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Ringside results from 2300 Arena: Webster sparks Sai in 22 seconds   Leave a comment

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Philadelphia, PA (November 25, 2014) – After an action packed 12-bout undercard, “Tuesday Night Fights” in South Philly ended rather abruptly. Derrick Webster (17-0, 8 KOs) needed only 22 seconds to dispatch Obodai Sai (23-1, 17 KOs) courtesy of 2 hooks. Sai took a few steps back following the second hook then took a knee in his own corner. He suddenly became motionless like he was out cold and did not attempt to beat the 10-count. The crowd booed what appeared to be a dive but replays showed that the final punch did land flush.

All 4 bouts on the professional undercard went the distance while 2 out of 8 amateur bouts ended early. Complete results from 2300 Arena follow.

Amateur Bouts

  1. Sharif Owens (96.5 lbs) PTS3 Vito Melnicki (? lbs)
  • The shorter Melnicki outworked Owens in the early going but Owens picked his pace up as the fight wore on.
  1. Dylan Price (112.5 lbs) PTS3 Andrew Literal (111 lbs)
  • Price lost a point for continued low blows in the final round but shut Literal out otherwise. Price was too fast and sharp.
  1. Michael Rauchut (174.5 lbs) PTS3 Justin Bell (168.5 lbs)
  • After walking Rauchut down and punishing the body in the opening round, Bell faded and lost round 2. However, Bell’s energy returned in the final round as both warriors traded bombs. Ultimately Bell landed the best shots and Rauchut was given a standing 8-count. But somehow Rauchut got the decision anyways…
  1. Devin Haney (136 lbs) PTS3 Nick Chandler (131.5 lbs)
  • Chandler was simply not on Haney’s level and was thoroughly dominated. Haney looked like a pro fighter and landed at will.
  1. Joseph Adorno (? lbs) PTS3 Zach Bartram (129.5 lbs)
  • Bartram’s legs were too straight and his elbows were too far apart. He was dropped by a right in round 2 and rocked by other rights and left hooks in each round. It was mildly surprising that Arorno didn’t win via stoppage.
  1. Jaron Ennis (143 lbs) TKO2 Marc Dawson (145.5 lbs)
  • Both fighters exploded at the start of the fight but Ennis died out after about a minute, allowing Dawson to clearly win the 1st Dawson appeared to be fighting smarter until he was stunned by right hooks in round 2. Rather than taking time to regroup, Dawson opted to stand and trade. The ref administered two standing 8-counts and waved the bout off when Dawson finally hit the deck. Ennis displayed great hand speed and finishing skills.
  1. Christian Carto (114.5 lbs) DQ3 Jordan White (114.5 lbs)
  • In the most controversial bout the night, Carto came from behind to win by disqualification. In round 1 Carto waited too much and was picked apart by jabs. Eventually Carto tried to rush White and was decked by a series of big shots. In round 2 Carto managed to maul his way inside and rocked White with an overhand right. Then things spiraled out of control in round 3. Amidst the wild tear-up, White’s shoes became undone. He twice tried to get his shoes tied in his corner but was ambushed by Carto and then disqualified by the referee. The decision was vociferously booed. For whatever reason the referee never gave White the “OK” to get his shoes tied, although White claimed otherwise. Anger drove White to storm out of the ring and punch a hole in a dressing room wall.
  1. Khalil Miller (207 lbs) PTS3 Tom Hogan (198 lbs)
  • Miller, several pounds above his ideal weight, was caught by the cruder Hogan with a big left hook at the end of round 1. However, Miller fought smart and turned things around in round 2, staggering Hogan with right hands and uppercuts. Hogan bled from his nose and was given an 8-count in each of the final 2 rounds. Miller picked his shots and worked Hogan’s body well in round 3.

Professional Bouts

  1. Piotr Apostle (133.5 lbs) UD4 Jerome Conquest (135 lbs) [39-37, 39-37, 39-37]
  • After a fairly even opening round, Apostle (1-0) landed a clean right hand at the bell to punctuate it. Conquest (1-0) had a bad habit of pulling out with his hands down and Apostle made him pay for it all night. Jabs and straight right hands, often in succession, were Apostle’s keys to victory. Conquest showed a good chin to never leave his feet and actually began to figure Apostle out in the final round, before being stunned by another right hand. The decision was cut and dry.
  1. Blair Cobbs (143 lbs) UD4 Julian Sanchez (142.5 lbs) [40-36, 39-37, 39-37]
  • Aside from posturing too much, leaving his chin out to dry, and completely lacking a killer instinct, Cobbs (3-0, 3 KOs) totally dominated the fight. Sanchez (1-0, 1 KO) was only able to do whatever Cobbs allowed him to do, and that wasn’t much. Sanchez was staggered multiple times by straight lefts and was cut outside of his right eye.
  1. Avery Sparrow (131.5 lbs) UD4 Jesus Lule (127 lbs) [40-36, 40-36, 40-36]
  • Sparrow (2-0, 1 KO) didn’t score a highlight reel knockout like in his previous bout, but he still shined. Lule (6-9, 1 KO) was hard pressed to overcome Sparrow’s superior footwork and upper body movement. Sparrow was in total control whether he used his jab or not. But he did play around a little too much in the final round and actually got tagged a few times.
  1. Antonio DuBose (131 lbs) UD4 Arturo Santiago (129.5 lbs) [40-36, 40-36, 40-36]
  • DuBose (6-0, 2 KOs) showed signs of ring rust but easily defeated Santiago (7-9-1, 4 KOs). Santiago had no technique to speak of but was a tough and welcomed trading with DuBose on the inside. It wasn’t pretty but DuBose hurt Santiago downstairs.
  1. Derrick Webster (163.5 lbs) KO1 Obodai Sai (162 lbs) [0:22]
  • After wasting Sai with the first combination he threw, Webster claimed he’s willing to fight anyone from middleweight to light heavyweight. Jumping around in weight is something he’s already accustomed to.

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“Tuesday Night Fights” was organized by Joe Hand Promotions and D and D Management. GFL.TV broadcasted the bouts online.

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings, and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.

