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Best 2nd Round Knockouts in Boxing History

Updated on January 16, 2016

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Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in two rounds to become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history.
Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in two rounds to become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history. | Source
George Foreman went to Jamaica and put Joe Frazier on the mat seven times to win the heavyweight championship of the world.
George Foreman went to Jamaica and put Joe Frazier on the mat seven times to win the heavyweight championship of the world. | Source
Manny Pacquiao destroyed Ricky Hatton in two one sided rounds. He scored two knock downs in the first and finished him off with a monstrous left in the 2nd heat.
Manny Pacquiao destroyed Ricky Hatton in two one sided rounds. He scored two knock downs in the first and finished him off with a monstrous left in the 2nd heat. | Source
Julian Jackson, seen here with Don King, knocked out Terry Norris in two rounds with the Jr. Middleweight title on the line.
Julian Jackson, seen here with Don King, knocked out Terry Norris in two rounds with the Jr. Middleweight title on the line. | Source
Paul Williams was knocked out cold with his eyes wide open. Sergio Martinez flattened him in two rounds.
Paul Williams was knocked out cold with his eyes wide open. Sergio Martinez flattened him in two rounds. | Source

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Second Round Knockouts

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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Manny Pacquiao lays out Ricky Hatton

George Foreman Knocks Joe Frazier Down 7 Times

Big George Was a Big Beast

George Foreman destroyed Smokin Joe Frazier in a way that no other great fighter in his prime has ever experienced. Frazier was down six times in two rounds in a Jamaican prize ring that cost him his championship belt. The two fought again and Big George won in 5 rounds. Also, Foreman put Kenny Norton down and out with wild uppercuts in their brawl.

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    • Paul Edmondson profile image

      Paul Edmondson 3 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Wow. Those Foreman vs Frazier highlights are incredible. The amount of punishment Frazier took is remarkable. I need to look up how much time had passed since Frazier had fought Ali.

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      He fought Ali the first time in 1971 and Foreman fought Frazier in 1973.

    • Doc Wordinger profile image

      Doc Wordinger 3 years ago from Manchester, UK

      An interesting idea for a hub with an excellent selection of fights. The only one I watched live was the Pacquiao Hatton fight. I remember thinking at the time that this was Pacman at the pinnacle of his career, a notion that was supported six months later when he destroyed Cotto. Watching Hatton unconscious on the canvas with his eyes open was horrific; I genuinely thought that Hatton was in serious trouble and it was a relief when he recovered a few minutes later.

      Perhaps my favourite of your selected encounters was the Hearns Duran fight. Duran, one of the toughest guys in boxing, looked stunned and in trouble from the midway point of the first round. He couldn't figure out how to deal with Hearns' reach, speed and power. Ironically, if you were going to write a 'Greatest 3rd Round KOs in Boxing History' hub then Hearns would undoubtedly be at Number One, this time ending up on the canvas himself.

      Excellent hub, voted up.

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      Doc Wordinger 3 years ago from Manchester, UK

      My apologies...you have indeed already written a 'Greatest 3rd Round KO' hub. And yes, good call putting Hearns Hagler top. What a fight!

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