There are two parts to this blog, firstly I will be discussing part of the initial process for The Boxing Promoter, secondly I will be discussing the most recent of our Olympic hopefuls 'Joshua Buatsi' as well as the rest of the crop.
But to start with I wanted to continue from my last blog with discussing how The Boxing Promoter came to be, if you read that you will know that I hired a enrolled the help of a development team to build the game. Before proceeding to this stage I had to build a GDD (game design document), this consisted of a 100+ page power-point presentation which included;
- Description of the game
- Target Audience
- Visuals (Of every single page)
- Game Flow
- User Interface
- Inspirations & Similar games
As The Boxing Promoter is a stats based game it also had to include all of the characters, numbers and algorithms (Although these were later changed).
Once I had everything in one document I was able to speak with a couple different development companies, some very large and globally known, others smaller business'. The negotiations between each different company took quite a while as I needed to speak in-depth with each and clear up any questions they had about the game.
Eventually I reached the point where I was ready to sign off an agreement with Cerberus Interactive to develop the game on my behalf, these guys were my preferred choice for a couple of reasons, firstly they were recommended by a friend, secondly they were the most enthusiastic about the project adding extra ideas from the initial conversations.
Hopefully that has given you are really brief look into the early stages of The Boxing Promoter. Next I will continue to discuss the initial stages of developing the game including where I drew inspiration from.
So, lets move onto the second point of this blog... Olympians! Now I will be honest I'm slightly biased in my views of one Olympian (Joshua Buastsi), this is for a couple of reasons, 1) he's from Thorton Heath which is local to me and where I also train 2) he studied at St Mary's Uni (Teddington), Joshua actually studied sports science and graduated back in January, my fiance was in the same sports science class at St Mary's so knows him personally. (Apparently he is just really really quiet).
Putting personal thoughts to one side it was clear for me that Joshua was the most intriguing of all the Olympians, with Buatsi receiving plaudits from just about everyone including Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Anthony Joshua. Many have mentioned that his style is very suited to pro boxing, unlike other Olympians in 2016 Buatsi appeared very fluid and relaxed in the ring, his shot selection seemed very clever and well thought out, on top of this the guy clearly carries good power as scoring KO's in the Olympics is no mean feat... However my understanding is Josh didn't take up boxing until quite late on meaning his amateur career has been short and his general experience doesn't match others (Kelly / Cordina).
Thomas Lyons asked "Do you feel out of the GB stable of olympians, Buatsi has the most potential and talent to fulfill domestic, European, world title ambitions"
I think Buatsi does have more natural talent than the rest of the Olympians (Kelly is the only in my opinion to rival that). If we look at each of the Olympians that have been signed Okolie, Cordina, Kelly, Fowler, Buatsi....
Cordina - Has loads of experience but personally I don't think he has the talent to challenge at the top. I find it strange they are taking things so slow with him considering his experience.
Fowler - Should have been DQ in his first fight for a disgraceful shot on a journeyman fighter, I can see him being in some wars at domestic and European level and maybe competing for a world at one stage.
Kelly - Very interesting style, great match-up with him and Booth. So far he has fought guys with winning records, he hasn't looked great but he's already showing he wants to take risks.
Okolie - I really like this guy and feel a bit sorry for him, I think he's only has like 20 or so amateur fights (Before Olympics)... That's crazy, I think he should have stayed on the GB circuit for longer but I don't blame him for taking the money, so far he has destroyed 3 part time boxers and been hit hard by 2 of them. I think he needs a lot of nurturing.
Buatsi - I think Hearn will grow him down the AJ path pushing all the above fighters to the side, this means that Josh will probably be fast tracked and have cherry picked fights with larger hype, I'm 100% certain that Buatsi will become the next star of matchroom from a hype perspective. He is a good fighter but his limited experience could be an issue when he moves up in levels.
The only other GB Olympian to turn pro would probably KO all of them and that's Nicola Adams... The last Olympian I understand to turn pro will be Joe Joyce who is set to join David Haye's promotion team.
In the next blog I will also discuss some of the upcoming fights nights including how boxing has gone from a major high to a horrendous low in just a couple of months.
Thank you to everyone who has read the blog, I will never profess to be a boxing expert although I do follow the sport very closely, most of the opinions I've shared will probably end up being wrong. I'm always open to any questions about the game or the sport of boxing in general.