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Ringside results from Valley Forge Casino: Goyco upsets Hasson in bloody battle   Leave a comment

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King of Prussia, PA (November 22, 2014) – Records can be misleading. Although Taneal Goyco (6-8-1, 3 KOs) was rightfully the underdog against Dennis Hasson (16-1, 6 KOs), a deeper look at their resumes would reveal that this was very much a “pick ‘em” fight. Hasson never fought anyone on a winning streak with a winning record. Goyco fought 8 undefeated fighters and beat 2 of them. He also upset Frankie Filippone (14-2-1 at the time).

All things considered, Goyco winning via unanimous decision was not too surprising. The knockdown Taneal scored in round 4 was the difference in the fight as 2 of the 3 official judges scored the bout even in rounds. The other judge had it 5 rounds to 1 for Goyco.

While Hasson was the more refined boxer, the more rugged Goyco was able to out-jab him and busted him up with hooks. Hasson did his best boxing in rounds 1, 2 and 6, which were still close, but was beaten up in rounds 3, 4 and 5. A battered a bloodied Hasson showed lots of guts to arguably put forth his best effort in the final round, which he controlled with angles, lateral movement, and changing levels. Hasson tried to fight that way all night but Goyco’s strength, reach, and pressure made it difficult. Goyco appeared to have made the better pre-fight preparations.

Complete results from Valley Forge Casino Resort follow.

  1. Johnnie Rolon [121.4 lbs] D4 Ruben Swain [123.2 lbs] (37-39, 38-38, 38-38)

Two out-of-towners made their pro debuts in the card opener and both escaped unbeaten. In a fight that Swain appeared to control with energy bursts, he apparently didn’t have enough of them in two of the four rounds (likely the first and the last). Rolon ate some big shots in round 2 and was noticeably hurt in round 3. Rolon appeared stiff and struggled to get off throughout the duration. Swain was much more fluid but spent too much time waiting in round 1 and fell inside too much in round 4.

  1. Sultahn Staton [136 lbs] UD4 Ramon Ellis [135.8 lbs] (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

In a battle of Philadelphians, Staton (3-0, 2 KOs) made easy work of Ellis (4-13-2, 2 KOs). In the first few rounds Ellis simply refused to let his hands go and slowly stalked Staton with a high guard. Staton boxed circles around him. Ellis finally woke up in round 3 but couldn’t cut off the ring as Staton was too elusive. It became a classic matador vs bull matchup and was an easy fight to score.

  1. Martin Lagunas Jr [145.2 lbs] TKO4 Diamond Mitchell [142 lbs] (1:34)

Initially the taller and longer Mitchell (pro debut) was able to outbox the shorter and fatter Lagunas (1-0, 1 KO) from range. But as the fight wore on Lagunas was able to bully Mitchell to the ropes and broke him down with body shots. By the 3rd round Mitchell looked completely spent and in the 4th he took a knee following an uppercut. Mitchell did beat the count but was unfit to continue.

  1. David Grayton [150 lbs] UD4 Dominique Foster [153.4 lbs] (40-34, 40-34, 40-34)

Although Grayton (9-0, 8 KOs) probably would have won the fight regardless, referee Hurley McCall provided ample assistance in routing Foster (2-5, 0 KOs). Grayton got away with rabbit punches, forearms, and elbows all night while Foster was penalized for clinching and ruled down on a clear slip (both in round 4). To make matters worse, the fight immediately resumed after Foster went down. McCall didn’t halt the action to administer an 8-count until moments later and several extra punches were landed in the interim. Subsequently the call was simultaneously late and incorrect. Be that as it may, Grayton still dominated the legal action of the fight. Foster was gun shy from the jump.

  1. Carlos Rosario [132.4 lbs] UD4 Eliezar Mendez [129.6 lbs] (39-37, 39-37, 39-37)

In the fight of the night Rosario (0-1) upset Mendez (1-0) in a brutal barnburner. Rosario was the sharper technician and did the most damage but Mendez showed tremendous heart and resolve, stealing the final round in the process. The fighters received a huge ovation at the finish.

  1. Sammy Berman [146 lbs] KO1 Jamikey Woods [148 lbs] (2:34)

In the side-show of the night, Hurley McCall struck again and ruled Berman (debut) down on a slip against Woods (0-1) in the opening stages of the fight. While no punch was thrown when Berman hit the deck, Woods went down minutes later from real shots. Woods fought very negatively and didn’t try to beat the count.

  1. Taneal Goyco [170.8 lbs] UD6 Dennis Hasson [176 lbs] (57-56, 57-56, 59-54)

As previously discussed, Goyco controlled the fight with his long jab and pressure. However, he did struggle to follow up with his right hand. Hasson had much better success in that department but was ultimately outgunned. Hasson’s head busted up pretty bad, especially after getting dropped by a left hook in round 4. Goyco emerged relatively unscathed.

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“War at the Forge” headlined by Hasson vs Goyco was promoted by King’s Boxing. Go Fight Live recorded the bouts.

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Full disclosure: This article was written by Goyco’s chief sparring partner (for this particular training camp). Hopefully no bias came across in the writing.

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings, and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.

Ringside results from Harrah’s Philadelphia: Dawejko scores 3rd straight 1st round knockout   Leave a comment

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Chester, PA (November 14, 2014) – Joey “The Tank” Dawejko has fought 3 times over the last 4 months, a first for him since he turned pro in 2009. Mark Cipparone and Club 1957 Management obviously deserve a lot of credit for the busy schedule, but with Joey dispatching his last 3 foes inside 1 round, he hasn’t exactly needed much rest and relaxation between fights. The latest victim was Rayford Johnson, a barometer of sorts for cruiserweight prospects.

While Dawejko (12-3-2, 5 KOs) is certainly no bigger than a cruiserweight without his belly, he makes his girth work for him as a heavyweight. Johnson (10-15, 6 KOs) was outweighed by 35 pounds and rocked by every power shot Dawejko landed. Ultimately left hooks dropped Johnson twice and ended the fight. Dawejko’s record for 2014 moved to 5-0, possibly putting him in the running to receive a Briscoe Award next year.

However, Dawejko’s biggest reward in 2015 may involve an opportunity against a marquee fighter. Club 1957 Management is currently targeting Amir Mansour (21-1, 16 KOs), whose 2014 consisted of candidates for the year’s best fight and knockout.

