Women’s Light Heavy (75-81kg): [RED] RUZMETOVA SOKHIBA (UZB) vs [BLUE] FARIZA SHOLTAY (KAZ)
10. Women’s Heavy (81+kg): [RED] ANUPAMA (IND) vs [BLUE] LAZZAT KUNGEIBAYEVA (KAZ)
Mary Kom’s upcoming opponent: Nazym Kyzaibay
Meanwhile, Mary Kom’s upcoming opponent Nazym Kyzaibay is a two-time world champion. She cruised past Sri Lanka’s Nadeeka Pushpakumari in the semi-final, wich the bout stopped by the referee in the first round itself.
Mary Kom’s semi-final clash
Mary Kom had to defeat Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg, 4-1, on Thursday in her semi-final chash on Thursday. The Indian boxer had a slow start and soon settled down. The veteran increased her aggression in the second round and then blitzed past her opponent in the third round.
Hello and good evening everyone!
Hello and good evening everyone! Welcome to our live coverage of the 2021 Asian Boxing Championships’ gold medal fixtures of MC Mary Kom, Pooja Rani, Anupama and Lalbuatsahi. All four boxers will be aiming for a win, with legendary Indian boxer Mary Kom aiming for her sixth gold medal. Stay tuned for further updates!