Five Boxing KOs We’ll Never Forget

Pro boxing has produced countless memorable moments throughout its storied history. Among the most iconic are the knockouts (KOs) that have left audiences and fighters alike in awe. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most famous boxing KOs of all time.

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“The Rumble in the Jungle”: Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman (1974) – In one of the most iconic fights in boxing history, Ali defeated Foreman in the eighth round to regain the heavyweight title. Ali employed a strategy of “rope-a-dope,” allowing Foreman to tire himself out by throwing punches before delivering the KO blow.

“The Fight of the Century”: Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier (1971) – This highly-anticipated match-up between two of the greatest heavyweights of all time did not disappoint. Ali and Frazier went toe-to-toe in a grueling 15-round battle that ended with Frazier delivering a devastating left hook to Ali’s chin, knocking him down and securing the victory.

“The Thrilla in Manila”: Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier (1975) – The third and final match between Ali and Frazier was one for the ages. After 14 grueling rounds, Frazier’s trainer stopped the fight, giving Ali the victory. Both fighters were so exhausted that Ali famously called it “the closest thing to dying” he had ever experienced.

Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks (1988) – In one of the most impressive displays of power in boxing history, Tyson needed just 91 seconds to knock out Spinks and become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He did not disappoint.

“The Greatest”: Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston (1964) – In what is widely considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, 22-year-old Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) defeated Liston in the first round to win the heavyweight title. The KO punch, later called “The Phantom Punch,” was so quick and unexpected that many still debate whether it actually connected.

These are just a few of the many iconic KOs in the sport of boxing. Each one has left a lasting impact on the sport and its fans, cementing the fighters’ legacies as some of the greatest boxers of all time. If we missed some, let us know in the comments!