Except for perhaps the walk-off home run, the knockout is the most exciting event in sports—one explosive play or sequence that ends the contest and leaves the crowd on its feet and breathless.
And when it comes to combining ferocious brutality with stunning beauty, nothing this side of a natural weather event can compare. It is a truly primal moment, and the aftermath can be legitimately scary to all who witness it, even as they were thrilled only seconds before.
YouTube is full of great knockouts and knockout compilations, so this list should not be in any way viewed as definitive. This isn't a "best of" list. It is simply a collection of KO's, some shocking, some dramatic and some simply amusing.
Despite the title of this slideshow, I'll admit upfront that I have included a few pretty famous knockouts that will actually be familiar to most of my readers. These are particularly historic or noteworthy KO's, and if you haven't seen them, you should.
And if you have, you probably won't mind seeing them again.