The co-feature of the evening saw the return of Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-2, 8 KOs), inactive since a pair of TKO defeats to the likes of Karim Mayfield and Emmanuel Taylor. This was Tito’s first fight in 22 months and first win in over 2.75 years. The victim, Wilfredo Acuna (15-15, 12 KOs), didn’t put up much resistance.

Complete results from “Harrah’s Philadelphia” follow.

  1. Dan Bolden [215 lbs] SD4 Randy Easton [238 lbs] (39-37, 37-39, 39-37)

The opening bout of the evening easily saw the most controversy. Easton (2-4-1, 2 KOs) clearly dominated the first 2 rounds and should have also won the fourth. Bolden (2-3, 1 KO) could have lost the second round by 2 points without a knockdown due to the beating he received. Apart from round 3, where Easton slowed down and Bolden ramped up, Easton bossed the smaller man around the ring and punished him with power shots. No one could believe the decision that was announced apart from Bolden’s team. Even promoter David Feldman checked with the commission to make sure the judges or ring announcer didn’t accidentally screw things up. But unfortunately it appears the robbery was intentional. Easton is all too familiar with the situation.

  1. Immanuel Aleem [164 lbs] TKO5 Angel Antonio Martinez [163 lbs] (2:44)

The next bout of the night was simply a whitewash. Aleem (10-0, 6 KOs) dominated the bout from start to finish. Martinez (6-8-3, 1 KO) didn’t have any advantages and was eventually separated from his senses by a series of short right hands.

  1. Benjamin Burgos [124.5 lbs] MD4 Alex Barbosa [125 lbs] (38-38, 39-37, 39-37)

In the final preliminary bout Burgos (1-9-1, 0 KOs) outhustled a rusty Barbosa (4-1-1, 1 KO). Barbosa hadn’t fought in 22 months as he pursued his career as a ring announcer, which he will continue. This was going to be Barbosa’s final fight but he wasn’t satisfied with his performance. It was obvious that it was a fight that Barbosa could have won and he arguably won rounds 1 and 4 anyways. Burgos was rocked by a counter left at the end of round 1 but Barbosa was unable to capitalize. The taller and longer Burgos controlled range throughout. Local favorite Barbosa says he’s down for a rematch in 2 months if Burgos, winless in his previous 10 bouts, would like to roll the dice again.

  1. Raymond Serrano [146 lbs] RTD4 Wilfredo Acuna [149 lbs] (3:00)

Serrano, despite showing signs of ring rust with his accuracy, was simply a level beyond what his opponent could operate with. Defensively Serrano was always sharp and eventually he found a home for damaging lead right hands early in round 4. Later that round he cut Acuna with what Serrano claims was a left hook (Acuna feigned a head clash). It’s unclear whether the fight was stopped in the corner due to the advice of the doctor or Acuna’s temperament. Whatever the case may be, Serrano still plans to campaign as a junior welterweight and welcomes rematches with the only fighters to defeat him.

  1. Joey Dawejko [244 lbs] TKO1 Rayford Johnson [209 lbs] (2:28)

The pictures atop this article do the fight more justice than anything else I could write…

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This 5-bout Friday boxing installment at Harrah’s Casino was promoted by XFE & King’s Boxing. David Grayton (9-0, 8 KOs) vs Donald Ward (7-5, 3 KOs) appeared on the bout sheet but the fight was scrapped. Antonio DuBose (6-0, 2 KOs) was also originally scheduled for the card. GFL.TV broadcasted the well-attended event.

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings, and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.

Ringside results from Boardwalk Hall: Kovalev & Ali shine as they step up; undercard showcases go according to plan   Leave a comment

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Atlantic City, NJ (November 8, 2014) – With Veterans Day only a few days away, Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins attempted to defy Father Time once more when he stepped into the ring against the unbeaten Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), the unified IBF/WBA light heavyweight world champion, was only 2 months away from his 50th birthday. His future induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) was secure over a decade ago. But Hopkins still wanted to challenge himself. Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs), the WBO champion, had knocked out every opponent in his world title run. He was expected to do the same against Hopkins.

Kovalev almost pulled it off.

Hopkins was dropped by counter right hand in the opening round and never truly got into the fight. Hopkins did have his moments in rounds 3, 7, 10, and even 12, but they were all short lived. Hopkins appeared to have his best moment in the fight when Kovalev was temporarily staggered early in the final round by a left hook. Upon review, replays showed that Kovalev mainly lost balance due to colliding feet with Hopkins. Subsequently the punch woke the beast in Kovalev up more than it hurt him. Kovalev, who previously seemed content to win by a lopsided decision, responded by frantically landing some of the hardest and cleanest shots that Hopkins has ever felt. For the first time in a Hopkins fight witnesses were genuinely concerned that he might not last the distance.

But in the end, the old man miraculously finished standing. Over 26 years, 66 fights, and 506 rounds boxed, Hopkins has never been stopped. Kovalev, arguably the most dangerous puncher in boxing today, pitched a shutout but still couldn’t put the artist formerly known as “The Executioner” away.

Nonetheless, Kovalev can take solace in the damage he was able to inflict. Halfway toward a century, Hopkins still has one of the best defenses and chins in boxing. He will go down as one of the very greatest defensive fighters of all-time. The man is an icon, yet, Kovalev handled him like no one ever has before. Time will tell whether that was primarily due to Hopkins’ age or Kovalev’s prowess.

In the co-feature of the evening Sadam Ali (20-0, 12 KOs) upset the vastly more professionally-experienced Luis Carlos Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs). Ali retained his WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title with a 9th round TKO. Aside from the final round and the first time Abregu hit the canvas (round 6), the fight wasn’t exactly a joy to watch.

Nevertheless it was an impressive showing of the art of hitting and not getting hit, sometimes referred to as boxing. Ali fought a smart fight, stayed composed and ultimately surpassed expectations. Abregu’s only other loss came at the hands of Timothy Bradley via competitive decision. Going into the fight Abregu was the #4 rated welterweight by the WBO and #2 rated by the WBC. It follows that Ali has put himself in position to challenge Pacquiao and Mayweather respectively.

