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Best 13th Round Knockouts in Boxing History

Updated on April 11, 2017

The Rock K.O. 13 Jersey Joe (1952)

Rocky Marciano knocked Jersey Joe Walcott out in the 13th round with a powerful right hand to win the  heavyweight championship.
Rocky Marciano knocked Jersey Joe Walcott out in the 13th round with a powerful right hand to win the heavyweight championship. | Source

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Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott 1

Jersey Joe was the heavyweight champion and Rocky Marciano was the up and coming, undefeated title challenger.

Round one was great for Walcott as he landed a lead left hook which floored the young Marciano. The Rock recovered and fought pretty even with Walcott for a few rounds but by the sixth stanza Walcott was catching Rocky coming in and also landing stiff, accurate jabs to the on rushing Italian boxer. The 8th and 9th were picture-perfect rounds for Jersey Joe as he slipped Marciano's big shots and landed plenty of his own firepower. Marciano shook Walcott in the tenth with a right uppercut but otherwise he took lots of clean head shots. The eleventh was a slow round but Walcott edged it with lead left hooks and swift footwork. The twelfth round was competitive with Rocky leaping with hooks and right hands that landed occasionally and Walcott landing straight, hard counter punches. In the 13th, Rocky was trailing badly on the cards. He pursued Walcott to the ropes and uncorked a short right hand that made Walcott sink to the canvas and get counted out.

Benny Lynch in Training

Hall of Fame prizefighter Benny Lynch, seen here hitting a reflex bag, is Scotland's first world boxing champion.
Hall of Fame prizefighter Benny Lynch, seen here hitting a reflex bag, is Scotland's first world boxing champion. | Source

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Benny Lynch K.O. 13 Peter Kane (1937)

Benny Lynch was the world flyweight champion and Peter Kane was the number one ranked contender in the division.

Fighting in front of more than 40,000 fans in Scotland, Lynch fought inspired. The bout was close for six rounds with neither man holding a clear edge. Lynch used footwork, speed and a solid jab while Kane used aggression and hard punching to keep it close. The seventh round was a pitched battle because both men hurt the other with right hands. The eighth, ninth and tenth rounds were Lynch's as he began landing in combination and forcing Kane to miss frequently. Kane gave it his all in the eleventh but towards the end of the round Lynch staggered him with a solid one-two. In the 12th round Kane landed a couple of right hands but had to clinch from a big left hook. At the end of the 12th heat, Kane was breathing heavy. In the 13th, Kane tossed out a low, lazy stick and Lynch landed a one-two, followed by a right hand that put Peter Kane down for over a minute.

Alexis Arguello Flattens "Rockabye" Ruben Olivares

Alexis Arguello K.O. 13 Ruben Olivares (1974)

Alexis Arguello landed plenty of left hands like this on his way to knocking out Rock-a-bye Ruben in the 13th round.
Alexis Arguello landed plenty of left hands like this on his way to knocking out Rock-a-bye Ruben in the 13th round. | Source

Alexis Arguello vs Ruben Olivares

The Explosive Thin Man was the featherweight champion and Ruben Oilvares was the former bantamweight king challenging for Arguello's crown.

Arguello shook Oilvares to the core with a head snapping right in the first and landed a bunch of stiff jabs as well to the slow, plodding Olivares. The 2nd-4th heats were one sided in favor of Rockin' Ruben who landed big hooks to the head and body every time Arguello set to punch. The fifth and sixth were back and forth heats as Arguello landed some well timed, long range rights but he was out landed by the constant aggression of Oilvares. The seventh was a slow paced round with lots of hugging but Arguello seemed to be the worse for wear. In the eighth and ninth rounds, Arguello laid on the ropes and took a beating at times from the non stop punching tactics of Olivares. The tenth was a close stanza as the two traded solid shots to the head at ring center. In the eleventh, Arguello absorbed a steady stream of hooks and uppercuts that seemed to leave him hurt and one bomb away from certain defeat. In the 12th, Ruben had Arguello reeling against the ropes and out on his feet. In the 13th, Oilvares rushed in for the kill and was met by a near perfect left hook. Olivares beat the count and was met by an immediate left hook again but this time he was counted out.

Sugar Ray K.O. 13 The Raging Bull (1951)

Sugar Ray Robinson fought Jake LaMotta six times winning five of those bouts.
Sugar Ray Robinson fought Jake LaMotta six times winning five of those bouts. | Source

Ray Robinson vs. Jake LaMotta (Sixth Bout)

The Raging Bull was the middleweight world champion and Sugar Ray Robinson was the top contender. This was their sixth and final meeting.

Robinson and LaMotta met for the sixth and final time and they knew each other oh so well. After 6 heats the fight was even as both boxers landed their share of shots. But the seventh and eighth was when Sugar Ray truly took over by stopping LaMotta in his tracks with uppercuts and solid left hook leads. LaMotta landed some good jabs in the ninth and some solid body shots but otherwise he looked spent and Robinson was beginning to tee off with hooks and overhand rights. The tenth was slow but Robinson took it with crisp one-two' sand deft footwork. The eleventh and twelfth were all Sugar Ray. Robinson landed his jab and straight right over and over while LaMotta pursued but kept missing with lunging hooks. In the 13th, The Raging Bull laid his back to the ropes and Robinson unloaded with over 20 punches landing ovwr half of them to LaMotta's head and chin. The ref stopped the contest with LaMotta up against the ropes but out on his feet to be sure.

