Posts Tagged ‘Knockout of the Year’

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VERONA, NY — We’re only in March, but it’s unlikely David Lemieux’s knockout of Curtis Stevens will be topped for the rest of the year.

The two powerful sluggers did what they do best — go for the kill. Lemieux came out throwing right-hand bombs through Stevens’s guard, while the Brooklynite tried to catch and counter with hard left hooks. Lemieux’s chopping right hand hurt Stevens twice over the final minute and allowed the Canadian to abuse him on the ropes with digging body shots.

Lemieux controlled the second round with the same aggression and higher punch output. As the pace slowed in the third, Lemieux came in with a right hand and beat Stevens to the punch with a short left for the fight-ending knockout.


The high-profile KO puts the Golden Boy promoted in contention to face Canelo Alvarez should the Mexican star emerge victorious against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in May and not be able to make a Gennady Golovkin super fight in September.

GAMBOA RETURNS WITH DECISION WIN: Yuriorkis Gamboa ended a year-plus sabbatical with a unanimous decision win over Rene Alvarado.  Scores read 97-93 and 97-92 twice.

 

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Boxing Awards 2016 #3: Knockouts of the Year

Posted: January 1, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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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…

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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7. JUSTIN DELOACH KO4 DILLON COOK, 3/25/16

DeLoach uncorked a monster overhand right that brought Dillon Cook to his knees.

 

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6. VASYL LOMACHENKO KO5 ROMAN MARTINEZ, 6/11/16

Lomachenko won the WBO super featherweight title in devastating fashion with a southpaw right hook.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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…

 

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2. DEONTAY WILDER KO9 ARTUR SZPILKA, 1/16/16

The Bomb Squad claimed an early victim in January. It was over in a heartbeat.

 

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  1. 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.

 

 

 

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NEW YORK — I think it’s safe to say Vasyl Lomchenko is the most dangerous and talented 7-fight boxer in the world today. Since turning pro in late 2013, he’s already made history by claiming titles in two weight classes in just seven fights with his KO of the Year contender win over the Roman Martinez.

Roy Jones has been singing Lomachenko’s praises for the last year, calling him one of the sport’s top Pound 4 Pound fighters. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum went into full hype mode proclaiming him the “best of his era,” similar to how “Muhammad Ali was the best of his era.”

Like most, I love watching Lomachenko go to work. His footwork is impeccable. The way his mixes setup and hard shot combinations should come with a caption that says “Sweet Science.” Nonetheless, a dominant win over Gary Russell and Roman Martinez, to go along with a decision loss to Orlando Salido, do not constitute P4P #1 nor “best of his era.”

This is the main reason the negotiation collapse between him and Nicholas Walters at featherweight was so disappointing. Orlando Salido, who drew against Francisco Vargas last week in a Fight of Year contender, might be next up in an intriguing grudge rematch. I pick Lomachenko to stop him in that one, and further options that open up at junior lightweight include Jezreel Corrales, Jose Pedraza (if Arum and Haymon are truly playing nice), and even another try at the Walters fight.

Two wins against any combination of the above fighters could possibly be enough to get Lomachenko into lower Top 10 P4P discussions.


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I like watching Felix Verdejo because I realized long ago he’s not the savior of Puerto Rican boxing. If you’re expecting him to be the next Felix Trinidad, Miguel Cotto or even Ivan Calderon, I understand why’d you’d be upset with the listless nature of his recent performances.

Yes, he’s very popular among his PR countryman and has crossover potential. But being a boxing star does not automatically translate to “all-time great” or even a “hall of famer.” Let the kid face a live body before we make definitive statements about his potential.

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On Tuesday night’s edition of Premier Boxing Champions, undefeated Gennady Golovkin stablemate Murat “Iron” Gassiev delivered a chilling one-punch knockout of Jordan Shimmell. The left hook bomb came in the first round and is the latest example of why the cruiserweight division is criminally overlooked in today’s boxing landscape.

Remember Gassiev’s name. Jordan Shimmell definitely will.

 

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Lightweight Mason Menard made his first bout of 2016 a memorable one with a chilling knockout over previously undefeated Eudy Bernardo. Menard had his man cornered and connected with a vicious right hand as Bernardo shot a left jab. He ran full force into the counter and fell unconscious to the mat.

There was a lot of concern for Bernardo after replays showed he also hit his head on the canvas. New just broke that he regained consciousness at the hospital and seems to be ok.

Menard moves his record to 31-1 (23 KOs) while Bernardo falls to 21-1 (15 KOs).

 

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BROOKLYN — Deontay Wilder ended his third WBC title defense in chilling fashion with a one-punch, ninth knockout over Artur Szpilka at the Barclays Center.

