Best 7th Round Knockouts in Boxing History
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Best 7th Round Knockouts of All Time
1. Jersey Joe Walcott K.O. 7 Ezzard Charles (3rd Bout) This bout was named Fight of the Year for 1951 and it was a pitch battle. Walcott and Charles fought on even terms for a few rounds but Charles seemed to be the fresher fighter. Charles began connecting with stiff jabs and hard right hands. In the seventh with Walcott being hit at will he unloaded a powerful uppercut that put Charles down and out for the count. Ezzard Charles did not see the knockout blow coming.
2. Jack Dempsey K.O. 7 Jack Sharkey: Dempsey had just lost his heavyweight title to Gene Tunney and was looking to beat Sharkey to get a rematch. 1927 was the date for the Dempsey. And Sharkey title eliminator. Sharkey and Dempsey traded blows for six rounds with Dempsey barely getting the better of it. In the seventh round Sharkey missed several hooks and Dempsey countered with a deadly right cross that laid Sharkey out cold.
3. Harry Greb T.K.O 7 Johnny Papke: Papke won the first two rounds in this 1925 matchup as Greb threw nothing but occasional jabs as Papke landed jabs and right hands. Greb won a close third by working jabs and right hands to the head. Greb landed an explosive left hook that floored Papke in the fourth and the bell saved him as he arose at 8. Greb unloaded to the head, body, arms and below the belt as he hurt Papke badly in the 5th and 6th. Greb landed five punches in a row to put Papke down hard in round seven and the bout was instantly stopped by his corner.
4. Lennox Lewis T.K.O. 7 Frank Bruno: Lewis won a slow first round with his jab and a couple of straight right hands. Bruno picked up the pace winning the second with his own jab. In the third stanza Bruno landed a huge right on Lewis's chin and it turned his legs to noodles and he held on. Lewis survived but lost the round. The 4th and 5th rounds were close as both men threw one punch at a time most of the time. Bruno clearly won the sixth and was winning the seventh when he received a destructive left hook that left him out on his feet. As Bruno laid against the ropes Lewis landed two brutal uppercuts before the referee jumped in. The fight took place in England in 1993.
5. Archie Moore K.O. 7 Charley "Doc" Williams: The Ole Mongoose started slow giving away the first two rounds by doing virtually nothing and at least Williams began to zero in on the jab landing it here and there. The third was a close round but in the fourth Doc hit Moore with a booming left hook at the bell that had him hurt. Moore showed no signs of being hurt as he dominated both the fifth and sixth rounds by landed combinations to the head and body. To start the seventh round Moore rushed Williams to the ropes and unleashed a huge right hand that knocked Williams out cold with no count needed. This bout took place in 1948 in Maryland.
6. Shannon Briggs K.O. 7 Ray Mercer: In 2005 Merciless Ray Mercer was past his best but he was known for having an iron chin. Briggs and Mercer fought on even terms for four rounds as neither man seemed willing to commit to much. In the fifth and sixth Briggs started to land right hooks and stiff jabs also off the head of Mercer. In the seventh stanza Briggs opened up landing three hard right hooks and Mercer collapsed to the canvas and was counted out.
7. Henry Armstrong K.O. 7 Jimmy Garrison (2nd Bout) Homicide Hank took the fight to Garrison from the get go landing at will. Garrison was cut and his eyes were swollen by the fifth round. Armstrong wobbled Garrison in the 6th with an accurate left hook. Armstrong landed a left hook, right hand combo that put Garrison on the mat for a nine count in the 7th. As soon as he got to his feet Armstrong landed the same two punches which ended the bout. Cleveland, Ohio played host to this Welterweight championship fight in 1939.
8. Sugar Ray Robinson T.K.O. 7 California Jackie Wilson (2nd Bout) Sugar Ray re matched wilson in 1947 and used his jab and footwork to control the action for much of the fight. Wilson held his own but he just could not win rounds. Robinson began hitting the body in the fourth and fifth rounds and mixing in uppercuts and hooks in the sixth which left Wilson dazed at the bell ending the sixth. Sugar Ray countered a slow left hook with his own devastating left hook which dropped Wilson in a heap and the ref stopped the contest right away.
9. Muhammad Ali T.K.O. 7 Sonny Liston (1st Bout) Ali then named Cassius Clay was a big underdog to heavyweight champ Sonny Liston. Ali took control with his hand and foot speed not to mention his amazing reflexes. With his hands at his sides Ali embarrassed and outclassed Liston winning nearly every round. Ali gave Liston a boxing lesson that made him quit on his stool at the end of the sixth. The bout took place in 1964.
10. Mike Tyson T.K.O. 7 Tyrell Biggs: Heavyweight champion Tyson may have lost the first round of this bout but he Easily routed and beat up Biggs the rest of the way. Tyson landed huge left hooks and body punches with both hands. In the seventh round Tyson landed a left hook that sent Biggs sliding under the ring ropes. Biggs somehow got to his feet at nine and Tyson floored him for the count with another thudding left hook to the chin. Atlantic City, New Jersey hosted this bout in 1987.
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