Ward vs. Abraham: Watch 'King' Arthur's 5 Most Violent Knockouts
When Arthur Abraham steps into the ring this weekend to face undefeated boxer and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward, he will be bringing one thing many of Ward's previous opponents did not, and that's one-punch knockout power.
Before Abraham (32-2, 26 KO) suffered back-to-back defeats to Carl Froch and Andre Dirrell, the German fighter had a 31-0 record with 25 KOs. He has had several knockout of the year candidates, which have left many opponent unconscious on the canvas.
Ward (20-0, 13 KO) could suffer his first professional defeat if he takes one of Abraham's shots.
No. 5: Sebastian Demers
Abraham was making the fifth defense of his IBF middleweight title when he took on the undefeated Canadian Sebastian Demers.
Abraham was 22-0 and coming of three straight unanimous decision victories, including the grueling 12-rounder versus Edison Miranda that had left him with a broken jaw.
It took him eight months to return, but he did and knocked out Demers in the third round to retain the title.
No. 4: Edison Miranda
The first match between Edison Miranda and Abraham was brutal. Abraham's jaw had been broken by the power of Miranda's punching.
Still, the Super Six semifinalist fought on to win a hard-fought decision after several points had been deducted from Miranda for low blows.
The rematch was set almost two years later and would be the Showtime debut of Abraham. He walked through Miranda in four rounds and gave him the first knockout loss of his career.
No. 3: Elvin Ayala
Abraham is known for his knockouts in the late rounds, and he showed it in his fight with Elvin Ayala.
With 30 seconds to go, he threw a vicious left hook/uppercut that broke through Ayala's guard and knocked him out cold, leaving his face go smashing face first into the canvas.
Abraham always has power late, and Ward will need to be on guard all night if he plans on avoiding it.
No. 2: Jermain Taylor
The opening fight to the Showtime Super Six tournament could not have gone any better for Abraham, who was fighting in front of his hometown.
With the only knockout victory in the tournament so far, he finished off former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor with 20 seconds to go in their fight. The straight right that knocked out Taylor left him unconscious on the canvas for a minute before he was able to get up.
It had been a close fight till the sudden and violent ending, but it was one that Abraham was winning.
He hurt Taylor earlier and never let up until he got the KO.
No. 1: Khoren Gevor
Abraham's sixth defense of the IBF middleweight title was against Armenian boxer Khoren Gevor.
Once again, he displayed his late knockout power and landed a devastating left hook to the chin of his opponent, twisting his head around while he fell straight to the canvas.
Gevor fell into a disturbing position as he sat on his legs with his head slumped over onto his shoulder.
This is Abraham's most spectacular knockout, but there are probably many more to come.