Will one of those fights happen in 2015? That’s highly unlikely. Will Pacquiao and Mayweather still be fighting after 2015? That’s also uncertain. All we know right now is that a 26 year old kid is potentially a fight away from being the #1 contender to the 2 biggest superstars in the sport. Not bad.

The remaining seven fight undercard, which HBO did not televise, spanned roughly five and a half hours (including intermissions). Six of the seven bouts ended inside the distance. Three of the six victims retired on their stools. One of the three never bothered to fight back. Complete results follow.

  1. Ryan Martin [136 lbs] TKO2 Martin Issac Gonzales Cardona [135.5 lbs] (1:38)

Martin (8-0, 4 KOs) made easy work of Cardona (17-3, 12 KOs), scoring knockdowns in both rounds of the fight. Cardona touched down following left hooks to the body on each occasion. Referee Sparkle Lee waved the bout off immediately following the 2nd knockdown.

  1. Andrey Sirotkin [169 lbs] UD6 Michael Mitchell [168 lbs] (60-53, 59-54, 59-54)

Sirotkin (4-0, 1 KO) started off a little skittish while outboxing Mitchell (3-4-2, 1 KO) but surged with confidence after scoring a knockdown in round 3 while trading hooks on the inside. Ironically this didn’t stop Mitchell from having his best round in the 4th, but neither fighter landed anything substantial during that period. Sirotkin, a southpaw, found success with lead left hands from the beginning of the fight. As Mitchell eventually wore down, Sirotkin went from potshotting to stringing together damaging combinations. However, Mitchell showed no real signs of being in danger until the fight was nearly over.

  1. Sullivan Barrera [175 lbs] RTD4 Rowland Bryant [174 lbs] (3:00)

Barrera (13-0, 8 KOs) walked Bryant (18-4, 12 KOs) down with a jab and punished him with right hands. Bryant touched down following a straight right hand in round 2 and was thoroughly dominated thenceforth. Bryant had enough experience to tie up and survive on the ropes in rounds 3 and 4, but not enough will-power to throw back. Thus Bryant retired on his stool after the 4th round. Barrera may be Cuba’s greatest hope in the light heavyweight division to date.

  1. Eric Hunter [128 lbs] TKO6 Daniel Ramirez [127 lbs] (1:23)

Hunter (18-3, 9 KOs) played with Ramirez (11-1, 5 KOs) for 5 rounds before he turned up the heat in the 6th and took the naturally bigger man out. Ramirez was the busier fighter overall but really struggled to land. Hunter fought off the ropes with technique like Mayweather and punching power like Rigondeaux. In the 6th round Ramirez was stunned by jabs, hooks, and uppercuts before ultimately going down on a right hook. He was stopped standing shortly thereafter by another right hook. This was Hunter’s first fight under the Golden Boy banner. Ramirez replaced William Gonzalez as an opponent a few weeks’ notice. NABF featherweight champ Hunter doesn’t appear far from his first world title shot.

  1. Vyacheslav Glazkov [220 lbs] RTD7 Darnell Wilson [239 lbs] (3:00)

Glazkov (18-0-1, 11 KOs) stayed busy against faded former USBA cruiserweight champion Wilson (25-17-3, 21 KOs) as he bides his time for an IBF heavyweight title shot. Once Wladmir Klitschko faces Kubrat Pulev on November 15, Glazkov likely becomes the next top contender. In any event, Glazkov-Wilson was a sad mismatch. Wilson was too old, too short, and too fat to compete. Wilson didn’t show any signs of life until the start of the 6th round and his rally was short lived. However, 11 months earlier Wilson scored an upset KO over David Rodriguez (36-0, 34 KOs), also in the 6th round. Can’t say the “Ding-A-Ling Man” isn’t without a sense of intrigue. Nonetheless Wilson retired in his corner after round 7.

  1. Nadjib Mohammedi [176 lbs] KO1 Demetrius Walker [174.5 lbs] (2:16)

Mohammedi (35-3, 21 KOs) also stayed busy against Walker (7-7-1, 4 KOs), unfortunately an even bigger mismatch than Glazkov-Wilson. Walker was dropped twice, first by an uppercut and then by a hook, and stayed down for a 10-count. Fans booed Walker’s effort but the fight had no business being sanctioned. Mohammedi is the top contender for the IBF light heavyweight title while Walker was riding a 4-fight losing streak, most recently to winless 4-fight novice. Kovalev-Mohammedi is expected in the first half of 2015.

  1. Vyacheslav Shabransky [173.5 lbs] RTD2 Emil Gonzalez [174 lbs] (3:00)

Shabransky (10-0, 8 KOs) kept the string of farces going against Gonzalez (13-8-1, 10 KOs) and retired the Puerto Rican after 2 rounds. Long since gone are the days of Jose Torres, the last, and only, elite 175 pounder from PR. Anyways, Gonzalez spent most of the fight covering up on the ropes. Then, at the end of the 2nd round, he attempted to grab Shabransky. Unfortunately he missed and fell down. It was ruled an official knockdown. Getting dropped by a punch would have been less embarrassing.

  1. Sadam Ali [146 lbs] TKO9 Luis Carlos Abregu [146.5 lbs] (1:54)

As previously discussed, Ali perplexed Abregu throughout the fight. The crowd booed the fight loudly from the opening round but Ali stuck to the game plan and gave the cruder Abregu little to work with. Nonetheless there was very little to separate the fighters until the 6th round (10-8 for Ali courtesy of a lead right hand). Although all of the official judges scored rounds 1-4 for Ali, Abregu had a case in at least half of them. Round 2 may have been Abregu’s second best in the entire fight as Ali was rocked by a big left hook toward the end of the round. Later, at least one judge would give Abregu rounds 5 and 7 while all 3 gave him round 8. The tide of the fight appeared to be changing as Abregu continued to punish Ali early in round 9, arguably robbed of a knockdown in the process when Ali sat on the 2nd rope, but Ali quickly rebounded and stunned Abregu with a left hook. Moments later he staggered Abregu again with a few right hands and finally put him down with a left hook. A brief rally when the action resumed led to referee Harvey Dock stopping the fight with Abregu still standing (and protesting). The future looks bright for Sadam Ali.

