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Best 9th Round Knockouts in Boxing History

Updated on August 17, 2014

Leotis Martin Knocks Sonny Liston Out Cold (December 6, 1969)

Leotis Martin scored a one punch 9th round knockout of former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston.
Leotis Martin scored a one punch 9th round knockout of former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. | Source

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Leotis Martin vs. Sonny Liston

Leotis Martin K.O. 9 Sonny Liston

December 6, 1969 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Charles "Sonny" Liston was the favorite going into the bout. The former heavyweight champion hadn't lost since his fights with Muhammad Ali. Leotis Martin was tough and a contender but not thought to be nothing special.

Sonny won the first three rounds with his pile driver jab and long right hands. In the fourth, Liston connected with a brutal left hook and it floored Martin. He got up and survived the stanza. The fifth was all Liston as he landed body shots and thumping jabs. The sixth and seventh were close rounds and they were relatively slow. The eighth was almost like a second wind for both guys as they began to punch with crisp shots again. Liston won the round but it was competitive. The ninth round was all Liston as he landed at will. Midway through the round Liston landed a left hook and then he loaded up and was beat to the punch by Martin who landed a huge right hand that stunned Liston. Leotis then followed up with a left hook and another destructive right hand that laid Liston out on his face and out cold for several minutes.


Ray Mercer Knocks Damiana Clean Out (November 1, 1991)

Ray Mercer was down on the cards going into the 9th of a scheduled twelve. Then he landed a destructive left uppercut that broke the Italian boxers nose and laid him out flat.
Ray Mercer was down on the cards going into the 9th of a scheduled twelve. Then he landed a destructive left uppercut that broke the Italian boxers nose and laid him out flat. | Source

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Ray Mercer vs. Francesco Damiana

Ray Mercer K.O. 9 Francesco Damiana

January 11, 1991 in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Damiana had good footwork, timing and a solid jab but average power. Ray Mercer won a gold medal in the Olympics and although he had skills he was slower than his rival. Mercer was the power puncher of the two boxers.

Damiana easily won the first five rounds by using his jab and footwork to confuse Mercer and make him miss. The sixth and seventh were extremely close as Mercer started to close the gap. In the 8th heat Damiana started putting combinations together and dominated the round to maintain a huge lead on the scorecards. The ninth started with the Italian peppering Mercer with jabs and then out of the ether Mercer loaded up with a killer left uppercut to end matters. The shot broke Damiana's nose and left him on his face for several minutes before he got up.

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Rocky Leaves Archie Moore Slumped on The Mat (September 21, 1955)

Rocky Marciano knocked out Archie Moore in the ninth round in defense of his heavyweight championship.,
Rocky Marciano knocked out Archie Moore in the ninth round in defense of his heavyweight championship., | Source

Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore

Rocky Marciano K.O. 9 Archie Moore

September 21, 1955 in Bronx, New York

Moore won the first round with movement and defense more than anything. In the second Moore launched a huge right hand that put Marciano on the seat of his trunks. Marciano arose and proceeded to put a whooping on Moore. From rounds three till the ending in the ninth round Marciano put The Ole Mongoose down five times.

B-Hop vs. The Golden Boy

Bernard Hopkins knocked out Oscar De La Hoya with a ninth round body shot in defense of the 160 pound world championship.
Bernard Hopkins knocked out Oscar De La Hoya with a ninth round body shot in defense of the 160 pound world championship. | Source

Bernard Hopkins K.O. 9 Oscar De La Hoya

Bernard Hopkins K.O. 9 Oscar De La Hoya

September 18, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Hopkins was the longtime 160 pound champion and De La Hoya was moving up in weight for the challenge of winning the middleweight title. The bout was competitive up until the finish. After six rounds the bout could have been a draw as neither man would commit to anything major. B-Hop seemed to gain an edge in the seventh and eighth rounds with hard lead right hands landing. The ninth started with Oscar retreating to the ropes. Hopkins got up close and landed a deadly left hook to the ribs that put De La Hoya down for the count of ten.