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Sam Langford K.O. 13 Sam McVea (1912)

Langford and Mcvea were leading heavyweight contenders and both men, especially Lanford, were the best in the division.

Langford and Mcvea exchanged bombs in the first two rounds with McVea holding the edge. The third was a great round for Mcvea as he landed hard left hooks to take the heat. The fourth and fifth were close rounds as well. Langford landed stiff jabs and hard right hands but Mcvea was the busier fighter. The sixth was a turning point in the bout as Mcvea seemed to get tired and Langford started picking up the pace and adding in body shots on the inside. The seventh and eighth rounds were slow with both men taking the rounds off and lots of clinching going on. In the ninth, Langford wobbled Mcvea twice with straight right hands and Mcvea offered little in return. The 10th and 11th rounds were dominated by Langford who started landing at will on his tiring foe. The 12th was all Langford who used his jab to set up hard right hands and hooks. Langford landed two big right hands in the 13th round to end matters. The second right hand left McVea face first on the canvas where he was counted out.

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Salvadore Sanchez K.O. 13 Danny Lopez (1980)

Salvador Sanchez beat Danny "Little Red" Lopez twice winning both bouts by knockout.
Salvador Sanchez beat Danny "Little Red" Lopez twice winning both bouts by knockout. | Source

Mike "Hercules" Weaver

Mike Weaver is a former heavyweight champion who retired with a record of 41-18-1 with 28 knockouts.
Mike Weaver is a former heavyweight champion who retired with a record of 41-18-1 with 28 knockouts. | Source

Salvadore Sanchez vs. Danny Lopez 1

Danny Lopez was the featherweight wold champ and Salvador Sanchez was his young, top ranked challenger.

Sanchez wins crown in impressive fashion. In the fir the wobbled Lopez three times before the round ended and in the second and third he hurt Lopez again with hooks and solid rights to the head. Lopez fought back in the fourth but still was being out boxed by the skilled Mexican. The fifth was back and forth with Lopez landed lead rights and Salvador Sanchez using footwork and snappy, accurate jabs to keep Lopez from coming in too often. The sixth and seventh were competitive rounds but Sanchez held an edge and started mixing in crisp hooks to the ribcage that seemed to pause Lopez's forward aggression just a bit. In the eighth heat Lopez was repeatedly being countered over his right hand and his jab was becoming nonexistent. Meanwhile, Sanchez was starting to sit down on his shots and in the ninth, Lopez was forced to clinch from the pummeling he was taking. The tenth was Danny Lopez's last hurrah as he clipped an eager Sanchez twice with clean right hands but it was too little too late by now. In the eleventh, Sanchez stopped using angles and his footwork which was bad for Lopez because he absorbed a horrific beating in the eleventh and twelfth. Lopez never stopped attacking but he missed a bunch and Sanchez bounced clean bombs off his skull timed and time again. Lopez has a left eye swollen shut and constant blood flow from his nose and mouth by the 13th and A hard right hand followed by a vicious left hook makes Lopez stumble into the ropes where he is met by a perfect one-two and a devastating uppercut. The referee jumps in and Lopez slumps to the mat.

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Mike Weaver vs. Gerry Coetzee (1980)

Mike Weaver was the WBA Heavyweight King and Gerry Coetzee was a top ranked heavyweight contender.

The first five rounds were nip and tuck with both boxers landing heavy leather. Weaver would get the edge with accurate right hands but then Coetzee would come right back with awkward but effective shots of his own. In the sixth and seventh, Weaver seemed to be gaining an edge because his jab and work rate were paying off. In the 8th round Coetzee landed a humongous right hand that staggered Weaver. Gerry Coetzee landed several more clean shots and Weavwr barely survived the frightful round. The ninth was a slow round because Weaver clinched and took several breathers and Coetzee let him. In the tenth, Coetzee smacked Weaver with combinations but Weaver took them well and landed a few hooks of his own to close out the round. Weaver kept up constant pressure in the 11th and Coetzee seemed to be wilting from the punishment. The12th was a good Weaver round punctuated by lead right hands and stiff one-two's between the guard. In the 13th round, Coetzee had a low left jab countered with a brutal right hand that floored him. Coetzee got to his feet as he was counted out and he didn't know where he was.

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Cornelius Boza-Edwards K.O. 13 Bobby Chacon (1981)

Boza-Edwards was the jr. lightweight champion and Bobby Chacon was a top rated contender in that weight class.

Chacon was landing solid, stinging hooks and right hands in the pocket with Boza-Edwards for a few rounds until Edwards began finding his range in the fourth and he then took over the pace of the bout. The fifth was an exceptional round for Boza-Edwards as he rocked Chacon twice and landed some stiff jabs as well. In the sixth, Chacon landed some good body shots and a few jabs but Edwards was actually the slower of the two in that heat. The seventh and eighth were close rounds as both guys landed combinations to the head and body mid round. The ninth was the beginning of the end for Chacon as he kept missing with wild shots and Boza_Edwards kept his composure and landed when openings were there. The tenth was all Cornelius Boza-Edwards as he landed solid jabs and right hands and kept Chacon's face contorting over and over. The eleventh and twelfth were more terrific rounds for the champion as he picked Chacon apart from a distance with punches in bunches from all angles. In the 13th heat, Edwards attacked a tired and defenseless Chacon, beating him to the canvas. The ref saved Chacon from a further beating.

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