  1. Sergey Kovalev [174.5 lbs] UD12 Bernard Hopkins [173.5 lbs] (120-107 [x2], 120-106)

There isn’t much left to detail about the fight itself. The younger, bigger, stronger, busier and (somewhat surprisingly) faster fighter dominated. Kovalev walked Hopkins down with the jab, fired combinations and stepped back out of range before Hopkins could counter effectively (aside from a few moments in rounds 3, 7, and 10). Hopkins was never able to operate from a comfortable range, admitting as much during the post-fight press conference. Hopkins may have compared Kovalev to Kelly Pavlik before the fight, but Kovalev certainly didn’t move like Pavlik during it. Movement has always given Hopkins problems but given Kovalev’s inferior opposition in the past, Sergey didn’t need to use much. Hopkins saw a different fighter in the ring than what he’d seen outside of it. All bets were off after round 1. Hopkins later claimed that he felt like a middleweight or super middleweight in the ring with a cruiserweight. If Hopkins does take another fight after he’s officially 50 years old, he’ll probably move down in weight. Going for a world title at 168 pounds would be a new experience for the living legend, however, any talk of what Hopkins will do next is premature. Business partner / promoter Oscar De La Hoya thinks that fights with either Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Gennady Golovkin make sense.

But regardless of what Hopkins does next, his legacy is secure. Kovalev, on the other hand, still needs to build one. After the press conference SB caught up with Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson to get his take on Kovalev’s standing in the light heavyweight division and pound-for-pound.

Jackson already feels his fighter is the best in the world regardless of weight class and claims that even Andre Ward would be another knockout victim if he ever got into the ring with Sergey. Supposedly, Ward or anyone else moving up in weight will have to fight Kovalev at the full light heavyweight limit. Team Kovalev doesn’t do catchweights. Then again, team Kovalev also hasn’t experienced multi-million dollar purses. Money talks. But first things first: Kovalev now has 3 world titles and mandatory defenses to make. First on the list appears to be Nadjib Mohammedi (IBF). As Kovalev is the WBA’s super champion, he doesn’t have to worry about mandatories with them, unless regular champion Juergen Braehmer wants to risk his steady paychecks. Then there’s Jean Pascal at the top of the WBO, a fight that team Kovalev is actually looking forward to. However, Pascal and Adonis Stevenson appear to be on a collision course after taking interim fights in December. Subsequently Kovalev, widely regarded as the best light heavyweight in the world, may be waiting a while before his next big fight. Meanwhile the anticipation to crown an undisputed light heavyweight champion will continue to build. Stevenson currently holds the WBC/RING titles and is considered Sergey’s biggest threat.

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Hopkins-Kovalev, staged at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, was promoted by Golden Boy and Main Events. The 8,545 announced attendance produced a gate of over $1 million, quite impressive for the venue. Hopkins drew the crowd on this night but it will be interesting to see how well Kovalev can draw moving forward. This was Sergey’s third straight fight in AC, something Hopkins accomplished all the way back in 1990. The torch has been passed; now will it finally last?

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings, and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.

Greatest Knockout Records of All-Time   Leave a comment

Before we get started let the record show that statistics are far from the be-all-end-all when it comes to greatness. Some say numbers don’t lie, but in boxing they surely do. You see, there are no minor leagues in boxing. Talent at the top of the sport regularly competes with talent at the bottom. Subsequently stats can become quite misleading. For example:

Most consecutive knockouts: LaMar Clark (41 to 44, depending on the source)
Most consecutive first-round knockouts: Ali Raymi (21)

Neither Clark nor Raymi are deserving of accolades despite setting world records. If you saw them fight or knew the opponents that they faced, you’d know why. However, guys like Clark and Raymi are generally exceptions in boxing. Fighters that mediocre rarely get the kind of backing required to make such farcical careers a reality. Usually, exceptional knockout artists are fairly respectable.

But not even the greatest knockout punchers necessarily have standout KO streaks or totals. Joe Louis, for instance, was rated the greatest puncher of all time by RING Magazine in 2003. He had impressive but not glaring stats (at least compared to the data collected here). His longest KO streak was 7 (achieved multiple times). His longest first-round KO streak was 3 (achieved once). And he had a total of 52 KOs, 12 of which came in the first round.

On the other hand, Louis did knockout nearly all of his best opponents (save Tommy Farr and a few great fighters Louis fought after coming out of retirement due to tax problems). When you’ve sparked Primo Carnera, Paulino Uzcudun, John Henry Lewis, Max Baer, Jimmy Braddock, Max Schmeling, Billy Conn, and Jersey Joe Walcott, you’re obviously a great puncher (Jack Sharkey excluded because he was washed up).

That being said, rating knockouts purely by the numbers is just a lot easier and far less subjective. Consider it a method of narrowing the field, so to speak. Below you’ll find a compilation of the greatest numerical knockout records in the sport. Numbers with carrots (^) by them cannot be “verified by BoxRec” and probably come from the 1986-1987 RING Record Book and Boxing Encyclopedia (a few other sources were used). While remaining stats are compliant with BoxRec figures, they are not necessarily reliable. Complete records simply do not exist for all fighters throughout boxing history. This is an extremely old sport and proper record keeping is still relatively new to it. Under the circumstances the following numbers are subject to change (especially those corresponding to fighters still active after November 6, 2014, when this was published).

Lists later updated to reflect results up to November 4, 2015.

