Best 8th Round Knockouts in Boxing History
The Greatest vs. Big George
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Muhammad Ali K.O. 8 George Foreman
Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman
October 30, 1974 in Zaire, Africa
Comments: The bout was close throughout. Ali danced on his toes and won the first round. In the second and third rounds Ali laid on the ropes while Big George fired away. Ali later called the strategy The Rope a Dope. It worked because Ali blocked, leaned away and dodged much of Foreman's shots and landed plenty of return right hands. In the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds the action was close because Ali would counter Foreman with big right hands but also Foreman was throwing bombs to Ali's arms, elbows and some to the body. Midway through the seventh Foreman seemed to tire and Ali started popping his jab and landed clean rights. The 8th round began with Foreman pounded away at Ali on the ropes landing a few bit missing most. All of a sudden Ali spun out of the corner and with Foreman pursuing Ali going backwards fire off a three punch combination that out Big George down for the ten count.
The Rock vs. The Cincinnati Cobra
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Rocky Marciano K.O. 8 Ezzard Charles (Second Bout)
Rocky Marciano vs. Ezzard Charles
September 17, 1954 in Bronx, New York
Comments: Charles easily won the first round and was winning the second when he got clipped by a huge right and went down. Charles held and moved the rest if the heat. The third and fourth were close and in the fifth Rocky came on strong landing to the head and body. The sixth was bad for Rocky because Charles landed a big uppercut that ripped Marciano's nose in half. It was grotesque. The Rock chased Charles in the seventh as Charles landed several lead rights and jabs that made the nose look really bad. The Doctor and ref were close to stopping the fight and in the 8th Rocky went for broke knocking Charles down with a left hook for a short count. When Ezzard got up Marciano bombed him with three shots to the head that put him down for the ten count.
The Cobra vs. St. George
Carl Froch K.O. 8 George Groves (Second Bout)
Carl Froch vs. George Groves 2
May 31, 2014 in London, England
Comments: The bout was fought in front of 80,000 fans and the two did not disappoint. It was either mans fight as Groves took an early lead and Froch taking several rounds himself to make it an even fight. Froch landed long jabs and even longer right hands during the bout. Groves was always in the bout but he began to slow slightly and Froch seemed to get busier. In the eighth round with Groves along the ropes Froch uncorked a near perfect lead right that put Groves down hard on the canvas with his left leg bent backwards. The ref stopped the fight to save St. George from any permanent damage.
Saad Muhammad vs. Johnson 2
Mathew Franklin K.O. 8 Marvin Johnson (Second Bout)
Mathew Saad Muhammad (Franklin) vs. Marvin Johnson 2
April 22, 1979 in Indianapolis, Indiana
Comments: Johnson took the match to Muhammad winning the first six rounds handily. Muhammad was beginning to swell around the eyes from the thrashing he was receiving. Johnson was just to quick for Muhammad to catch and he kept the jab in his face constantly. In the seventh, Muhammad feeling a sense of urgency, opened up with a flurry that stunned Johnson and left him staggering at the bell with a deep gash under his right eye. Mathew Saad Muhammad rushed out for the kill in the 8th round with Johnson willing to trade. Both boxers landed several flush shots in exchanges until Saad Muhammad let loose with a big right hand that Johnson didn't even see. The punch had all of Saad Muhammad's weight behind it and the shot put Johnson down for the count.
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Riddick Bowe K.O. 8 Evander Holyfield (Third Bout)
Riddick Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield 3
November 4, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Comments: The Real Deal seemed to be strong in the first three rounds as he was able to visibly shake Bowe with his punches. In the fourth round Bowe landed some big right hands and several body shots as well. In the fifth, Holyfield seemed to be out of gas and gasping for air. Halfway through the round Big Daddy lost a point for a low blow. In the 6th, with Holyfield looking a punch away from defeat, a massive left hook dumps Bowe on the ground for the first time in his boxing career. Bowe got to his feet and barely made it out of the round. The seventh was slow for both boxers as they rested. In the 8th, Holyfield waded into Bowe with left and right hooks but Bowe caught him with a right hand out of nowhere that Evander did not see. Holyfield fell hard and somehow struggled to his feet at nine. When action resumed, Bowe landed two right hands to floor Holyfield again and the referee stopped the slaughter.
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Wilfredo Gomez Goes Down!
Salvador Sanchez K.O. 8 Wilfredo Gomez
Salvador Sanchez vs. Wilfredo Gomez
August 21, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Comments: Sanchez was too fast and skilled for Gomez. In the first a quick right put Gomez down for a short count. The second, third and fourth rounds were competitive but Sanchez was landing cleaner shots and more shots. In the fifth, Sanchez landed almost at will with blistering combinations. Gomez came out in the sixth with his eyes swelling shut and blood coming from his mouth. Gomez was missing badly now and Sanchez was starting to tee off. The seventh round featured more of the same as Gomez kept swinging but could not catch the master boxer-puncher. Gomez misses a left hook in the eighth and a counter right hurts him and he wobbles. Sanchez lands two big left hooks and a chopping right hand to floor Gomez. Wilfredo got up but was out on his feet and the fight was stopped.
Homicide Hank vs. Sweet water Swatter
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Henry Armstrong K.O. 8 Lew Jenkins (Second Bout)
Henry Armstrong vs. Lew Jenkins 2
December 4, 1942 in Portland, Oregon
Comments: What a massacre! Jenkins goes down 8 times in 8 rounds but the final blow was concussive. The first round was close and could have gone either way but in the second, third and fourth rounds Armstrong was relentless to the head and body. By the fifth stanza Jenkins was getting winded from the barrage of punches he had taken. He ran into a counter right hand and hit the floor. When he arose Armstrong landed another right to put him back down to the floor again. He beat the count and seemed okay to fight on. The sixth was even more one sided as Armstrong landed a three punch combo to put Jenkins on his butt again. He got up but seemed hurt. Homicide Hank landed a lead left hook that floored him again. Jenkins got up and the bell rang Nd saved him. The seventh round was hellacious for Jenkins as he hit the canvas three different times but he bravely arose each time. In the eighth round, Jenkins dodged a right hand and then got blindsided with a left hook from the ether that put him down and out for several minutes.
Brown Bomber vs. Cinderella Man
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Joe Louis K.O 8 Jimmy Braddock
Joe Louis vs. James J. Braddock
June 22, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois
Comments: Louis and Braddock started exchanging bombs to start the contest and Braddock, shockingly, landed a right uppercut on the inside to floor Louis for a three count. The second, third and fourth rounds were all Louis as he used his jab to set up hard straight right hands. The fifth and sixth rounds were very bad for Braddock as he started to slow down from Louis's body shots and non stop aggression. Louis staggered Braddock in the seventh even though The Cinderella Man managed to land a hard right of his own near the bell. The 8th was like round one because both fighters started to exchange but then The Brown Bomber landed a hard left hook to the body and as Braddock cringed and bowed Louis landed one of the hardest right hands ever seen. The shot leveled Braddock who was knocked out cold from the painful punch.
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