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Best 11th Round Knockouts in Boxing History

Updated on August 29, 2014

Darnell Wilson K.O. 11 Emmanuel Nwodo (2007)

Darnell Wilson nearly ripped Emmanuel Nwado's head off in the 11th round of their ESPN bout.
Darnell Wilson nearly ripped Emmanuel Nwado's head off in the 11th round of their ESPN bout. | Source

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Darnell Wilson vs. Emmanuel Nwodo

Wilson and Nwado were top light heavyweights but Nwado was on his way up while The Ding-A-Ling man was a question mark.

Nwado started out quick and built a large lead. He was landing jabs at will and even lead left hooks to the head. Wilson kept coming and landed heavy body shots in the middle rounds. By the tenth round it was obvious that Wilson needed either a knockout or at least several knock downs to get the W. Near the end of the tenth round Wilson landed a big right and Nwado held on. The eleventh round was brutal and horrific for Emmanuel Nwado because the left and right hand that hit his head seemed to seriously hurt him and the match was called without a count. Thankfully, Nwado has recovered from that devastating stoppage.

Max Baer K.O 11 Primo Carnera (1934)

Max Baer knocked out the Italian Giant Primo Carnera in 11 rounds to win the heavyweight championship.
Max Baer knocked out the Italian Giant Primo Carnera in 11 rounds to win the heavyweight championship. | Source

Max Baer vs. Primo Carnera

Primo Carnera was the heavyweight champion of the world and he was a limited but humongous Italian boxer. Max Baer was a top heavyweight title challenger and he had a knockout punch.

What a mismatch! Carnera goes down hard in the first round three times and three more times in the second. It should have been stopped then but it was allowed to go on. Carnera couldn't land anything and Baer landed a crushing right hand to floor Carnera yet again in the third. The fourth and fifth rounds were slow as Carnera clinched for dear life and circled the squared circle. In the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds Baer really started to hit with solid punches that kept Carnera on his heels. The ninth was all Baer as was the eleventh, a round in which Carnera went down multiple times again. In the eleventh heat, Carnera went down twice more with the final knockdown being for the count.

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Joe Louis K.O. 11 Joe Walcott (1948)

Joe Louis survived a third round knockdown to come back and knockout Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 rounds in their rematch.
Joe Louis survived a third round knockdown to come back and knockout Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 rounds in their rematch. | Source

Joe Louis vs. Jersey Joe Walcott 2

Joe Louis was the heavyweight champion and he was fighting a rematch against Walcott because many felt he didn't deserve the decision on the first contest. Jersey Joe was a top contender for the championship.

The first five rounds were all Walcott and he even floored Louis for a short count early in the match. The sixth and seventh were much closer as Louis started to land his jab and an occasional right hand. In the 8th round Walcott seemed to regain control with his cute moves and sneaky right hand leads. The ninth was a close heat and could have gone either way. Louis staggered Walcott with a right but he ate lots of leather mid round. In the tenth, a tiring Walcott still landed shots but they seemed to lack steam and Louis kept pursuing even though he was down on the cards slightly. In the eleventh, Louis caught Walcott between his guard with a perfect right hand and Walcott went down and stayed down.

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Erik Morales vs. Daniel Zaragoza (1997)

El Terrible knocked out Daniel Zaragoza in 11 rounds to win his first major world title.
El Terrible knocked out Daniel Zaragoza in 11 rounds to win his first major world title. | Source

Erik Morales K.O. 11 Daniel Zaragoza

Zaragoza was the veteran Jr. Featherweight champion and Erik Morales was the undefeated contender gunning for his first crown.

The first five rounds were nip and tuck with Morales landing fast combinations and Zaragoza landed hard counter shots. In the sixth and seventh rounds Morales started landing uppercuts and hard hooks to the body that seemed to slow Zaragoza considerably. The 8th round was all Morales as he landed almost at will as Zaragoza started to swell around both eyes. The ninth was more Morales as he continued to dish out constant punishment. Daniel Zaragoza sang for the fences but could not connect solid and he ate lots of jabs and straight rights to end the round. Morales put Zaragoza down with a crisp right in the tenth but Zaragoza beat the count. In the eleventh Morales swarmed his hurt opponent until the ref saved him from more pain.