Most Consecutive Knockouts

  1. LaMar Clark (44^, 7 straight in round 1)
  2. Billy Fox (43^, 4 straight in round 1)
  3. Don Steele (42, 3 straight in round 1)
  4. George Gunther (40^, 2^ straight in round 1)
  5. Bob Allotey (33^, 5 straight in round 1)
  6. Rodolfo Gonzalez (33, 2 straight in round 1)
  7. Deontay Wilder (32, 8 straight in round 1)
  8. Wilfredo Gomez (32, 2 straight in round 1)
  9. Jimmy Adamick (30, 2 straight in round 1)
  10. Jose Manuel Urtain (30^, 2 straight in round 1)
  11. Alfonso Zamora (29, 2 straight in round 1)
  12. Acelino Freitas (29, 2 straight in round 1)
  13. Jesus Pimentel (28, 3 straight in round 1)
  14. %Carlos Zarate (28, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  15. Charley Parham / Charlie Parnam (28^, ? straight in round 1)
  16. Edwin Valero (27, first 18 in round 1)
  17. Miguel Julio (27, 5 straight in round 1)
  18. Earnie Shavers (27, 3 straight in round 1)
  19. Feliciano Dario Azuaga (27, 3 straight in round 1)
  20. Henry Armstrong (27, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  21. Vitali Klitschko (27, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  22. *William Fernando Souza Bezerra (26, 4 straight in round 1 [within a different streak])
  23. Michael Moorer (26, 3 straight in round 1)
  24. Leonilo Miranda (26, 2 straight in round 1)
  25. Aaron Pryor (26, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  26. In-Chul Baek (26, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  27. Victor Oganov (26, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  28. Ali Raymi (25, first 21 in round 1)
  29. David Quinonero (25, 4 straight in round 1)
  30. John Mugabi (25, 2 straight in round 1)
  31. Earl Hargrove (24, 5 straight in round 1)
  32. Scott Daley (24, 4 straight in round 1)
  33. Alex Stewart (24, 3 straight in round 1)
  34. %Ruben Olivares (24, 2 straight in round 1)
  35. %George Foreman (24, 2 straight in round 1)
  36. Mac Foster (24, 2 straight in round 1)
  37. George Foster (24^, ? straight in round 1)
  38. Jaime Garza (23, 3 straight in round 1)
  39. %Carlos Zarate (23, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  40. Alexander Munoz (23, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  41. Atilio Natalio Caraune (23, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  42. Jorge Monsalvo (23, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  43. Nigel Benn (22, 3 straight in round 1)
  44. Alejandro Garcia (22, 3 straight in round 1)
  45. Herbie Hide (22, 3 straight in round 1)
  46. John Collins (22, 3 straight in round 1)
  47. Phil Jackson (22, 2 straight in round 1)
  48. Jose Bruno (22, 2 straight in round 1)
  49. Julian Jackson (22, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  50. Randall Bailey (21, 6 straight in round 1)
  51. Kenny Klingman (21, 5 straight in round 1)
  52. Edison Miranda (21, 4 straight in round 1)
  53. Eduardo Cruz (21, 4 straight in round 1)
  54. Danny Lopez (21, 3 straight in round 1)
  55. %Ruben Olivares (21, 2 straight in round 1)
  56. Frank Bruno (21, 2 straight in round 1)
  57. Daniel Ponce De Leon (21, 2 straight in round 1)
  58. Ricardo Moreno (21, 2 straight in round 1)
  59. *Gennady Golovkin (21, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  60. Matias Ezequiel Gomez (21, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  61. Marcos Jimenez (21, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  62. Ruben Angel Mino (20, 4 straight in round 1)
  63. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr (20, 2 straight in round 1)
  64. David Lemieux (20, 2 straight in round 1)
  65. Aurelio Herrera (20, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  66. Rodolfo Martinez (20, nothing in round 1)
  67. Tom Sharkey (20^, ? straight in round 1)
  68. Fausto Rodriguez (20^, ? straight in round 1)
  69. Tyrone Brunson (19, all in round 1)
  70. Engels Pedroza (19, 8 straight in round 1)
  71. Mike Tyson (19, 6 straight in round 1)
  72. China Smith (19, 5 straight in round 1)
  73. Eugene Hart (19, 3 straight in round 1)
  74. Jorge Eliecer Julio (19, 2 straight in round 1)
  75. Lucas Martin Matthysse (19, 2 straight in round 1)
  76. Steve Hamas (19, 2 straight in round 1)
  77. Sal Martinez (19, 2 straight in round 1)
  78. Sam Garr (19, 2 straight in round 1)
  79. Andres Sandoval (19, 2 straight in round 1)
  80. Tony Mundine (19, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  81. Duane Bobick (19, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  82. Walter Dario Matthysse (19, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  83. Carlos Ruben Canete (19, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  84. Jose Luis Navarro (19, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  85. Abel Ricardo Laudonio (19, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  86. Al Carter (19, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  87. Alberto Reyes (19, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  88. One-Round Hogan (?, 18^ straight in round 1)
  89. David Rodriguez (18, 13 straight in round 1)
  90. Magomed Abdusalamov (18, 8 straight in round 1)
  91. Primo Carnera (18, 3 straight in round 1)
  92. Jo-el Scott (18, 3 straight in round 1)
  93. Lamont Kirkland (18, 3 straight in round 1)
  94. Edwin Lopez (18, 3 straight in round 1)
  95. Bob Fitzsimmons (18, 2 straight in round 1)
  96. Cleveland Williams (18, 2 straight in round 1)
  97. Julio Ceja (18, 2 straight in round 1)
  98. Dmitry Kudryashov (18, 2 straight in round 1)
  99. Sean O’Grady (18, 2 straight in round 1)
  100. Terry McGovern (18, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  101. Naseem Hamed (18, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  102. Barry McGuigan (18, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  103. %George Foreman (18, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  104. Pascual Perez (18, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  105. Uensal Arik (18, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  106. Elio Diaz (18, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  107. Paul Whittaker (18, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  108. Enrique Esqueda (18, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  109. Tye Fields (17, 14 straight in round 1)
  110. Milton McCrory (17, 5 straight in round 1)
  111. Yunier Dorticos (17, 5 straight in round 1)
  112. Mike Pusateri (17, 4 straight in round 1)
  113. Fernando Vargas (17, 3 straight in round 1)
  114. Saul Montana (17, 3 straight in round 1)
  115. Carlos Gonzalez (17, 3 straight in round 1)
  116. Dairo Esalas (17, 3 straight in round 1)
  117. Roy Jones Jr (17, 2 straight in round 1)
  118. Elmer Ray (17, 2 straight in round 1)
  119. Fulgencio Obelmejias (17, 2 straight in round 1)
  120. Gary Mason (17, 2 straight in round 1)
  121. Jose “Chamaco” Rodriguez (17, 2 straight in round 1)
  122. Andre Purlette (17, 2 straight in round 1)
  123. Carmelo Negron (17, 2 straight in round 1)
  124. Tommy Hearns (17, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  125. Juan Alberto Rosas (17, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  126. Samson Dutch Boy Gym (17, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  127. Richard Commey (17, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  128. Adrian Estrella (17, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  129. Monte Masters (17, nothing consecutive in round 1)
  130. Eder Jofre (17, nothing in round 1)
  131. Nino La Rocca (17, nothing in round 1)
  132. Young Otto (?, 16^ straight in round 1)
  133. *Billy Wright (16, 6 straight in round 1)

