Three Nominees For KO Of Year
As we come to the end of 2021 there certainly have been a lot of dramatic endings in the ring and it’s a debate to come up with what the best kayo was? However, whether it’s Oscar Valdez, Tyson Fury or Jake Paul, we believe there are three front-runners for what we consider will be the most memorable KO of the past 12 months.
So we submit for you to mull over and weigh in on with us on which knockout it might be?
Oscar Valdez TKO 10 over Miguel Berchelt
This was a battle for the WBC Junior Lightweight Championship, as the unbeaten Valdez was challenging the veteran Berchelt in February in Las Vegas. Valdez with wearing Berchelt down, who had had trouble cutting weight to get to 130 lb. And, eventually Valdez dropped the champ in the 10th round.
That set up our first dramatic nominee for knockout of the year, as Valdez caught Berchelt coming in with a straight left hand. The Mexican champ fell like a tree, face-first and the ref did not even bother to count as Valdez improved to 29 – 0.
While the fighters involved may not be as popular or prominent as the other nominees, this knockout was still very impressive and could be the one that we remember the most.
Tyson Fury TKO 11 against Deontay Wilder
In the long-awaited third fight between the WBC Heavyweight Champion Fury and the former champion Wilder in October, both fighters had tasted the canvas early on in the bout. After Fury had picked up where he left off in the February 2020 beating of the Alabama native, he knocked Wilder down early in this third bout in round three. And it looked like it was going to be an easy short night for “The Gypsy King.”
However to his credit Wilder got off the canvas and actually knocked Fury down twice in the fourth round and looked as though he might pull a dramatic reversal upset. Still, Fury was the better and fresher fighter is the fight we’re on and dropped Wilder again in the 10th round.
The end finally came with a barrage of punches along the along the ropes the culminated with Fury landing a thudding punch to the side of Wilder’s head, dropping him face-first to the canvas for his second consecutive KO victory. The Heavyweights just seem to mean more and it’s very possible that your ease when is “The Knockout of the Year.”
Jake Paul TKO 6 Tyron Woodley
In the hastily rescheduled rematch of their August fight, which Paul won by eight round decision, the YouTube/social media sensation once again delivered with a “sledgehammer right hand” to get in on our nominations for KO of the year.
Paul had trouble with Woodley landing and evading him for a lot of the first five rounds of their PPV fight. Was further compounded by Paul suffering a cut on the brow above his right eye. However, in the end as 3 of his previous fights also concluded, Paul loaded up from waist-level and bombed Woodley with a straight right to the side of the head.
Just like Berchelt, and Wilderm Woodley fell face-first unconscious and the ref did not bother to count.
Sure, Paul isn’t a tested pro boxer, at this point, but his KO registered virally all over the internet and social media and has to be considered, too.
Now, we’ll select a winner later this week.