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Best 15th Round Knockouts in Boxing History

Updated on October 24, 2014

Mike Weaver K.O. 15 John Tate (1980)

Mike Weaver was down on the scorecards when he laid John Tate out in the 15th and final round.
Mike Weaver was down on the scorecards when he laid John Tate out in the 15th and final round. | Source

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Mike Weaver vs. John Tate

"Big" John Tate was the WBA Heavyweight Champion making the first defense of his title. Mike Weaver was the top ranked contender for the crown.

Tate, who was much taller and heavier than Weaver, dominated the majority of the bout. The first seven rounds of the bout were close as Tate used his height and reach advantage by flicking out long jabs and he moved the ring well. Weaver landed occasional hooks and right hands as he was the aggressor. The 8th-12th were all Tate as Weaver seemed to stalk without being able to land. Tate wouldn't let Weaver set his feet and he kept popping off solid combinations to take the heats. The 13th was a slow round for both boxers but Tate still held an edge by simply landing more. In the 14th round it was obvious that Tate was far ahead and he fought from a distance as Weaver tried to close the gap but couldn't. The fifteenth was wild as Tate, for some reason, started to trade and caught with a monstrous left hook that left him unconscious on his face where he was counted out. What a comeback!

Jake LaMotta K.O. 15 Laurent Dauthielle (1950)

Jake LaMotta defended his world title with a come from behind 15th round knockout of Laurent Dauthielle.
Jake LaMotta defended his world title with a come from behind 15th round knockout of Laurent Dauthielle. | Source

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Jake LaMotta vs. Laurent Dauthuille

"The Raging Bull" was the middleweight champion and Dauthuille was the top rated contender who already owned a win over LaMotta.

The first five rounds were competitive with KaMotta investing in bodywork and steady pressure behind his jab while Dauthuille was landing far more shots to the head. The sixth, seventh and eighth stanzas all belonged to the fleet footed Frenchman who used movement a quick one-two's to dominate. The ninth and tenth were close rounds as both boxers had their moments with LaMotta getting more work done on the inside than usual. In the 11th and 12th rounds LaMotta was getting pot shots landing clean on his chin throughout. LaMotta was in hot pursuit but he was not landing anything clean. The 13th was even worse as Dauthuille kept landing two and three shots to LaMotta's one shot and sometimes no shot at all. In the 14th round Laurent was coasting because he knew he had it won on the cards and he held a bit. LaMotta landed a few straight rights and some crisp jabs but he still couldn't do any damage. All Dauthuille had to do was finish the final round and he would have won but it wasn't to be. The Bronx Bull stood their taking shost for half the round and then he just opened up with all he had. LaMotta had Dauthuille out on his feet and taking a beating when the ref stopped the bout. LaMotta landed tons of punches to save his championship in the waning moments of the 15th.

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Jack Johnson K.O. 15 James J. Jeffries (1910)

Jack Johnson knocked out James J. Jeffries in the 15th round after having dominated throughout.
Jack Johnson knocked out James J. Jeffries in the 15th round after having dominated throughout. | Source

Jack Johnson vs. James J. Jeffries

Jack Johnson was the defending heavyweight champion of the world and James J. Jeffries was a comebacking, former heavyweight champion.

Jeffries was undefeated at 19-0 and he was big but Johnson was also big, had power, defense and skills. Johnson won almost each and every round with his powerful jab and straight right hands. Jeffries had a few close rounds with Johnson but by the tenth their was no doubt who the better man was. Johnson landed his jab at will and most importantly Jeffries couldn't land hardly any clean shots to the head of Johnson. The 11th and 12th were brutal rounds as Johnson started becoming aggressive and landing strings of punches to the head and body of James. j. Jeffries. The 13th was an even round as both men clinched and neither landed anything of consequence. The 14th was a slow round but Johnson stole it with a two fisted assault that seemed to stun the ex champion near the bell. In the 15th heat Johnson landed a series of right hands and a loaded left hook to floor Jeffries. Jeffries beat the count but Jack Johnson poured on the power punches and scored another knockdown. The ref stopped the bout with Jeffries unable to continue.

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Salvador Sanchez vs. Azumah Nelson (1982)

Salvador SNchez was the world featherweight champion and Azumah Nelson was top 10 ranked featherweight title challenger.

The first four rounds were close even though Sanchez maintained a slight edge because he wobbled Nelson several times. In the fifth and sixth Azumah gained momentum by landing a bunch of lead right hands. In the left Azumah was coming on strong but then ran into a picture perfect left hook which put him on the seat of his trunks. Nelson roared back in the 8th and 9th rounds landing as much leather as he was taking. The 10th and 11th were all Salvador Sanchez as he landed jabs and quick hooks throughout the stanza. The 12th was Nelson's last stand as he gave as good as he got fighting on the inside ripping the body and the head of the great Mexican featherweight. The 13th and 14th heats were all downhill for the tiring Nelson who absorbed some big bombs. In the fifteenth round Sanchez landed a huge right hand followed by a hook that put down Nelson hard. Nelson barely beat the count and Sanchez swarmed Nelson landing several big hooks in his final flurry. The ref jumped in and saved Azumah Nelson from permanent damage.

Muhammad Ali K.O. 15 Oscar Bonavena (1970)

Muhammad Ali floored Bonavena three times in the final round to defend the heavyweight championship of the world.
Muhammad Ali floored Bonavena three times in the final round to defend the heavyweight championship of the world. | Source

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Muhammad Ali K.O. 15 Oscar Bonavena

Muhammad ad Ali was the undefeated former heavyweight champion and Olympic Gold Medalist. Oscar Bonavena was a solid top ten ranked heavyweight boxer.

Ali used his jab, right hand and tons of footwork to easily control this bout. Occasionally Ali would sit against the ropes which allowed Bonavena to win a few rounds. In the 12-14 rounds Ali really started tagging Oscar with one-two' sand Bonavena started to slow down and he looked exhausted. In the 15th Muhammad Ali floored Bonavena three times to force a stoppage.

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