Most Consecutive First Round Knockouts

  1. Ali Raymi (21)
  2. Tyrone Brunson (19)
  3. Edwin Valero (18)
  4. One-Round Hogan (18^)
  5. Young Otto (16^)
  6. Tye Fields (14)
  7. David Rodriguez (13)

Most Knockouts

  1. Billy Bird (138, 5 in round 1)
  2. Archie Moore (131, 16 in round 1)
  3. Young Stribling (129, 16 in round 1)
  4. Sam Langford (128, 17 in round 1)
  5. Buck Smith (120, 20 in round 1)
  6. George Odwell (114^, 10 in round 1)
  7. Kid Azteca (114, 4 in round 1)
  8. Sugar Ray Robinson (110^, 21^ in round 1)
  9. Alabama Kid (108, 15 in round 1)
  10. Peter Maher (107, 50 in round 1)
  11. Sandy Saddler (103, 17 in round 1)
  12. Henry Armstrong (101, 7 in round 1)
  13. Joe Gans (100, 5 in round 1)
  14. Jimmy Wilde (99, 3 in round 1)

Most First Round Knockouts

  1. Peter Maher (50)
  2. Young Otto (42^)
  3. *Shannon Briggs (36)
  4. *Bronco Billy Wright (30)
  5. Tiger Jack Fox (30^)
  6. LaMar Clark (28)
  7. Buddy Baer (26)
  8. Tye Fields (26)
  9. Feliciano Dario Azuaga (26)
  10. Jack Dempsey (26^)
  11. Sean O’Grady (25)
  12. David Rodriguez (24)
  13. Mike Tyson (22)
  14. Roberto Duran (21)
  15. Ali Raymi (21)
  16. Sugar Ray Robinson (21^)
  17. Gerald McClellan (20)
  18. *Tyrone Brunson (20)
  19. Buck Smith (20)

*Active
%Fighters that made the ‘Most Consecutive Knockouts’ list multiple times

But which of these fighters should we consider great punchers? Eleven years ago a subjective yet well respected list was made that should provide further insight.

RING Magazine’s 100 Greatest Punchers of All-Time (2003)

  1. Joe Louis (66-3, 52 KOs)
  2. ~Sam Langford (179-30-39, 128 KOs)
  3. ~Jimmy Wilde (132-3-1, 99 KOs)
  4. ~Archie Moore (185-23-10, 131 KOs)
  5. ~Sandy Saddler (144-16-2, 103 KOs)
  6. Stanley Ketchell (51-4-4, 48 KOs)
  7. ~Jack Dempsey (55-6-9, 45 KOs)
  8. ~Bob Fitzsimmons (63-8-4, 59 KOs)
  9. ~George Foreman (76-5, 68 KOs)
  10. ~Earnie Shavers (74-14-1, 68 KOs)
  11. ~Sugar Ray Robinson (173-19-6, 108 KOs)
  12. ~Ruben Olivares (89-13-3, 79 KOs)
  13. ~Wilfredo Gomez (44-3-1, 42 KOs)
  14. Rocky Marciano (49-0, 43 KOs)
  15. Sonny Liston (50-4, 39 KOs)
  16. ~Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs)
  17. Bob Foster (56-8-1, 46 KOs)
  18. ~Thomas Hearns (61-5-1, 48 KOs)
  19. Khaosai Galaxy (47-1, 41 KOs)
  20. Alexis Arguello (77-8, 62 KOs)
  21. ~Carlos Zarate (66-4, 63 KOs)
  22. Max Baer (66-13, 51 KOs)
  23. Rocky Graziano (67-10-6, 52 KOs)
  24. Matthew Saad Muhammad (49-16-3, 35 KOs)
  25. ~Julian Jackson (55-6, 49 KOs)
  26. ~Danny Lopez (42-6, 39 KOs)
  27. ~Gerald McClellan (31-3, 29 KOs)
  28. ~Roberto Duran (103-16, 70 KOs)
  29. Rodrigo Valdes (64-8-2, 43 KOs)
  30. Felix Trinidad (42-3, 35 KOs)
  31. Pipino Cuevas (35-15, 31 KOs)
  32. Jim Jefferies (19-1-2, 16 KOs)
  33. Lennox Lewis (41-2-1, 32 KOs)
  34. Bennie Briscoe (66-24-5, 53 KOs)
  35. Marvin Hagler (62-3-2, 52 KOs)
  36. Edwin Rosario (47-6, 41 KOs)
  37. Tommy Ryan (84-2-11, 70 KOs)
  38. ~John Mugabi (42-7-1, 39 KOs)
  39. Joe Frazier (32-4-1, 27 KOs)
  40. Carlos Monzon (87-3-9, 58 KOs)
  41. Tony Zale (67-18-2, 45 KOs)
  42. Michael Spinks (31-1, 21 KOs)
  43. ~Joe Gans (145-10-16, 100 KOs)
  44. ~Elmer Ray (85-17-5, 64 KOs)
  45. George Godfrey [The Leiperville Shadow] (96-21-2, 78 KOs)
  46. ~Naseem Hamed (36-1, 31 KOs)
  47. ~Alfonso Zamora (33-5, 32 KOs)
  48. David Tua (52-5-2, 43 KOs)
  49. ~Cleveland Williams (78-13-1, 58 KOs)
  50. ~Julio Cesar Chavez (107-6-2, 86 KOs)
  51. ~Tiger Jack Fox (140-23-12, 90 KOs)
  52. (Barbados) Joe Walcott (95-25-24, 61 KOs)
  53. Gerry Cooney (28-3, 24 KOs)
  54. Al (Bummy) Davis (65-10-4, 46 KOs)
  55. Max Schmeling (56-10-4, 40 KOs)
  56. Florentino Fernandez (50-16-1, 43 KOs)
  57. ~Henry Armstrong (150-21-10, 101 KOs)
  58. Bob Satterfield (50-25-4, 35 KOs)
  59. Al Hostak (64-9-11, 41 KOs)
  60. ~Jesus Pimentel (77-7, 69 KOs)
  61. ~Eugene (Cyclone) Hart (30-9-1, 28 KOs)
  62. Lew Jenkins (73-41-5, 51 KOs)
  63. Harry Wills (68-9-3, 54 KOs)
  64. ~Tom Sharkey (37-7-6, 34 KOs)
  65. ~Terry McGovern (59-5-4, 44 KOs)
  66. (Jersey) Joe Walcott (51-18-2, 32 KOs)
  67. Kostya Tszyu (31-2, 25 KOs)
  68. Leotis Martin (31-5, 19 KOs)
  69. Buddy Baer (52-7, 48 KOs)
  70. Donovan (Razor) Ruddock (38-5-1, 29 KOs)
  71. Jose Luis Ramirez (102-9, 82 KOs)
  72. Tommy Gomez (75-9-2, 65 KOs)
  73. Jose Napoles (81-7, 54 KOs)
  74. Charles Kid McCoy (86-7-10, 65 KOs)
  75. Antonio Esparragoza (30-2-4, 27 KOs)
  76. ~Ricardo Moreno (60-12-1, 59 KOs)
  77. Evander Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs)
  78. Ike Williams (127-24-4, 61 KOs)
  79. Luis Angel Firpo (31-4, 26 KOs)
  80. Ricardo Lopez (51-0-1, 38 KOs)
  81. Humberto Gonzalez (43-3, 30 KOs)
  82. Bobby Chacon (59-7-1, 47 KOs)
  83. Jock McAvoy (132-14-1, 88 KOs)
  84. Eduardo Lausse (75-10-2, 62 KOs)
  85. ~Eder Jofre (72-2-4, 50 KOs)
  86. Charley Burley (83-12-2, 50 KOs)
  87. Mike McCallum (49-5-1, 36 KOs)
  88. Salvador Sanchez (44-1-1, 32 KOs)
  89. *~Roy Jones Jr. (59-8, 42 KOs)
  90. ~Rodolfo Gonzalez (80-8-1, 67 KOs)
  91. ~Nigel Benn (42-5-1, 35 KOs)
  92. (Irish) Bob Murphy (65-11-2, 56 KOs)
  93. Paul Berlenbach (40-8-3, 34 KOs)
  94. Battling Torres (57-9, 47 KOs)
  95. Chalky Wright (162-45-19, 83 KOs)
  96. George (K.O.) Chaney (101-21-3, 78 KOs)
  97. Andy Ganigan (34-5, 30 KOs)
  98. Fred Fulton (79-16-2, 70 KOs)
  99. Ingemar Johansson (26-2, 17 KOs)
  100. Charley White (87-16-5, 57 KOs)

