Neo League 476 - #477: Heavy D! vs Roberto

Description: Roberto, fully aware that he'd probably lose the fight, decides to challenge the leader of his team in the jungles of Panama. When it's all said and done, Roberto comes out of it a better fighter if not the winner. (Winner: Heavy D!)

If you were to ask why Roberto was here in the middle of the jungles of Panama, he would tell you that this fight wasn't about Neo League points. He specifically chose Heavy D! as his opponent because he wanted to improve which would not happen if he fought fighters below his level. He also wanted someone he could trust to put him down if things got insane. But he has no fears of that happening. A fight that took place at Taiyo has given confidence in his ability to maintain his sanity even if he didn't win.

As he approaches the fight location, he hefts a mesh bag of soccer balls over his shoulder. There is no audience, just Roberto and the camera man so there will be no show boating either he'll just empty the bag and toss the bag aside as he waits for D!

D!, himself, isn't too long in coming. It's a hassle to traverse the jungle like this, but soon enough, he finds the specified location. Muttering, his own duffle slung over his back, he looks over to the cameraman, then to Roberto. "So it's just us then," he says, stating the obvious before dropping his back behind him, popping his neck a little. "You sure you want to do this?" he asks his teammate, rolling a shoulder as he tries to work out all the kinks he built up walking through to this place.

"Positive," Roberto says he cracks his neck to relieve the stiffness he was feeling there. He continues to watch the boxer as he goes through his stretches. When he's feeling loose he, allows his body to settle into a goalie's ready stance as he watches and waits.

"Besides, I'll be ok..." And on paper, Roberto probably will be okay. Even if his fight against Maki didn't count, it showed that he was capable of standing toe to toe with her. Plus he doesn't really mind coming into this fight as an underdog.

Roberto takes a deep breath and beckons Heavy D! in. "I'm ready when you are, D!" Looks like the Soccer Star is ready to go.

Heavy D! nods, working out the kinks in his own body still, watching Roberto as he settles into a ready position in front of him. Well, if he wants. Still, D!'s had the training with Roberto to have a good idea of the kid's limits. That's what makes him have second thoughts about this. "Just know, I'm not gonna hold back on you," he says, slowly settling down into his guard as he watches Roberto carefully, fists coming up in front of his face and presenting a tight boxer's guard.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD has started a fight here.

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HeavyD           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Roberto has joined the fight here.

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HeavyD           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Roberto

Roberto goes with an opening move that is different from how he usually opens. He begins to dribble towards the boxer before he winds back and kicks past it as a result feinting his Long Shot, to swing his foot around to provide momentum for the spin move he makes. This spin move in turn provides momentum for a glowing foot to fly upwards towards Heavy D!'s chin to ideally send the boxer into the air.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD dodges Roberto's Thrust Kick.

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HeavyD           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Roberto

D! isn't caught sleeping, however. When he comes in with the glowing, flying foot, D! leans back, letting the attack avoid him narrowly. Narrowly, if only so D! can maintain that close distance. Why? Well, it's so he can some in and snap out a quick flurry of chi-charged punches, fast enough to look shadowed as they come out, hoping to catch Roberto in the storm of jabs and short hooks on the way down.

COMBATSYS: Roberto fails to reflect Shadow from HeavyD with Shining Clutch.

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HeavyD           0/-------/-----==|====---\-------\0          Roberto

Roberto's leg drops down from his kick, after it catches nothing but air. Roberto had planned for the possibility of missing that attack. He knew that his Thrust Kick even if it missed would put him in good position to handle whatever D! threw at him.

Roberto's mistakes was in the fact that he stood his ground against an attack he probably should've moved out of the way of. Of course that's where his lack of experience hurts him. He brings up a pair of glowing hands to stop those chi engulfed fists but he's not as fast with them as he'd and takes every shot hard a grunt coming from his lips. Until he can finally disengage himself. He already knows he'll be feeling those tomorrow morning. Needless to say he smiles. "Good one."

Heavy D! smiles back to Roberto, pulling back a little as he finishes his attack, having gotten in plenty of good hits on Roberto. "Thanks," he says, smirking back to his younger teammate, before he comes in, sharp as he snaps out a few light jabs toward Roberto, keeping pressure on him tight.

