Top 10 Best Boxing Video Games of all time

These are the best boxing video games of all time, do you agree?

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Boxing is the most exciting sport and that's why it makes the perfect video game when done right.

From the golden age of console gaming to the latest in realistic simulation, there's been several heavy hitters, though when it's all said and done what is the best boxing video game of all time?

10. Creed: Rise to Glory 

In the VR Boxing game Creed: Rise to Glory which is based on the popular film franchise, you control Adonis Creed and compete against the world's top fighters to cement your boxing legacy.

Rise to Glory includes several game modes including a story driven campaign which chronicles Adonis' rise from underdog to world class fighter as he trains under Rocky Balboa and steps into the ring with famous faces from the Rocky and Creed films.

9. Victorious Boxers: Ippo's Road to Glory

Victorious Boxers: Ippo’s Road to Glory is a boxing game based on Japanese Manga The Hajime no Ippo.

Although Victorious Boxers has a cartoonish anime art style, it's a surprisingly deep boxing game with a good mixture of simulation and arcade-style mechanics.

As Ippo Macunouchi you start off with a novice move-set, but as you win fights, you gain experience, learn new moves and face tough boxing rivals in a lengthy story mode that keeps on giving.

8. Ready 2 Rumble 

One of the funniest video games out there is Ready 2 Rumble, an arcade-style boxing game featuring a memorable cast of charismatic characters and equally flamboyant action.

Ready 2 Rumble isn't a boxing simulation game and doesn't take itself seriously, but there's plenty of fun to be had with the game's button-mashy gameplay and boxer's wild movesets. 

Plus adding boxing personality Michael Buffer as the game's official fight announcer was the cherry on top of the cake.

7. Super Punch-Out! 

The Super Nintendo era arrived with new and improved versions of classic NES games upgraded from 8-bit to 16-bit. One of those titles was Nintendo's boxing game Super Punch-Out. 

Super Punch-Out followed the same formula as it's predecessor with vastly improved graphics, high quality sound and new boxers for Little Mac to knockout on the road to the WVBA championship.

Everything that made the previous game a huge hit remains in this sequel, such as punching and dodging against colourful opponents of increasing difficulty.

6. Punch-Out Wii 

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After a long hiatus, Little Mac and his eccentric opponents got a worthy graphical upgrade in 2009's Punch-Out!! Courtesy of Next Level Games.

Nintendo revive a throwback boxing IP that makes use of the Wiimote, Nunchuk and Wii Balance Board to produce a decent workout regime, as you climb the ranks of the World Video Boxing Association once more with the underdog boxer. 

This reboot was everything that fans could have asked for and introduced a new generation of gamers to an all time classic tweaked with modern adjustments, vibrant graphics and stellar voice acting.

5. Knockout Kings 2001 (2000)

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Knockout Kings was the spiritual predecessor to the Fight Night series. EA produced five games between 98-2003, however many will agree that Knockout Kings 2001 was the cream of the crop. 

Featuring a huge roster of boxing legends, while delivering much more punch than it's predecessor with better graphics, improved controls and a better balance between fun and realism, Knockout Kings 2001  stayed true to the nature of the sport.

4. Fight Night Round 3 

The third instalment in EA’s Fight Night series, Fight Night Round 3 was player's first look at a boxing game with refined HD graphics. Regarded as one of the most beloved entries, Round 3 took everything from the first two games and cranked it up a notch.

3. Fight Night Round 4 

In 2009 Fight Night Round 4 returned after a three year hiatus with slick graphics, satisfying controls and even more realism, as EA exceeded the already high mark set by 2006's Fight Night Round 3 in every possible way.

Fight Night Round 4 was a big step up thanks to the newly added physics engine that pushed the series forward and revolutionised the future of boxing games.

2. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

The granddaddy of console boxing games, Nintendo took a gamble when they attached a young Mike Tyson to their boxing game. But it all paid off as Tyson's name drew attention to Punch-Out!! as it moved from arcade cabinets to NES cartridges in 1987.

Alongside Mike Tyson's household name, the addictive gameplay and challenging opponents who got bigger, stronger, meaner and weirder made this classic boxing game a hit with gamers regardless of their affinity for the sport.

 Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! will always be remembered as one of the best boxing games due to its underdog values, challenging fights and the opportunity to take down the champ.

1. Fight Night Champion

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Fight Night Champion is considered by many to be the best boxing game ever due to it's compelling story mode, realistic game-play, and addictive online mode.

It was the first EA Sports game to receive a Mature rating from the ESRB, and that's because of it's gritty story that doesn't sugar-coat how brutal the boxing world can be at times. Champion mode follows Andre Bishop, a promising young boxer whose career is halted by corruption and treachery. 

Another highlight of Fight Night Champion is the realistic physics engine, which accurately imitates the effect of punches on the body and head of fighters. This makes for a more realistic and intuitive boxing match, as players must tactically attack their foe's weak spots to get the upper hand.

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