3D World Boxing is a boxing game by Simulmondo, apparently an Italian game creator. The game was released in 1995 1992 (I believe now).
It looks rather pretty with shiny EGA VGA (thanks Nameless One) graphics and beautiful sprites. Inbetween matches there are cutscenes of a reporter discussing the fight or your trainer talking to you. It looks pretty but there’s no real point to it. There is also some MIDI music in the background which actually is rather annoying. No further sounds than that though. There’s also no 3D going on, except there’s a bit of depth to the boxing ring perhaps. I suppose it was the time when 3D had that nice ring to it.
As for the fighting itself, I’m not impressed. There is a lot of lag between keypresses and action, and it seems sometimes keypresses are not registered or registered twice. All I found out is that you move with the arrow keys and perform an action (hook, jab, uppercut, clinch your opponent) with the enter key. The action selected seems random to me, though it might be a function of other keypresses or distance. I couldn’t figure it out with all the lag going on.
There’s the option to play single matches or tournaments. I didn’t try tournaments because I could barely win a single match and I don’t see a way of improving. It might be my DOSBox settings causing the lag, but this way, it’s not very playable. 5 out of 10 for the lady carrying the round number.