We’ve seen a couple of spectacular one-punch knock outs in the last couple of weeks with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai blasting out Roman Gonzalez and heavyweight hope Daniel Dubois putting AJ Carter to sleep with a sledgehammer right hand.
Boxing Social picks our top 10 one-punch KOs of the last decade.
10. GENNADY GOLOVKIN W KO 3 MATTHEW MACKLIN
Mashantucket, USA, June, 2013
Macklin says the body shot that ended his world-title challenge “broke two of my ribs, took my breath away and left me in agony for 20 to 30 seconds,”
9. ANDY LEE W KO 5 JOHN JACKSON
New York, June, 2014
Lee had been down, was trailing on the scorecards – and then
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8. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO W KO 5 KUBRAT PULEV
Altona, Germany, November, 2014
Klitschko laid out Pulev with what commentator – and ex-WBC super-middleweight champion – Richie Woodhall called “one of the best left hooks you will ever see.”
The same punch had dropped Pulev twice in the first and again in the third round.
7. ASHLEY SEXTON W KO 1 USMAN AHMED
Brentwood, January, 2010
Derby taxi driver Ahmed went all ‘P Diddy’ on his way to the ring to fight Sexton for the vacant English flyweight championship – and was chinned inside a round. Millions have had a giggle watching on YouTube.
6. DEONTAY WILDER KO 9 ARTUR SZPILKA
New York, January, 2016
Making the third defence of his WBC heavyweight title, Wilder had his struggles with the Polish southpaw – until the ninth round.
Wilder detonated a right-hand bomb on Szpilka’s jaw and he landed flat on his back.
The referee counted to ‘five’ and then waved the fight off, allowing doctors to tend to Szpilka.
5. CARL FROCH KO 8 GEORGE GROVES
Wembley Stadium, May, 2014
Following the controversial ending to the first fight between Groves and Froch, promoter Eddie Hearn sent out a Tweet asking to see who wanted to see the rematch.
Within 24 hours, he had 37,000 replies and against the wishes of his father, Barry, he booked Wembley Stadium.
The rematch between the proud veteran Froch and the too-clever-by-half Groves was in the balance after seven rounds.
Froch describes what happens in the eighth.
“I threw a left hook to touch him, to get my range, and he moved to his left and I threw the right – bang. I felt it landing. The crunch went right up my arm. When you skim them or clip them, you don’t feel anything, but this went right up my arm so I knew it was a good shot.
“He looked a mangled wreck on the floor. I knew he wasn’t getting up.”
4. AUDLEY HARRISON KO 12 MICHAEL SPROTT
Alexandra Palace, April, 2012
The clock was ticking on Harrison’s career . . .
He was two minutes away from defeat against Sprott in their rematch for the vacant European heavyweight title – and certain retirement.
From the fifth round, Harrison had barely thrown a right hand after injuring his shoulder and with time running out, he found a punch-in-a-million to send Sprott crashing and set up a world-title challenge against David Haye.
3. MAIRIS BRIEDIS KO 5 MANUEL CHARR
Grozny, Russia August, 2015
David slaying Goliath here with one of the best uppercuts you are ever likely to see . .
Outweighed by 31 1//4lbs, Breidis laid out heavyweight contender Charr in jaw-dropping fashion.
Manager Al Siesta regards the KO as “a breakthrough” for Breidis and he’s gone on to win the WBC cruiserweight championship
2. JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ KO 6 MANNY PACQUIAO
Las Vegas, December, 2010
The night that, after eight years of trying, Juan Manuel Marquez finally got his man . . .
Three times he had fought Manny Pacquiao and after each fight, Marquez was left feeling hard done by.
The judges wouldn’t be needed in the fourth fight. Marquez dropped Pacquaio in the third – then was down himself in the fifth.
Going into the sixth, Pacquiao was ahead on the cards – and Marquez wiped out the deficit with a right-hand thunderbolt he would later describe as “a perfect punch.”
1. SERGIO MARTINEZ KO 2 PAUL WILLIAMS
Atlantic City, November, 2010
Paul Williams said to paramedics: “I got hit by a punch ?” minutes after shipping surely THE knock-out punch of the last decade.
Sergio Martinez felt he had been robbed after Williams won a majority verdict over him – and said he wanted a knock out in the rematch.
He went for it in the second round – and so did Williams.
They both put everything into southpaw back hands – and Martinez connected first.