9. KENNY VICE KO 4 JIM McDONNELL, ROYAL ALBERT HALL, KENSINGTON, LONDON, SEPTEMBER 22, 1990
A sickening knockout that I thought twice about including here, such is my robust affection for ‘Jimmy Mac.’ Personal friendships not withstanding, this brutal truncation of McDonnell’s ring aspirations in his first outing since a gallant stand against the great Azumah Nelson was as conclusive as any one punch denouement.
A somewhat rusty McDonnell appeared to be warming to his task when the visibly larger Louisianan missed with a chopping right hand before finding the target with a savage left hook that left the likeable North Londoner face down and motionless beneath the bottom rope, his head resting on the ring apron.
Jimmy would have one last hurrah, 8 years down the line in the unlikely setting of Slovakia, but his distinguished career effectively ended on this autumnal night at the Royal Albert Hall.