TOP 10 KNOCKOUTS 2014
By Peter Wells
Boxing isn’t all about knockouts, but there is something rather special about one single shot ending a fight in the blink of an eye, the power, speed, accuracy, timing embedded into one punch that can change the course of a fight in an instance. These fighters are forever immortalised in the history of boxing.
This list is a personal point of view, and after hours of revisiting all the knockouts I have bare witness to this year and scouring the internet to discover those brutal finishes I did not have the pleasure of seeing, I have come to my conclusion.
Here we go!
10. ALEXANDER POVETKIN KO 7 MANUEL CHARR
To kick off the list is Alexander Povetkin’s barbaric combination to end the hopes of well schooled world title challenger Manuel Charr. With damaging efficiency Povetkin teed off on Charr with a four punch combination, ending with a flush left hook and a rocket of a right cross to send Charr flat on his back on the bottom rope. No count was needed.
9. DAVID LEMIEUX TKO 3 FERNANDO GUERRERO
It took just three rounds for David Lemieux to dismantle the brave Fernando Guerrero. Cut badly over his right eye Guerrero was on the verge of defeat, and the conclusion came in brutal style as Lemieux connected with a flush right uppercut to end the contest and further displaying his power in the Middleweight division.
8. VIKTOR POSTOL KO 11 SELCUK AYDIN
After out boxing the rugged Selcuk Aydin for just over 10 rounds, Viktor Postol put an exclamation mark to the end of his performance with a brutal finish. With Aydin tiring rapidly, Postol looked to finish things off and make a statement, and that’s exactly what he did when a short right uppercut left Aydin on the seat of his pants.
7. NATE HEAVEN TKO 1 DONOVAN DENNIS
1st round knockouts don’t come much better than this. The unfavoured Heavyweight Nate Heaven unleashed a corking right hand haymaker on the chin of fellow undefeated Donovan Dennis to remove the favourite from his senses. Heaven was on cloud 9 as he landed the bomb with just seconds remaining in the opening session, sending Teddy Atlas into hysteria at ringside.
6. ALEXANDER POVETKIN KO 10 CAROLOS TAKAM
Not many will be able to do what Alexander Povetkin did to the extremely tough Cameroonian Carlos Takam. In a close contest that was certainly in the balance going into the championship rounds, Russian Povetkin made sure that he would not come out second best, landing his second big knockout of the year. A left hook flattened Takam in the 10th round to end a fascinating fight. What made the punch so special was that Takam had his right hand up tight to his chin, but the accuracy of Povetkin was too good for the solid defence of Takam.
5. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO KO 5 KUBRAT PULEV
The Heavyweights, and in particular Wladimir Klitschko, have come under much scrutiny for the lack of action in the modern day. Klitschko answered those critics in some style when scorching world title challenger Kubrat Pulev in the 5th round with a dynamite left hook. The short punch landed flush on the cheek of Pulev, opening up a nasty gash. The punch was a reminder to everyone just how much power the Ukrainian giant carries.
4. ANDY LEE KO 5 JOHN JACKSON
The father of John Jackson, Julian Jackson, knew more than a thing or two about spectacular knockouts, but his son had to learn the hard way as Andy Lee came from behind to take the American out with one single shot. Having put Lee on the canvas, Jackson was on the lookout for a knockout, and he got exactly what he was looking for, only he was on the receiving end. Backing up against the ropes, Lee fired a sensational right hook to send Jackson flat out onto the canvas, a tremendous shot that would have massive implications on the career of the Irishman.
3. REY LORETO KO 3 NKOSINATHI JOYI
If it hadn’t already been hard enough, the list has just got that bit harder as we enter the final 3, where any one of these knockouts could have taken the number 1 spot. In the Light Flyweight division, Rey Loreto showed fans big knockouts aren’t only for the big fellows as he demolished former world title holder Nkosinathi Joyi with a single left hook landing right under the chin of the South African. A corker of a punch that provided Loreto with the biggest scalp of his career.
2. AMIR MANSOUR KO 7 FRED KASSI
After dominating most of the first 6 rounds of this contest, Amir Mansour ended the contest in bone-chilling fashion. With little pullback on the shot Mansour landed a monstrous right hook/uppercut clean on the button of Fred Kassi who landed out cold face first. Thankfully after several anxious minutes Kassi regained consciousness and would be cleared of any serious damage.
1. MARVIN SONSONA KO 3 AKIFUMI SHIMODA
I know, you must be wondering what on earth can beat that one punch bullet from Mansour, but click on the link below and you’ll see what. In equally cold fashion, Featherweight Marvin Sonsona blitzed Akifumi Shimoda with a one-punch knockout for the ages, live on HBO. On the back foot, Sonsona stepped forward swinging a left uppercut from the hip all the way to just underneath the chin of Shimoda, sending the Japanese fighter out cold from the moment the shot landed. Shimoda still looked stunned minutes after the fight had been ended so dramatically, as was everyone watching.
Carl Froch KO 8 George Groves II
Spike O’Sullivan KO 1 Anthony Fitzgerald
Danny Garcia KO 2 Rod Salka
Gennady Golovkin KO 3 Daniel Geale
Tommy Coyle TKO 2 Michael Katsidis
Terence Crawford TKO 9 Yuriokis Gamboa
Nicholas Walters KO 5 Vic Darchinyan
Jesus Marcelo Cuellar KO 2 Juan Manuel Lopez
Gennady Golovkin KO 2 Marco Antonio Rubio
Jorge Sebastian Heiland KO 10 Matthew Macklin
Hugo Centeno Jr KO 5 James De La Rosa
Marco Antonio Rubio KO 10 Domenico Spada
Felix Verdejo KO 3 Sergio Villeneuva
Finally I would personally like to thank you all for continuing to read all the articles here on Doran’s Boxing Blog and I hope you’ll continue to read all the knockout articles next year. Myself and everyone at DBB would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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