Unlike most sports, the outcome of a boxing match can be decided in any second of any round. Knockoutpunch looks back over a dramatic 10 months for the sweet science and counts down the top five stoppage wins of the year so far.
The biggest all-British heavyweight showdown of the last decade has been postponed after David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) suffered a deep cut above his eye during sparring a week out from his clash with Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) in Manchester.
In November, unified super middleweight champion Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch faces unbeaten challenger George Groves at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester in one of the most eagerly anticipated domestic fights in years.
2013 has been a stellar year for boxing and the schedule for the months ahead is as good as it has been in years, with a slew of superfights still to come before the year is out. Knockoutpunch reveals its wishlist for 2014.
Despite his promoter Mick Hennessy’s bold pronouncements, on Saturday’s evidence, British heavyweight Tyson Fury has an awful long way to go before he can even consider attempting to dethrone the Klitschko brothers.
After claiming a super-featherweight belt last June in a thrilling points win over Puerto Rico’s Roman Martinez (25-1-1, 16 KOs), Scotland’s Ricky Burns was accused in some quarters of milking his WBO strap against less than stellar opposition.
WBC welterweight champion ‘Vicious’ Victor Ortiz has lit the touch paper ahead of his eagerly-awaited clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas on 17 September, claiming that the five-weight world champion is “done” as a fighter.