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Best 2nd Round Knockouts in Boxing History
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1. George Foreman K.O. 2 Joe Frazier (1973) Smoking Joe went to Jamaica to defend the heavyweight title against Gold medalist George Foreman. Frazier went down six times in two devastating frames. In one of the knockdowns Big George lifted Frazier clean up in the air. Foreman floored Frazier with left hooks, right crosses and uppercuts during the bout. Foreman was the underdog but it did not look that was as Foreman ruled the ring and became the new champ.
2. Mike Tyson K.O. 2 Trever Berbick (1986) Iron Mike became the youngest champion in heavyweight history by flattening Berbick at the age of 20. Tyson wobbled Berbick badly to end the first round. In the second Tyson misses a wild right uppercut but then lands a hard left hook to Berbick's temple. Berbick fell down three times from that shot and then he fell into the referee and the massacre ended. Tyson was launching bombs from the moment the bout started and he never relented until the fight was called off.
3. Oscar De La Hoya K.O. 2 Rafael Ruelas (1995) De La Hoya was fighting for the Lightweight Championship against Ruelas and the first round started off slow. The Golden Boy landed several hard jabs and strait rights as he circled the stalking champion. The second round was a horrid sight as Oscar leveled his opponent with three big knockdowns. First it was a terrific left hook and then a hard right hand. But the third knockdown came from a huge knockdown courtesy of four landed shots to the head.
4. Manny Pacquiao K.O. 2 Ricky Hatton (2009) Pacman waisted no time in putting The Hitman on the seat of his trunks. With a solid right hook he put Hatton on his back. In less than a minute he floors Hatton with a monstrous left hook that hurt the Englishman. Round 2 starts where the last left off except this time Manny unloads with his left hand money punch. Hatton is out cold with his eyes open in a scary sight. Pacquiao not only as two fisted power but he throws his flurries from unexpected angles and with amazing speed.
5. Sergio Martinez K.O. 2 Paul Williams (2010) The first fight was a closely contested 12 round war won by Williams. The first round of this bout featured great two way action that resembled the previous encounter. Midway into round two Martinez uncorks a huge left hand from his southpaw stance that Williams doesn't even see. The Punisher is out cold on the way to the mat and his face slams into the mat, where he lay unconscious for a few minutes.
6. Nonito Donaire K.O. 2 Fernando Montiel (2011) The first round was a close feel em out round but The Filipino Flash took it. The second was knockout of the year in 2011. They both throw left hooks but Montiel takes a huge hook that he don;t see. Montiel hits the canvas hard but somehow arises out on his feet at 9. When action resume, which it shouldn't have Donaire connects with a left and a right to stagger Montiel around the ring and the referee mercifully calls a halt to the carnage.
7. Tommy Hearns K.O. 2 Roberto Duran (1984) Hearns, who is one of the hardest right handed puncher's in history put Duran down twice in the first. Duran went to the wrong corner to end the first stanza. In the second The Hitman lands a deadly right that sends Duran face first and out. Hearns defended his Jr. Middleweight title in this match. Hearns is pound for pound one of the hardest puncher's in boxing history.
8. Julian Jackson K.O. 2 Terry Norris (1989) Terrible Terry wins the first round but the second is a scary sight. The Hawk lands a huge right hook that stuns Norris and he then opens up with a left hook and a final right to put Norris down. Norris arises at 9 but the ref stops it since Norris is out on his feet. The first blow really ends matters but the follow up was gruesome.
9. Jack Dempsey K.O. 2 Luis Firpo (1923) Dempsey is knocked out of the ring in the first round but scores seven knockdowns to put Firpo on queer street. In the second round Dempsey lands a big left hook and an even bigger right that puts the Argentine giant down for the ten count.
10. Julian Jackson K.O. 2 Agostino Cardamone (1995) The Hawk won the Middleweight title in this bout. In round one Cardimone staggered Jackson and took the frame. As round two began Agostino began to get cocky and he opened up. Big mistake as Jackson crashed home a beauty of a right hook to put the Italian down on his back where his head bounced off the canvas.
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