CompuBox Gives Back

By Robert Ecksel on January 14, 2014
CompuBox Gives Back
“The more players who get involved, the more we can donate to Magomed Abdusalamov.”

“We figured we’ll launch our game and we’ll try to do the right thing and help a fighter in need. This is our business. This is what we do…”

There is fantasy football, fantasy baseball, fantasy basketball, and fantasy hockey. In light of all that fantasy, it’s about time that fantasy boxing took a shot at the big four. went live on Jan. 4 and is the only draft-styled fantasy boxing game. An offshoot of CompuBox, the first group of games begins with the HBO tripleheader on Jan. 18, highlighted by the fight between Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, and ends on Feb. 1 when Gennady Golovkin gets it on with Osumanu Adama at Salle des etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

In a rare instance of putting one’s money where one’s mouth is, will donate one dollar to Magomed Abdusalamov for every person that registers. The rehab facility where he currently resides costs $51,000 a month, so every dollar helps, both literally and figuratively.

There is no fee to register. Each participant will get 1000 Throwdown Points that can be used for their monthly Free Roll game for $1000 in cash prizes. The steps below give an idea of what it entails.

Step 1—Choose a Contest

Throwdown Fantasy’s games last about a month a new games start every other week. You choose the game you’d like to enter, and can play for free or for cash. There are no limits on the numbers of games you can play.

Step 2—Draft Your Fighters

Once you’ve chosen your contest you need to pick your fantasy boxing team for that game’s fights. As long as you stay under the salary cap, you can watch your chosen fighter KO the competition.

Step 3—Score the Most Points and Win

When the games start your fighters accumulate points based upon how they perform in actual fights. If your team racks up more points than the competition, you’ll instantly take home the winnings.

For someone who has never played a computer game in their life, someone like me for example, the above might as well be in Greek for all the sense it makes. For that reason I contact Bob Canobbio, founder and president of CompuBox, so that he might lead me through the process.

“I just want to get the word out to as many players as possible,” he says. “The more players who get involved, the more we can donate to Magomed. It’s a win-win situation.”

It’s hard to imagine Magomed winning at this point, but another loss would be devastating.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for years,” admits Canobbio. “I’ve always wanted to get involved with a fantasy game where the stats would be a big component and we finally pulled it together. My son Nic, who has worked with me for ten years now, engineered the nuts and bolts of the game. He spearheaded this whole effort, got behind it, got in touch with the programmer, and really pushed to get this done. We had to find a programmer who could understand the language and put it all together and we finally managed to pull it off. But CompuBox is behind it. We call it Throwdown Fantasy just to give it a catchy name.”

As great as that sounds, I’m still not sure what this is about.

“It’s a draft-style game. It’s not just a pick ‘em game. You have to draft fighters and there’s a price tag on each fighter depending on the matchups and stats we have on that fighter. You get points for a knockout, depending on what round. It’s stats driven as well. That’s what sets it apart. Some of the games out there you basically just look at a bout sheet and pick a winner from the bout sheet, which is fine and dandy. Those are great games. They are what they are. I wanted to take it a step further given our access to stats, which is what CompuBox does and what we’ve been doing for 29 years. There are close to 5000 fighters in our database and we try to stay as current as possible with guys who are active now.

“CompuBox is a labor of love and now we’re more entrenched than ever with the amount of shows and the demand for stats. We’re busier than ever. It beats working, right?”

There is working and there is working, but make no mistake, Canobbio works hard for his money, as do we all.

“I love your site by the way,” he tells me. “It’s pure and straightforward and I really love the old fights and footage, the fights that are sprinkled in, the nostalgia-driven stories—I really love the site. The comments are sometimes as entertaining as the articles themselves.”

On the subject of Abdusalamov, Canobbio says, “To tell you the truth, if you look at the stats, he was throwing punches throughout that fight. He was hurt in the first round. I believe he went back to his corner and made a comment about his nose, ‘What does my face look like?’ So he was concerned that something obviously wasn’t right with the way he felt. But from a statistical standpoint, from a punch output standpoint, he was throwing punches and he was landing some decent shots throughout the fight. So, could the fight have been stopped because of the damage he sustained? Yes, but at no point did I really say to myself, ‘This fight should be stopped,’ only because he was doing what you’re supposed to do to stay alive in a fight—and that’s throw punches.

“He was returning fire, but he was getting the worst of it. Perez had such a good jab that night. And let’s face it, Abdusalamov is not a defensive specialist. I don’t want to kick a guy when he’s down, but he’s not a defensive wizard and was getting hit flush. Some guys manage to roll with a punch or partially block a punch. He was getting hit flush with everything Perez was throwing. From that standpoint, he was taking a beating. But he was throwing back, which I think is part of the reason the referee didn’t stop it. Maybe the doctor or his corner could have, especially when he kept asking about his condition. To me that’s sort of a cry for help. I thought he was in the fight. He was throwing and he was landing, which is part of the criteria for being able to continue in a fight. But after what happened to Abdusalamov and reading about his expenses—it’s just sad, it’s exorbitant—we figured, hey, we’ll launch our game and we’ll try to do the right thing and help a fighter in need. This is our business. This is what we do.”

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  1. Mohummad Humza Elahi 02:20am, 01/15/2014

    Sounds intriguing, will give it a look.  And it definitely is a way for those who feel supremely confident at calling fights to put their money where their mouth is.

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