A lof of the fighters left their consciousness back in 2016. Today, we take a look at the most brutal KOs of the year. Extra points are given to the knockouts were the victim is rendered motionless on the canvas, but other factors such as the reputation of the KO’d fighter are important. Onto the list…
10. JOE SMITH JR. KO8 BERNARD HOPKINS, 12/17/16
Yes, it wasn’t a “clean” knockout, but Joe Smith had to make this list for sending a legend flying out the ring and into retirement. Ironically, hitting his head on the concrete floor is probably what woke Hopkins up.
9. OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK KO2 NADJIB MOHAMMEDI, 4/9/16
Gvozdyk had four fights in 2016, winning all by knockout. This one was the most vicious; a straight right from hell.
8. TONY BELLEW TKO ILUNGA MAKABU, 5/29/16
This was an absolute shootout. Bellew went down in the first off a Makabu left hook. He returned the favor in spades and made Makabu a human ragdoll.
7. JUSTIN DELOACH KO4 DILLON COOK, 3/25/16
DeLoach uncorked a monster overhand right that brought Dillon Cook to his knees.
6. VASYL LOMACHENKO KO5 ROMAN MARTINEZ, 6/11/16
Lomachenko won the WBO super featherweight title in devastating fashion with a southpaw right hook.
5. MASON MENARD KO3 EUDY BERNARDO, 4/15/16
One of the more frightening KOs this year as Bernando’s head slammed hard on the canvas.
4. HASSAN N’DAM KO1 ALFONSO BLANCO, 12/17/16
Alfonso Blanco was flopping on the canvas like he was having a bad dream. In a sense, he was due to Hassn N’Dam’s crushing overhand right.
3. MURAT GASSIEV KO1 JORDAN SHIMMELL, 5/17/16
Someone leave a note for Shimmell to lock the door when he wakes up. Good Lord…
2. DEONTAY WILDER KO9 ARTUR SZPILKA, 1/16/16
The Bomb Squad claimed an early victim in January. It was over in a heartbeat.
- CANELO ALVAREZ KO6 AMIR KHAN, 5/7/16
I covered this one from media row. It was as bad in person as it was from home. Khan started well, but a feeling of the inevitable rose every round as Canelo got more comfortable countering. A feint got Khan’s hands down to block a body shot and in line for fight-ending right hand.