2015 RING Awards: Finalists for Knockout of the Year
The past year was packed with drama in and out of the ring, including some memorable fights, big surprises and important milestones.
Who and what stood out the most?
Leading up to the announcement, we will give you the five finalists in one category each day. Day 7: Knockout of the Year
The finalists (in chronological order) are:
Canelo Alvarez KO3 James Kirkland
In round one, Kirkland explodes out of the blocks to put immediate pressure on the Mexican who drops his overly aggressive opponent with a straight right. The “Mandingo Warrior” rises gamely but ships heavy punishment before two more knockdowns prove decisive in the third. The finishing shot is a massive right to the jaw.
Krzysztof Glowacki KO11 Marco Huck
Huck, the WBO cruiserweight titleholder, came to Newark, New Jersey, for his U.S. debut with the idea of enthralling American fans while also setting the record for successful consecutive defenses in his division. He left without his belt as he was dropped twice in Round 11 by Poland’s Glowacki, prompting referee David Fields to waive a count.
Gabriel Bracero KO1 Danny O’Connor
With only five knockout victories heading into his rematch with Danny O’Connor, Gabriel Bracero wasn’t known as a hard puncher. But a single overhand right landed flush and sent O’Connor crashing onto his back, unconscious. Elapsed time: 41 seconds.
Daniel Jacobs TKO1 Peter Quillin
Jacobs landed a hard right that took Quillin off Flatbush Avenue and put him on Queer Street in the Battle for Brooklyn. Jacobs then landed 27 of 53 punches, including the temple shot that sent the challenger reeling and caused referee Harvey Dock to wave the fight off after only 85 seconds.
Yenifel Vicente KO3 Juan Dominguez
Vicente’s one-punch takeout of Dominguez looked a lot like Bracero’s, the big difference being that it happened in the third round. An overhand right found the mark in the featherweight contest and Dominguez went down onto his back, so out that he had to be removed from the ring on a stretcher.
Tomorrow: Trainer of the Year finalists.
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