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Boxing - KO Artists of Yesteryear

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Winning by knockout against a worthy opponent is the ultimate goal of most boxers. The amount of Ko’s in a champion’s career enhances his / her prestige and standing amongst the fans and fellow fighters. Here we take a look at a selection of some of boxing’s best Ko artists ever of the recent and distant past. The ultimate warriors of the ring.   

A knockout (also referred to as a K.O.) is a winning criterion in several full-contact combat sports, such as boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, mixed martial arts, Karate and others sports involving striking. A knockout is usually awarded when one participant is unable to rise from the canvas within a specified period of time, typically because of fatigue, injury (serious or temporarily incapacitating, e.g. a bleeding cut above the eye can blind a fighter), loss of balance, or unconsciousness; that is, the person may literally be knocked out.





No 1. (145 Ko wins) Archie Moore “the Old Mongoose” - Although none seem to agree on the number of exact wins Moore had by Ko’s as in those days some fights just never were recorded, especially when a fighter fought all over the world like Archie did. One thing is clear whether you accept 129 or 141 or some other number in that range, the Old Mongoose as Archie was called scored more KOs than any other fighter in the history of the sport. World Light Heavyweight Champion  1952 Dec 17 – 1962 May 12 - Archie Moore - 181 wins, 24 losses, 9 draws and 1 no contest, 145 KO.





No 2. (109 Ko’s wins) “Sugar”  Ray Robinson  - While many fighters have held that nickname over the years, none have been as sweet as Ray Robinson, whose real name was actually Walker Smith Jr. Robinson won the middleweight title an unprecedented 5 times. Even Muhammed Ali referred to Sugar Ray as the greatest fighter ever (it is rumored that Robinson actually refused to give Ali an autograph when Ali met him while Ali was still young, and Clay). Unlike Moore, the majority of Robinson's losses came at the end of his career.





No 3. (86 Ko’s wins) Julio Cesar Chavez - Julio is a Mexican world champion boxer who won world titles in 3 different divisions. Among the world champions that Chávez defeated in his career are Edwin Rosario, Jose Luis Ramirez, Rocky Lockridge, Meldrick Taylor, Roger Mayweather, Sammy Fuentes, Héctor "Macho" Camacho, Juan Laporte, and Tony López. Chavez went 13 years before not winning a fight, with a draw to Pernell Whitaker, and it was another year later before he suffered his first defeat which was avenged 4 months later. Only in his last 8 years of his 24 year career did Chavez acount for 4 of his 5 losses to 3 different opponents. He was able to avenge his lose to Willey Wise, but failed in second attempt to Oscar De La Hoya. - Won 107 Lost 6, 2 draws, 86 KO.





No 4. (68 Ko’s wins) “Big” George Foreman's biggest enemy opponent has always been himself. He could not accept defeat. After making his name as one of the most dominant fighter ever, his loss to Ali took him out of professional boxing for over a year. He made his first comeback attempt in 1977, knocking out his next 5 opponents (including Frazier, again), only to retire after losing a 12 round decision. A decade later, Foreman made an improbable comeback at the age of 38. Foreman made it again near the top of the boxing rankings, and despite suffering setbacks against Holyfield and Tommy Morrison, Foreman shocked the world when he stunned Michael Moore with a knock out in the 10th round. His next few bouts further proved that even unto his late 40th, Foreman was still a formidable force. George Foreman - Won 76 lost 5, 68 KO. (source






No 4. (54 Ko’s wins) Joe (Brown Bomber) Louis - While there seems to be some dispute over whether 5 of his victories by KO were exhibition matches or not, there is a consensus not take seriously 2 of his 3 losses in failed comeback attempts. The last, and most humiliating defeat was an 8th round KO through the ropes by Rocky Marciano. The Brown Bomber was so much in debt, that he tried to come back well past his prime. The fact that so much cultural identify was thrust upon his shoulders, made Joe Louis not only one of the greatest pure fighters, but a true icon for America's 2nd class citizens. Joe will be best known for his 1st round KO over Germany's Max Schmeling in 1938. Schmeling beat the favored Louis in 12 years only a few years earlier. Even when Joe won the Heavyweight title by knockout, he refused to be called champion until he settled the score with Schmeling. It is this attitude that made him a national hero despite his color. Won 68 Lost 3, 54 KO.


Roberto Duran - 103 Wins, 16 Loss, 69 KO

“Marvelous” Marvin Hagler - 62 Wins, 3 Losses, 2 Draws, 52 KO

Thomas Hearns - 59 wins 4 Loss 1 Draw, 46 KO

Mike Tyson - 50 wins, 5 losses, 2 no contests, 44 KO

Rocky Lennox Lewis - 41 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw, 32 KO

Marciano - Won 49 Lost 0, 43 KO

Muhammed (Louisville Lip) Ali - won 56 Lost 5, 37 KO

 “Sugar” Ray Leonard - 36 Wins, 3 Loss, 1 Draw, 25 KO



A selection of links to videos current and historical showing some of the greatest knockouts in the history of boxing