Here Are The Best Boxing Knockouts Of 2021

With another star-studded year of boxing coming to an end, here’s a look back at five of the best knockouts that shook up the boxing circles.

5. Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has made it to our list with his 11th-round knockout win over then undefeated, Caleb Plant. On November 7, Canelo bullied Plant for 11 rounds to become the undisputed super-middleweight king in Las Vegas.

Both boxers shared a lot of anger against each other prior to the super fight, but they buried hatchets right away once the fight concluded.

This made Canelo only the sixth champion and the first from Mexico to possess every title in the four-belt era.

He is now preparing to wear the cruiserweight crown when he takes on Ilunga Makabu in early 2022. As for Plant, the former IBF titlist hasn’t announced what his next move will be.

4. Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder

October marked history for Tyson Fury who retained his WBC heavyweight crown against former champ, Deontay Wilder.

The Gypsy King knocked out the Bronze Bomber in the eleventh round. Fury’s conditioning seemingly was too much even for a man who has a knack for knocking out boxers with half-paced punches.

“Like the great John Wayne said, I’m made of pig iron and steel, baby!” Fury said in the post-match interview.

“I took some big shots but my lord and savior helped me up and kept me going. It was a great fight tonight and it’s worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport.”

3. Kiko Martinez vs Kid Galahad

Kiko Martinez pulled off a stunning win against Kid Galahad in a situation which was going against him in November.

Galahad was winning round after round until Martinez got the better of him in fifth round, knocked him down, and delivered the final haymaker in sixth to bag the KO win.

Martinez, 35, was a betting underdog entering into the fight. Galahad, who controlled almost the entire fight, was rushed in by ringside doctors right after he hit the canvas and referee put an end to the contest.

2. Gabriel Rosado vs Bektemir Melikuziev

It took Gabriel Rosado only three rounds to put away Bektemir Melikuziev in El Paso. Rosado, 35, could not trouble his opponent in the opening rounds, like most fans anticipated.

The veteran boxer was blasted with barrage of body punches which seemed like enough for him to be overwhelmed, but he had other plans in the latter rounds.

1. Oscar Valdez vs Miguel Berchelt

The KO of the year belongs to Oscar Valdez, who proved the boxing pundits wrong when he beat Miguel Berchelt in February.

Valdez, who snatched the WBC junior lightweight crown from Berchelt, rocked the betting favorite with a left hook in the final second of the 10th round.

Valdez entered the title fight as an underdog. After the fight concluded, he took a jibe at everyone who doubted him.

“I have a list of people who doubted me. My idols doubted me,” the newly-crowned champ said.

“Boxing analysts doubted me. They said Berchelt was going to knock me out. I have a message to everybody: Don’t’ let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do.”

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