COMBATSYS: Roberto blocks HeavyD's Light Punch.

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HeavyD           0/-------/-----==|====---\-------\0          Roberto

Roberto plays a more reserved game against the seasoned boxer. With a bit more composure than what he's shown at the beginning of the fight, he moves his hands to catch the jabs in open palms before performing a side step to Heavy D!'s flank as he throws a few jabs of his own. Even with the hiatus, Roberto has still managed to hold on to the influence that the boxer has had on his fighting style.
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COMBATSYS: HeavyD endures Roberto's Quick Punch.

Rather than try and avoid the jabs, or block them, D! piles in, driving forward right into the flurrying hands of Roberto. While his side takes a bit of a beating, it's all in order to stalk in and get in a hit of his own, a big left hand driving in to bury itself into Roberto's gut. Again, no tricks, just one simple shot, building up some momentum.

COMBATSYS: Roberto blocks HeavyD's Medium Punch.

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HeavyD           0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0          Roberto

Roberto's arms close together quickly to shield his gut from the impact of Heavy D!'s left. He moves backwards as forearms and fist collides but Roberto continues moving hoping to create an opening and then he does something a bit different.

Roberto once again darts towards Heavy D!'s side hoping to set himself up to launch himself knee first for his other side and score another hit. Hopefully one that the Boxer won't be able to benefit from this time.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD interrupts Heavy Kick from Roberto with Rolling Soul Driver.
- Power hit! -

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HeavyD           0/-------/--=====|=======\=------\1          Roberto

Unfortunately, D! is once again ready. As Roberto comes in to drive his knee out at the boxer, he pulls back slightly, as if dodging out of the way. However, instead, D! drives right in, extending his right arm out and lunging forward with a full out punch, his whole arm surrounded by swirling energy as he slides forward, intercepting Roberto before his knee can drive too deep into his side. "NGhhhh!!"

Not only does Roberto get the full out punch. He practically moves right into it with his forward momentum getting his attack jammed and add force to an already forceful punch to his stomach. And is sent backwards for his troubles. He rolls to his feet and moves to the closest soccer ball he can get to.

He studies the boxer for a moment before sending a soccer ball at him. The odd thing about it is the spin that he puts on the ball as he sends it at Heavy D!. Perhaps the star striker has a plan in mind.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD blocks Roberto's Long Shot.

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HeavyD           0/-------/--=====|=======\=------\1          Roberto

With the distance as it is right now, D! unfortunately can't close in before Roberto gets his hfeet on a soccer ball finally. And rather than try and avoid the shot, as tricked as it is, he's instead forced to cover up, arms coming up to stop the ball in place and knock it away before it hits a little too close to home. Grunting, D! punches the ball out of the way, rushing forth again to try and catch Roberto sleeping, reeling a tightened right fist back, before driving it down in an attempt to catch him with an overhand shot to the collar.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD successfully hits Roberto with Rock Crush.
- Power hit! -

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HeavyD           0/-------/--=====|=======\=====--\1          Roberto

Roberto's plans once again goes south. He had put spin on it so it would slow D! down just long enough that he would have a hard time getting a hold of him. However he finds himself unable to take advantage of what he built with the kick of the soccer ball.

Roberto stumbles backwards, his eyes wide open right before the overhand shot connects with his collar bone a resounding crack before he falls from the impact.

Roberto quickly rises to his feet and charges towards another soccer ball spinning around to slam this one at the boxer. There's a difference. This soccer ball is on fire as it flies towards D! And will explode when it gets close enough to him and hoping to tap into something deep inside order to pull off a miracle comeback.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits HeavyD with Blazing Strikers.
- Power hit! -

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HeavyD           1/------=/=======|=------\-------\0          Roberto

That, D! didn't seem to be ready for. When the shot comes, D! tries to shore up again and keep up his guard. However, the ball comes in too fast. The fact that it's on fire doesn't help much...and then there's the fact that it doesn't actually HIT him as expected. No. Instead, there's an explosion, one D! didn't count on that sends him sprawling out in pain. He has to give Roberto that one, it stung to put it lightly. "Mnghh....nice, kid," he says, smirking as he tries to pick himself up off the ground after the exploding ball. "But I'm not down yet," he says, gritting his teeth and making his way forward again, snapping out another set of sharp punches, trying to keep the pressure up as he advances.

