Top 5 Knockouts - Thank you and goodnight
As much as we love the craft and the art of pugilism, the skill and the mathematical tactics in the ring, there's nothing quite like a showstopping knockout. That spilt second when your man catches his opponent flush on the jaw and a wobble turns to 'could somebody please get my coat'. Here are five absolute belters.
5. MIKE TYSON vs Trevor Berbick
‘Iron’ Mike Tyson is to the knockout what Gucci is to ladies’ handbags, stylish. With a left hook synonymous with laying opponents on their backs, Tyson made history as the youngest heavyweight champion ever, when he landed it on Berbick in their 1986 title fight in Las Vegas.
4. JAMES THUNDER vs Crawford Grimsley
Thunder and Grimsley’s heavyweight clash in 1997 was certainly one for the action replays – not only because it’s such a sweet shot but because it’s over with before the cameras even have a chance to set themselves, let alone Crawford Grimsley, the man on the receiving end.
3. KOSTYA TSZYU vs Zab Judah
Imagine being hit so hard and having your senses re-wired to the extent that rather than retiring to the canvas you start dancing. It’s an experience Zab Judah doesn’t have to imagine after his light welterweight unification bout with Kostya Tszyu in November 2003.
2. THOMAS HEARNS vs Roberto Duran
Thomas Hearns lives up to his ‘Hitman’ moniker in a 1984 light middleweight title fight with fellow Hall of Famer Roberto Duran. After pounding one of the toughest boxers to ever grace the ring with a barrage of punches, he turns out the lights with a huge right.
1. VINCENT PETTWAY vs Simon Brown
The phrase ‘you won’t know what hit you’ has never been more apt than when Vincent Pettway defended his IBF light middleweight title against Simon Brown in 1995. After being sent crashing to the canvas, Brown spent his count still throwing the jab!