Boxing Rankings: The 10 Worst Low Blows in History (With Video)
The low blow can be the most devastating punch a boxer takes during a fight. Whether they are deliberate or unintentional, the damage is debilitating, and the result of the fight can be determined from it.
They were once legal in certain combat sports, but regulations and rules have been applied to keep the one who is daring enough to go low from doing it. If they do, they are usually warned or have a point take away.
Very rarely are they disqualified, but as you'll see in these videos, that's not always the case.
Notable Mention: Felix Trinidad vs. Fernando Vargas
Felix "Tito" Trinidad put his undefeated record on the line to take on another undefeated fighter in Fernando Vargas.
At 38-0, Trinidad had become one of Puerto Rico's greatest boxers, and he planned on taking Vargas, who was 20-0, out early. He knocked him down twice in the first round.
After Vargas survived, a frustrated Trinidad threw a low blow in the third and one in the the fourth round after he was knocked down. He was deducted a point. Vargas was also deducted a point for a low blow later in the fight.
Trinidad eventually won by 12th-round knockout.
Video: Low blows at 8:20 and 11:40.
No. 10: Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney
Undefeated heavyweight champion Larry Holmes put his WBC title on the line against an undefeated challenger named Gerry Cooney in 1982.
Three low blows and three point deductions later, we have one the most points deducted for low blows without a disqualification ever seen.
Usually the third results in a disqualification, but Holmes took matters into his own hands and knocked Cooney out in the 13th round.
Video: Low blows at 7:35.
No. 9: Evander Holyfield vs. Michael Dokes
In a bout filled with fouls, Evander Holyfield and Michael Dokes fought nine competitive and vicious rounds before Dokes was knocked out in the 10th.
Before Holyfield earned the thrilling knockout, he dished out several low blows (and headbutts) to his opponent, including one in the very first round.
Dokes lost a point for low blows in the sixth, but Holyfield's was the worst.
No. 8: Bobby Pacquiao vs. Hector Velasquez
Manny Pacquiao's younger brother, Bobby, probably had high expectations to be as great as his brother, but his fight with Hector Velasquez kept him from pursuing his title dreams.
He was disqualified in Round 11 of a very close fight; one that he was winning.
He knocked Velasquez down in the third round but lost points for low blows in the same round as well as in the fifth.
No. 7: Ricky Hatton vs. Kosta Tszyu
This may be the most intentionally accurate low blow ever thrown.
Ricky Hatton wanted to get back at Kosta Tsyzu for throwing a low blow earlier, and he made his look like he meant it.
With pinpoint accuracy, Hatton hit Tsyzu right on the cup immediately after and was warned by the referee.
Hatton would go onto win the fight after Tszyu retired in the 11th round.
No. 6: Miguel Cotto vs. Zab Judah
In Miguel Cotto's toughest test up to that point in his career, he took on the very fast and experience Zab "Super" Judah.
Cotto had been walking through many of his opponents in exciting fashion, but Judah gave him his first real test. It didn't come without some controversy.
Cotto landed a brutal low blow in the third round that cost him a point, but also zapped a lot of Judah's energy.
Judah would not be the same for the rest of the bout and was eventually overwhelmed by Cotto's pressure in the 11th round.
No. 5: Max Schmeling vs. Jack Sharkey I
German heavyweight Max Schmeling faced Jack Sharkey in 1930. Sharkey's world heavyweight title was up for grabs.
In front of 80,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Sharkey became the first heavyweight ever to lose his title by disqualification.
He threw a low blow in the fourth round that put Schmeling down, giving the German a DQ victory and the title.
They had a rematch two years later. Schmeling won a split decision.
Video: Low blow at 9:10.
No. 4: Roberto Duran vs. Ken Buchanan
In a very dirty fight, Roberto Duran headbutted and low blow'd his way to victory over Ken Buchanan.
He only received one warning for all of his fouls and landed a hard low blow beneath the belt in the 13th round to put Buchanan down.
Buchanan, who was holding his groin in pain, was given time to recover but did not come out for the 14th round, resulting in a controversial TKO victory for the boxer from Panama.
Video: Low blow at 3:05.
No. 3: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Zab Judah
Zab Judah may have been Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s toughest opponent to defeat, but it shows just how frustrated Judah was that he couldn't keep his early momentum going.
He threw a low blow in the 10th round that sparked a riot between Mayweather's uncle, Roger, and the Judah camp.
Mayweather didn't respond to the brawl taking place inside the ring and kept his cool on the outside.
The bout was later resumed and Mayweather won a unanimous decision.
No. 2: Riddick Bowe vs. Andrew Golota 1
Andrew "The Nutcracker" Golota is the most famous boxer for the worst things.
Biting and low blows dominate his list of fouls, and there's no more famous low blow in the history of boxing than the one he threw at Riddick Bowe in their first heavyweight title fight. It even caused a major riot inside the ring.
It was a brutal back-and-forth fight and one that would take its toll on both fighters mentally and physically.
Nobody knows for sure if Golota really knew what he was doing when he threw it, but it wasn't the first time, and it wouldn't be the last.
This was voted Ring Magazine's "Event of the Year" in 1996.
No. 1: Riddick Bowe vs. Andrew Golota 2
It's common to see one low blow, whether it's by accident or if it's intentional, and it's rare you see two.
But how about three?
There's never been a three-punch combination to the groin like the one Andrew Golota threw at Riddick Bowe in their second fight.
The fight was just as brutal as the first, and it couldn't have ended in any other way.
After Golota low-blows Bowe, the referee immediately disqualifies him for the second time in a row.
Two fights. Two disqualifications. It doesn't get any worse than that.