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Joined: 20/04/2006 19:48:23
Messages: 489
Location: Danbury, CT

This is NOT official, but it has basically been a staple in the way title fights have been handled in OB for years.

1) If an established champion loses the title, he gets an immediate rematch if he wants it.

-If the former champion loses the rematch, then the new champion reserves the right not to defend it again immediately. He won the title, and retained it vs the former champion. The new champion is CLEARLY the new champion.

-If the former champion wins the rematch, then he still reserves the right to not defend it immediately vs the person he just lost and won it back from. HOWEVER, it is the respectful thing to settle the dispute in a trilogy. Regardless of whether you lost the title to a random KO unexpectedly, then won the rematch through dominance. You are 1-1 and it is respectful to settle it to determine who deserves the title.

*again, this is not official, just the way it has been for years in OB.

A couple of other notes:

-If you plan to log on and fight for the title, you SHOULD expect to fight a couple of fights. Not log on, suddenly win the title by KO, and then say you have to go. We can all say "ah, it is JUST a game", but in reality it is frustrating.

-If you log on, win the title, and then successfully defend it immediately vs the former champion, you don't have to defend it against them agaim immediately. Some will pressure you into only defending the title vs them 2, 3, 4 times so that hopefully they can get a win.

In conclusion, when it comes to the title, just set out to prove you are the better fighter that day or part of the day.

This is just "traditional" stuff, none of these are "set" rules because it is impossible right now to expect everyone to follow them. This just lets you guys know of what's respectful and what is not.

EDIT: added by Mikkel

Since this question comes up alot:
Here are the rules for title matches as it is today
1) A fight can only be considered a title defense if the contender is in the top 20
2) A champion that doesn't defend within 8 days will be stripped and the vacant title will be given to the highest ranked fighter.
3) If you are given a vacant title you have 24 hours to defend it..after your first defense you have 8 days

Hope this clears things up.

This message was edited 3 times. Last update was at 30/09/2010 23:29:53

RECORD: 3761-1464-101 (3157 KOS)
EXPERIENCE = Throwing body jabs since 2003
STATUS = Officially Retired (2014)
TOUGHEST OPPOSITION: Larry Holmes, Sugarray, Here To Fight, Salvador-Sanchez/El Terrible Morales, Labratory, Mike Tyson, M.A.Barrera
FIGHTINGSTYLE = Defensive Counter Puncher
SIGNATURE COMBO = Lean back jab->long uppercut
OB CLASS = Maybe one day second ballot HOF'er

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