Naseem Hamed K.O. 11 Paul Ingle (1999)

The Prince was the featherweight champion and Paul Ingle was a top contender.

In the first round, Hamed floored Ingle but he wasn't hurt and he fought on even terms the rest of the round. The second and third rounds were close with Naz holding an edge in speed and power. The fourth and fifth heats were all Hamed as he landed head snapping shots with both fists. In the sixth round Hamed landed a huge left hand that put Ingle on his trunks. He beat the count but looked dazed as he battled back to end the round. The seventh and eighth rounds were all The Prince's but Ingle was landing some good hooks here and there. The ninth was a rest round for both boxers as neither seized the initiative. In the tenth heat, Ingle started to land hard shots that appeared to wobble Hamed and his nose began to bleed profusely. Hamed looked tired and beaten at the end of ten rounds but in the eleventh he landed a left hand from out of nowhere that left Ingle on the floor and completely helpless.

Randal Bailey vs. Mike Jones (2012)

"The Knockout King" lived up to his moniker by scoring a dramatic, come from behind knockout of Mike Jones.
"The Knockout King" lived up to his moniker by scoring a dramatic, come from behind knockout of Mike Jones. | Source

Randal Bailey Destroys Mike Jones

Randal Bailey K.O. 11 Mike Jones

Randal Bailey is called "The KO King" and for good reason. He can crack with both hands. Mike Jones was the undefeated boxer with speed, reflexes and youth on his side in this welterweight clash.

Jones outboxed and to be Frank, outclassed Bailey with ease for most of the bout but he was using lots of energy with his footwork and fast pace. After ten rounds, Bailey had lost every round except for maybe one. Jones used a textbook jab and deft foot movement to baffle the slower Bailey. In the eleventh round Jones dropped his guard for a split second and Bailey unloaded his Sunday punch and the bout was over proving that it ain't over....till it's over.

Marvelous Marvin vs. The Beast (1986)

Marvelous Marvin Hagler used his southpaw jab to set up the knockout against John Mugabi in defense of his middleweight crown.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler used his southpaw jab to set up the knockout against John Mugabi in defense of his middleweight crown. | Source

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Marvin Hagler K.O. 11 John Mugabi

Marvelous Marvin Hagler was the middleweight champion and making his 12th defense against The Beast was a top 160 pound contender who was undefeated and had a record of 26-0 with 26 knockouts.

Hagler and Mugabi fought in a war with Hagler receiving a slightly closed eye and having to fight through adversity to pull out the victory. After five rounds the bout was close but in the sixth stanza Hagler put Mugabi down hard on the canvas with a straight left. Mugabi barely survived the round as Hagler mauled him with shots to the head and body. Hagler won the seventh and eighth even though both were fiercely contested. In the ninth heat The Beast gave all he had and found some success by clipping Hagler with some crisp right hands. Hagler, who has an iron chin kept punching and in round 11 put Mugabi down and out.

Ezzard Charles: The Cincinnati Cobra

Ezzard Charles is the former heavyweight champion of the world but he is actually considered by most to be the best light heavyweight in history.
Ezzard Charles is the former heavyweight champion of the world but he is actually considered by most to be the best light heavyweight in history. | Source

Ezzard Charles K.O. 11 Rex Layne

Ezzard Charles is known as the best light heavyweight in boxing history and he also is a former heavyweight champion. Rex Layne was a top heavyweight contender.

Charles easily dominated this bout but Layne gave his all. The first five rounds were competitive with Laune landing a stiff jab but Charles edging the rounds with a fast work rate. In the sixth round, Charles floored Layne and opened a nasty cut over his eye. The seventh was even worse for Layne as he absorbed a beating and was felled again near the end of the heat. The eighth was a slow round as Layne held a lot and Charles took a breather. The ninth was all Charles as he peppered Layne with hooks, jabs and uppercuts. The tenth was the finisher as Charles caught Layne with a huge hook and a big right to put him on the mat. Layne made to his feet but he didn't know where he was and his face was a swollen, bloody mask. The ref stopped the massacre.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Tremendous job on this series. You make boxing interesting even for a non-fan. :-)

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