By Sam Constantinou Coulter – When you think of boxing one of the first things that come to mind is knockouts. Whether they be one punch, vicious fight-finishers or sustained combinations causing the damage.
There is just something about seeing a knockout that gets a boxing fans heart racing more than anything else.
Given this, it has fallen to me to produce my personal list of my top 5 knockouts from this century in no particular order.
This is an extremely difficult task and one that has required much thought but for one reason or another the following stick in my mind as my favourite knockouts.
CARL FROCH VS. GEORGE GROVES II
This knockout is so iconic to me for several reasons. The rematch was such a huge event taking place in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium.
There was such an intense rivalry between the pair that gripped the nation. I was physically there in the stadium that night and I am open to stating that I am a big Carl Froch fan. When Froch landed that right hand and sent Groves to the floor I erupted into sheer delight.
This was a huge knockout punch in a fight that would define Froch’s career and I will never forget it.
JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ VS. MANNY PACQUIAO 4
Over the years boxing fans have been treated to a number of fantastic fights between these two men with differing opinions on who should have left victorious.
Marquez has always felt hard done by. This time around he would leave nothing to the judges with a one-punch knockout that was simply breathtaking. Pacquaio was coming forward looking to attack and walked straight onto a flush right hand from Marquez. Pacquaio was sent face first to the canvas and lay there motionless.
A simply remarkable knockout that will live long in any highlight reel.
SERGIO MARTINEZ VS. PAUL WILLIAMS
Martinez is one of my favourite fighters of relatively recent times with his unorthodox technique and exciting style. This knockout was stunning.
Williams was coming forward looking to land his own left hand but walked straight onto an overhand left from Martinez which sent him crumpling to the canvas. Williams lay there face first on the floor with no chance of continuing whilst the referee decided to administer the count for some bizarre reason.
ADONIS STEVENSON VS. CHAD DAWSON
A brutal 1st round knockout win to claim a world title is about as big as it gets. Stevenson used his right jab to set up his big left hand. Dawson was sent flat on his back to the canvas in an instant.
It was obvious from his eyes that he was in no position to box on and when he returned to his feet he looked as if he had no idea where he was. The referee had to wave off the contest and Stevenson became a world champion in thrilling fashion.
SAUL ‘CANELO’ ALVAREZ VS. JAMES KIRKLAND
In perhaps one of Canelo’s most emphatic and stunning wins, he simply blew away the dangerous Kirkland. Having floored his man several times, Canelo landed a right hand absolutely flush that spun Kirkland completely around and onto the floor. Kirkland lay with his back on the canvas as the referee waved off the contest. It was a stunning punch that devastated Kirkland and ended the fight viciously.
There are so many other knockouts I could have mentioned so let me know which ones you think I missed.