5 Fastest Knockouts in a Boxing Title Fight
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Knockouts, especially fast ones, are impressive to even the average fan. There's an assumption in the average human mind that a fight between two people should be long, brutal and have ebb and flow.
When a boxer brutally knocks out another boxer and does so within the first round, he (or she) completely squashes that theory.
If a first-round knockout occurs in a championship bout, the utter "wow" factor of the knockout is amplified. Usually, but not always, those who make it to a shot at the champ have done their homework.
The contenders have trained and bled to get to the position they are. The champions, likewise, also worked hard to get where they are.
A complete shellacking in the first round by either contender or champion is a rare, yet completely awesome feat.
Here are the five quickest first-round knockouts.
5. Naseem Hamed Beats Said Lawal in 35 Seconds
Hamed vs. Lawal
Prince Naseem Hamed (36-1, 33 KO) was one of the rising stars of the 1990s when he moved up to the featherweight (126-lb) division to win his first world championship in 1995.
In 1996, Naseem stylishly dispatched of Said Lawal (22-8-2 9 KO) in two knockdowns in 35 seconds.
After the second pitiful knockdown, the referee waved it off as Lawal lay on the canvas hurt.
4. Pongsaklek Wonjongkam Beats Daisuke Naito in 34 Seconds
The action starts at the 1:25 mark and ends quickly.
Wonjongkam (83-4-2, 44 KO) defeated rival Daisuke Naito (36-3-3, 23 KO) in just 34 seconds in 2002 to defend his WBC flyweight (112-lb) title.
The performance still holds the record for the fastest knockout in flyweight world championship history.
3. Bernard Hopkins Beats Steve Frank in 24 Seconds
Bernard Hopkins knocks out Steve Frank
B-Hop AKA Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO) had just won his IBF middleweight (160-lb) world title the fight before. Steve Frank (17-4-1, 5 KO) proved to be his unlucky first title defense.
Hopkins laid Frank out in 24 seconds, showing how untouchable he was in 1996.
2. Gerald McClellan Beats Jay Bell in 20 Seconds
The fight starts at the 1:24 mark and ends not too long afterwards.
Gerald McClellan (31-3, 29 KO) was on a role in 1993.
Jay Bell (20-2-1, 19 KO) happened to get caught in the way. Bell was a decent fighter, but McClellan was a great fighter.
After having knocked out the knockout king, Julian Jackson (55-6, 49 KO), in only five rounds just nearly three months ago, McClellan came in the ring with Bell that August to look impressive.
In just one bodyshot to the solar plexus, McClellan successfully defended his WBC middleweight title to lay claim at the time to the fastest knockout in boxing title fight history.
The 20-second masterpiece remains the fastest knockout in middleweight world championship history today. His knockout was topped in another division just a year later in 1994.
1. Daniel Jimenez Beats Harald Geier in 17 Seconds
The introductions are far longer than the fight itself which starts at the 2:48 mark.
Daniel Jimenez (30-13-1, 15 KO) gave Austrian fighter Harald Geier (33-3-1, 18 KO) a shot at his WBO super bantamweight (122-lb) title. Geier was undefeated and had home advantage in the fight.
What resulted was the quickest snatching of a fighter's "0" in the history of any major world championship fight. Geier's home advantage was muted by a 17-second knockout.
Since this fight occurred in September of 1994, no title fight has come close to matching the speed with which this prizefight was over.