2016 delivered some spectacular knockouts from the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko, Hassan N'Dam, Canelo Alvarez, Joe Smith Jr. and a plethora of others.
Below are the nominees
- Hassan N’Damn KO1 Alfonso Blanco
- Canelo Alvarez KO6 Amir Khan
- Joe Smith Jr. TKO8 Bernard Hopkins
- Vasyl Lomachenko KO5 Roman Martinez
- Deontay Wilder KO9 Artur Szpilka
- Mason Menard KO3 Eudy Bernardo
But we can only pick one winner to take the cake as the best knockout of 2016 as we continue our Champions Awards 2016 week.
Canelo Alvarez KO6 Amir Khan
If there's a boxing equivalent to a slam dunk that shatters the backboard glass, it was Canelo Alvarez's wicked right hand that sent Amir Khan crashing to the ground. Alvarez was defending the WBC and lineal middleweight championship against Khan in a match that pit Alvarez's power vs. Khan's speed. Khan displayed his fistic lightning in the first couple of rounds, but Alvarez kept chasing him and eventually caught him.
Alvarez started to get his jab going in rounds 4 and 5 and, most importantly, he started landing hard body shots that disrupted Khan's rhythm. Timing is everything, and in the 6th round, Alvarez landed a beautiful shot to Khan's face. Khan was out before he hit the canvas. How do we know this? The back of Khan's head bounced off it like a deflated basketball. The referee didn't even bother to count. It was absolutely beautiful and brutal at the same time.
Joe Smith Jr. TKO8 Bernard Hopkins
This knockout looked worse than it was, but perception is often reality, which is entirely unfortunate for the legendary Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins, in the final fight of his illustrious career, was losing against Joe Smith Jr when he got hit with a flurry of punches while his back was against the ropes. Hopkins is known as a master defensive boxer, often slinking down to half his size to avoid or take the sting away from punches. This time, the tactic turned on him. As he was getting hammered with shots, Hopkins lowered his body and got clubbed with a final left hook that sent him through the ropes and onto the floor outside the ring. Hopkins injured his right ankle in the fall and was in no shape to continue after the punches either. It wouldn't have mattered though, as he was counted out by the referee. It was a dramatic and ironic end to the career of one of boxing's greats.
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