Shadaloo’s resident boxer is one of the most potent pugilists in fighting game history, which makes perfect sense considering who we think inspired him. See, in America the boxer is Balrog, the claw is Vega, and the dictator is Master Bison, but in Japan the names are flipped so the dictator is Vega, the claw is Balrog, and the boxer is Mike Bison. Mike Bison sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it?
Yes, it’s not hard to assume that given the original names, Capcom’s boxer is based off of former heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson. Now why would Capcom go through all the trouble of changing the names around? What happened? Well, Street Fighter II launched in the US in 1992, when Mike Tyson was on trial for some pretty serious crimes. We think Capcom just wanted to get as far away from that as possible.