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Best 5th Round Knockouts in Boxing History

Updated on December 11, 2016

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Ray Mercer, seen here socking Lennox Lewis is one of the best boxers to never win a World Championship.
Ray Mercer, seen here socking Lennox Lewis is one of the best boxers to never win a World Championship. | Source
Felix Trinidad destroyed William Joppy with a 5 round knockout to win The Middleweight Championship.
Felix Trinidad destroyed William Joppy with a 5 round knockout to win The Middleweight Championship. | Source
George Foreman and Ron Lyle traded knockdowns before Big George finally prevailed.
George Foreman and Ron Lyle traded knockdowns before Big George finally prevailed. | Source

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The Power to End the Fight

1. Ray Mercer K.O. 5 Tommy Morrison (1991): Merciless Ray easily lost the first three rounds by plodding and waiting. Meanwhile, The Duke bounced hooks and uppercuts to the head and body making it look simple. In the fourth, Morrison dominated but, looked shook up momentarily by a Mercer over hand right. The final stanza was very dramatic and brutal. Mercer opened up and hurt Tommy with a right a short right and unloaded all he had. Mercer landed 18 unanswered bombs. After the fight was over Morrison was seen dodging punches in his corner thinking the bout was still going on.

2. George Foreman K.O. 5 Ron Lyle (1976): The first round featured Foreman controlling the fight early on with mostly jabs. The second and third rounds were great two way action rounds that featured, bone jarring uppercuts and hooks from both boxers. In the fourth, all hell broke lose as Foreman was downed twice and Ron Lyle was down once himself. The fifth was also, good night for Lyle, as Big George swung away with weary arms landing at will. After 7 unanswered hook like uppercuts landed Ron Lyle went out for the count.

3. Felix Trinidad K.O. 5 William Joppy (2001): Tito floored Joppy at the end of the first round with his vaunted left hook. The second round was close, as Joppy was far busier and faster. For the second round, Trinidad's shots seem to visibly shake the middleweight champion. Joppy got on his toes and landed some flashy combinations to take the third round. The fourth round saw Trinidad pick up the pace and floor Joppy once more with a left hook. In the fifth round, Joppy looked to be fully recovered as he tagged Tito with one two's. Tito landed a huge right hand followed by another, as Joppy fell to the canvas where he was counted out.

4. Michael Moorer K.O. 5 Bert Cooper (1992): Smokin Bert Cooper traps Moorer on the ropes and floors him with a three punch volley. Moorer beats the count and puts Cooper down with a big right hand. The second round was a slow round that double M won with his southpaw jab. Moorer was carrying the third as well until Bert cornered him with a four punch combination to floor Moorer for the second time in the bout. Moorer survived and went on to dominate the fourth round. The fifth saw Moorer badly wobbled only to come back with a beauty to end the match. Moorer landed a deadly right uppercut followed by a hard strait right to end affairs.

5. Michael Spinks K.O. 5 Gerry Cooney (1987): The first two rounds could have went either way, as Cooney landed a few hard body shots but, Spinks was looking sharp with the jab. The third round Spinks began landing his right hand at will as well as his left hook. By rounds end the completion of the bout changed from close to no contest. The fourth round saw Spink and Cooney engage in a very close round. The crowd in this fight were all rooting for Cooney. The fifth round saw Spinks land ten big hooks and right hands, to cause Cooney to fall once more. Gerry arose on unsteady legs and Spinks put him down again with huge uppercuts and hooks. The referee stopped the massacre with Spinks landed five uppercuts on a bent over and helpless Cooney.

6. Sugar Ray Robinson K.O. 5 Gene Fullmer (1957): The first round was a close feel them out three minutes of action. The second and third rounds saw Fullmer take control with a stiff jab and a far busier work rate. Sugar Ray started putting on constant pressure in the fifth round, which paid dividends about halfway into the round. Robinson uncorked one of the shortest left hooks ever seen in a boxing ring that laid the steel chinned Fullmer out for the count of ten.

7. Floyd Patterson K.O. 5 Ingemar Johansson (1960): A very close opening round let Patterson know he could take it and regain the heavyweight championship from the man who beat him for it. He tore into Ingo for three more rounds setting taps. In the 5th round of this rematch Patterson lands a leaping left hook to floor Ingo who beats the count on unsteady legs. Patterson then follows him and lands a leaping left hook with his right left in the air and put Ingo out cold for 5 minutes. His left leg was twitching as he was counted out. Scary stuff.

8. Hasim Rahman K.O. 5 Lennox Lewis (2001): Lewis was The Heavyweight Champion defending his crown in Africa and The Rock was a huge underdog. Lewis looked lackluster for the first three rounds but, they were still close rounds with Lewis landing jabs here and there. In the fourth, Rahman backed Lewis up twice with right hands. The shock came in the fifth when Rahman chased Lewis across the ring with a triple jab, all of which missed. Now the Englishman was in a corner. Lewis got hit with a destructive overhand right while his left arm was down by his side. Lewis fell hard on his head and back, he couldn't beat the count.

9. Joe Frazier K.O. 5 Jimmy Ellis (1970): Frazier lost the first two rounds in this fight for the vacant Heavyweight Title. Ellis landed crisp jabs and strait rights. In the fourth, Frazier began landing looping rights and his famous left hook to take the round on the judges cards. In the fourth round Smokin Joe puts Jimmy Ellis down for a count of nine with a monstrous left. Ellis is again flattened at the bell for the 9 count with yet another painful hook. Ellis does not know where he is and can't come out for the start of the fifth stanza.

10. Gerald McClellan K.O. 5 Julian Jackson (1993): The first round saw both men hurt especially The Hawk who had his legs go rubber from a McClellan right hand. In the second three minutes of action, Jackson swept the round with big left hooks and wide right hooks. The third round starts out with both men snapping jabs. Jackson suffers a cut from a head butt and then the G man pounces on Jackson to make the round close as can be. The 4th round begins with Jackson landing crunching hooks to the body. Gerald still does more with booming head shots that rattle Jackson throughout. The final round of action starts with Jackson landing two low blows. McClellan recovers and lands a big right followed by a huge left hook to put Jackson under the ropes. Somehow, Jackson arises on unsteady legs. Gerald lands another big right to floor the Hawk again. Jackson with blood covering his face beat the count but Mills Lane stopped it.

George Foreman Outlasts Ron Lyle

Ray Mercer Destroys Tommy Morrison

Merciless Destroys The Duke in 5

Ray Mercer landed almost 20 unanswered bombs on Tommy Morrison to finish him in the fifth round.

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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