~Member of the assorted KO lists

Analysis

Ultimately only 36/100 of the RING rated great punchers made the numerically-great knockout lists produced in this article. But it should also be noted that 17 was a semi-arbitrary KO-streak cutoff. Florentino Fernandez, Rocky Marciano, Al Hostak, Eduardo Lausse, and Andy Ganigan reached 16. Edwin Rosario reached 15. Those extra names bring the count from 36 to 42, which still doesn’t show a strong greatness trend. However, 11 of the top 13 greatest punchers did make the KO lists (85%). It would appear that having amazing stats is more relevant to fighters in the discussion of VERY GREATEST puncher of all time, not the runners-up.

Now let’s take a look at the knockout lists individually.

Most Consecutive KOs

Despite at least 10 fighters having 30 or more consecutive KOs, only 2 are considered great punchers and only 1 is considered great overall. Deontay Wilder might wish to change that someday, but it’s hard to imagine him surpassing the legacy of Rodolfo Gonzalez, a WBC lightweight champion and member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame (WBHF).

Speaking of Gonzalez, he claimed to have won 55 straight bouts and was once tied with his stable-mate Efren Torres at 28 consecutive KOs before Efren’s streak ended. Unfortunately these claims are neither verifiable nor supported by non-conflicted parties.

But that’s neither here nor there.

Most Consecutive 1st Round KOs

It’s hard to take any of the lengthy 1-round KO streaks seriously, although Edwin Valero did prove himself to some extent shortly thereafter (before his homicidal and suicidal tendencies got the better of him). Valero became world champion in 2 weight classes before kicking the bucket, with about 1 world class win in each division (130 – Vicente Mosquera, 135 – Antonio DeMarco). Despite his lack of a resume, Valero was on a short list to fight Manny Pacquiao at the height of Manny’s career…

Most KOs

We know at least 14 fighters have 99+ KOs in their careers and 7 are widely considered great (with a strong argument for Young Stribling to be #8). Two more stand out as quality fighters worthy of special praise (Peter Maher and Kid Azteca). It’s probably safe to say it takes a LOT of manipulation to get mediocre fighters as many KOs as these guys have.

Most 1st Round KOs

The talent spectrum for this list is pretty much all over the place. At the top of the list you have Peter Maher, an incredible fighter with 1-round KOs spanning 4 decades. Maher had notable KO victories over the likes of George Godfrey (Old Chocolate), Joe Choynski, and Joe Goddard. None of those guys bit the dust in round 1 but Steve O’Donnell did in a vacant “world heavyweight title” fight. You see, reigning world heavyweight champion Jim Corbett “retired” and awarded his title to the winner of Maher-O’Donnell. But then Corbett came out of “retirement” and resumed being world champion…

Moving on, the rest of the list is occupied by an urban legend, some frauds, some of the greatest fighters of all time, some of the most famous fighters of all time, some solid champions/contenders, and then there’s Shannon Briggs.

Young Otto beware, “The Cannon” is coming for you. If Wladimir Klitschko doesn’t give Briggs a title shot anytime soon, he’ll just keep knocking over cans and making more YouTube videos.

Briggs was rated #7 by the WBA at the time this article was originally published.

#LetsGoChamp

In conclusion, boxing statistics are often a conundrum. Numerical analyses can predict percentages of fighters that are actually worth a damn but numbers alone won’t point out which fighters specifically fit the bill. Boxing will never have a Bill James (founder of sabermetrics). This ain’t “Moneyball” and I’m damn sure not Jonah Hill!

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings, and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.