COMBATSYS: Roberto dodges HeavyD's Light Punch.

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HeavyD           1/------=/=======|=------\-------\0          Roberto

Roberto seems to have finally caught his figurative second wind(not the ability ;-) ) as he bobs and weaves out of the way of each and every one of the snap jabs. It's as if Roberto had suddenly picked up speed right after blasting Heavy D! backwards with the soccer ball.

The Goalie with the Shining Clutch waits until just after the boxer begins to let up his attack before he tries to slip inside with a quick uppercut to the chin.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD fails to interrupt Strong Punch from Roberto with Fierce Punch.

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HeavyD           1/-----==/=======|==-----\-------\0          Roberto

D! keeps throwing up until he's sure that Roberto isn't about to be caught anytime soon. Muttering as Roberto seem sto have picked up speed, D! back sup, just as Roberto comes in to try and sneak in a heavy blow on his chin. The boxer reacts as he's wont to do, trying to fire back a hard punch of his own. However, he comes in too slow, Roberto's strike rocking him enough that his own punch sails wide, missing Roberto by a country mile as he reels back.

Roberto isn't stupid. He realizes he dodged the bullet as his fist connects with D!'s chin. As his opponent's fist misses wide, he manages to get in some more space. Of course right now he doesn't quite want that yet since because of the situation he's in, he has no choice but to press the attack.

With this in mind, he swings his foot into the boxer's side hoping to not only keep out of the boxer's ideal range but continue to lay down the hurt on the other fighter.

COMBATSYS: HeavyD dodges Roberto's Light Kick.

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HeavyD           1/-----==/=======|==-----\-------\0          Roberto

Rocked back, D! knows well enough this time to keep a bit of distance, not wanting to be taken in by a hit like that again. When Roberto snaps out a kick to D!'s side, the boxer's able to get his groove back, turning away and sidestepping out of the kick's path. Rolling in again with a step forward again, D! responds this time with a bit of a surprise. Dropping down to a crouch, the boxer slams the ground in front of him with a sharp, hard punch. As his fist makes contact, an eruption of chi explodes upward and slightly forward, hoping to catch Roberto unaware and send him sprawling with a blast.

COMBATSYS: Roberto fails to reflect Soul Flower from HeavyD with Shining Clutch.
- Power fail! -

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COMBATSYS: Roberto can no longer fight.

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HeavyD           1/---====/=======|

Roberto was expecting to see this move at some point and so he was somewhat prepared for it. He wasn't prepared for the speed nor the more experienced fighter's sense of timing and so he when he crouches down to place his hands in the blast of chi, he doesn't quite pull off what he was intending to do. In fact the low positioning seems to actually aid Heavy D! and Roberto is thrown backwards into a tree before slumping over before looking back up at the boxer. "I bet you were wondering why I chose you as my opponent. It was because I knew would learn from it." In the end Roberto knows that he'll learn more from defeat than to take easy fights.

Roberto doesn't move from where he's seated. He'll spend some time catching his breath. "Anyway D! I told my friend Shoma about the team. He seems interested."

Pulling back after blasting Roberto over, D! watches, waiting to see if he'll get up. When he doesn't, he approaches the tree where Roberto slumps, extending his arm out to help the soccer star up to his feet. "I see. Well, you have heart, no one can deny that," he says, smiling as he tries to pull Roberto up. "Huh...Shoma...I think I heard about him. The baseball player?"

"Yup. That would be the guy. He's got quite a fast ball and one helluva bat." Roberto takes the assistance up to his feet and takes another series of deep breaths. His balance is still somewhat wobbily as he tries to walk but then he just settles for leaning on the tree. "I'll be okay... Just give me a few moments to catch my breath." He then adds as an afterthought, "At least this isn't Taiyo's Dome Arena. Man... I hate fighting there."

Log created on 21:24:57 09/10/2007 by Roberto, and last modified on 05:58:08 09/13/2007.