What was predicted to be an easy defense quickly became a spirited contest with Szpilka relying on movement and body punching to keep Wilder off balance and swinging wildly. When Wilder used his 83 inch reach to fire off jabs, he kept Szpilka at bay and on the end of hard straight rights. But Szpilka’s southpaw stance coupled with awkward right counters and overhand lefts presented constant challenges.

“He was definitely a crafty guy,” said Wilder. “I haven’t competed against a southpaw in three years. He was a tough competitor, but you’re fighting for a world title. It’s not supposed to be easy. I’m surprised it took that long, but we had 12 rounds and they can’t all can’t be pretty.”

The knockout blow came with Szpilka lunging in with a left hook and being caught right on the chin with a counter right hand.

Szpilka was unconscious before he hit the canvas.

He remained on the canvas for several minutes but was responsive to medical staff. He was later transported to Lutheran Hospital.

“He’s doing good,” said Szpilka’s trainer Ronnie Shields.  “He’s awake and knows exactly where he is.  He didn’t want to go to the hospital, but he’s going as a precaution. It’s better safe than sorry.”

Wilder kept his post-fight celebrating in check after seeing Szpilka’s condition and offered words of encouragement.

“I told him he was a great contender,” Wilder said.  “He came to give his all.  He gave his all for Brooklyn.  I always say two prayers.  I say a team prayer and I say an individual prayer.  I don’t want to hurt a man so he can’t go home to his family. We risk our lives every time we step in the ring.  He’s definitely in my prayers and I hope he’s doing well.”

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TITLE UNIFICATION?: Lineal and WBA heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who was ringside, confronted Wilder during the post-fight interview. Both men were nose to nose and berated each other until Fury upped the theatrics by pacing the ring and throwing off his jacket. Wilder emphasized that he would love to unify and that Fury was a “clown” who thinks he’s in “wrestling.” Fury took a dig at Wilder’s competition, calling him “Bum Squad.”

 

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MARTIN WINS IBF TITLE ON FREAK INJURY: On the undercard, Charles Martin won the vacant IBF title after Vyacheslav Glazkov could not continue following an injury to his right knee. In the third, Glazkov slipped and appeared to have discomfort when he rose to his feet. Later in the round, he tried to plant for a shot and collapsed when his knee buckled. Martin was getting the better of the brief exchanges before Glazkov had to retire.

“I want to unify the titles,” Martin said. “We didn’t even fight tonight. I want another fighter. I want Tyson Fury.”

 

 

There were a lot of “grown man naps” taken in 2015. This list compiles some of the brutal KOs witnessed over the last 12 months. Here at BeatsBoxingMayhem, we tried to rate them based on three categories — “cleanness” of the punch, level of the opponent KO’d, and the sheer force behind the shot. Enjoy and see if you don’t cringe a few times.

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10. DONOVAN DENNIS KO2 RAZVAN COJANU

Donovan Dennis got a trip to the Boxcino Finals off this counter left that sent Cojanu to dreamland.

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9. ERKAN TEPER KO2 DAVID PRICE

Price was slowly trying to rebuild himself after back to back KO defeats to Tony Thompson in 2013. He strung together four wins before being blasted out in two rounds by Teper. There’s a lot of controversy here since it was discovered five months after the bout that Teper failed a drug test. At press time, the EBU is still upholding the result but vacating the title Teper won.

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8. MAIRIS BREIDIS KO5 MANUEL CHARR

With the heavyweights, all it takes is one punch. In this case, it was an uppercut.

 

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7. ANTONIO RUSSELL KO2 HAROLD REYES

Talk about starting your career with a  bang. For his pro debut, Antonio Russell sent Harold Reyes’ brain into another dimension.

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6. OLA AFOLABI KO5 RAKHIM CHAKHIEV

Chakhiev got a bit too wild with his punches and paid dearly for it. The count wasn’t necessary.

 

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5. GABRIEL BRACERO KO1 DANNY O’CONNOR

Danny was done before he even got started. One punch thrown sloppily and Bracero got him right outta there in round one…

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4. TAKASHI UCHIYAMA TKO2 JOMTHONG CHUWATANA

Uchiyama’s nickname is “KO Dyaminte.” It’s well-deserved.

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3. JAVIER RODRIGUEZ KO5 QUINCY WESBY

Coming in, Wesby was on a five-fight losing streak and winless since 2013. You’d think he’d chill on the taunting. He didn’t and appropriately got put to sleep.

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2. IZUAGBE UGONOH KO2 WILL QUARRIE

Want a sure-fire way to end up on a KO list? Knock your opponent out the ring.

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Canelo Alvarez v James Kirkland

  1. CANELO ALVAREZ KO3 JAMES KIRKLAND

Canelo had been trying to get a Kirkland fight for years. Why? The Mandingo Warrior represented the perfect style matchup. A come forward fighter with suspect defense but loves to trade punches. Canelo had a field day right down to the final shot that made Kirkland do a 180.