Sugar Ray Demolishes Donny LaLonde (November 7, 1988)

Sugar Ray Leonard knocked out Donny LaLonde in nine rounds to win the super middleweight and light heavyweight world titles.
Sugar Ray Leonard knocked out Donny LaLonde in nine rounds to win the super middleweight and light heavyweight world titles. | Source

Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Donny Lalonde

Ray Leonard K.O. 9 Donny Lalonde

November 7, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Lalonde was the light heavyweight champion and the great Sugar Ray Leonard was moving up in weight for the contest. The first round was all Leonard using feet and hand Speed to win it. The second and third rounds were close as Leonard used his speed and Lalonde used his reach to score from a distance. The fourth was all Sugar Ray until Lalonde clipped him with a right to score a knockdown. It must have woke Leonard up because the fifth, sixth and seventh was Leonard landing solid shots while taking very few in return. The eighth round was Donny Lalonde's final stand as he landed a few right hands on LeonRd even though he took some left hooks himself. The ninth round was all Ray Leonard as he landed a crushing lead left hook early in the round to floor Lalonde. Donny beat the count and the Leonard unloaded with a hard right and another left hook that left Lalonde laying bent sideways on the floor where he was counted out.

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Dynamite vs. Baby Bull (February 28, 2009)

The battle was nip and tuck until Marquez abruptly ended matters with a monstrous uppercut in the ninth.
The battle was nip and tuck until Marquez abruptly ended matters with a monstrous uppercut in the ninth. | Source

Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz (First Bout)

Juan Manuel Marquez K.O. 9 Juan Diaz

February 28, 2009 in Houston, Texas

Lightweight unification. The real champion was Marquez but Diaz had titles to show for his work too. It was a close and competitive affair and was eventually named Fight of the Year. The first four rounds were all Marquez as Diaz seemed timid and maybe frozen by the big stage. In the fifth round Diaz opened a cut on Marquez's eye and it seemed to motivate Diaz who got going. Diaz won that round as well as the sixth. The seventh heat was close with Diaz landed quick two and three punch combinations but Marquez landed hard jabs and counter rights during exchanges. In the eighth round Marquez landed a brutal left uppercut and it opened a grotesque cut on Diaz's eye. In the ninth round, Marquez was actually being outboxed until he landed a right hook, followed by his patented left uppercut to put Diaz on his knees. Diaz arose and bravely waded in swinging but Marquez then landed a right uppercut that slapped Diaz backwards and down on his back. The ref instantly stopped it.

Max Schmeling and Johnny Risko

Max Schmeling poses with Johnny Risko prior to their bout in 1929 that was named Fight of the Year.
Max Schmeling poses with Johnny Risko prior to their bout in 1929 that was named Fight of the Year. | Source

Max Schmeling vs. Johnny Risko

Max Schmeling K.O. 9 Johnny Risko

February 1, 1929 in New York, New York

Schmeling, former heavyweight champion, put Risko down one minute into the fight with a right cross. Risko was not hurt and made it to the next round. The second and third rounds featured Risko holding and running. Schmeling caught up to Risko in the fourth and fifth rounds with a steady body attack and stinging jabs. The sixth round was Risko's best as he dodged a few shots and tagged Max several times with right hands and even a big left hook just before the bell. The seventh is when things went down hill for Johnny Risko. Schmeling landed a short, chopping right hand to put Risko on his butt. Risko arose and was wobbled with another right but survived the round on unsteady legs. In the 8th round Risko was clipped along the ropes with an overhand right and he falls to all fours. Risko beat the count but looked bad. Schmeling almost knocked him down again at the bell. The 9th and final round started and Max rushed his adversary landing a left hook to the ribs followed by yet another right hand on the chin to floor Risko but this time it was for the count.

Pacman K.O. 9 David Diaz

Manny Pacquiao flattened David Diaz in nine rounds to win a portion of the lightweight title.
Manny Pacquiao flattened David Diaz in nine rounds to win a portion of the lightweight title. | Source

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Manny Pacquiao vs. David Diaz

Manny Pacquiao K.O. 9 David Diaz

June 28, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Diaz was the lightweight champion and Pacquiao was the Jr. Lightweight champion moving up in weight. Pacquiao won every single round of the bout. Pacman had Diaz bleeding and starting to swell by the fourth round. The fifth and sixth rounds were more of the same. Diaz was game but outclassed. Pacman began landing three and four power shots at a time. Pacquiao seemed to take the round off in the seventh but still won it with right jabs from his southpaw stance. The 8th heat began with Manny blistering Diaz with right hooks and strait lefts while dodging two hooks from David Diaz. Near the end of the round Manny finally hurt Diaz really bad with a huge uppercut but he clinched to the bell. The ninth and final round was over quick and brutally for Diaz. Pacman slammed a right jab into the face of Diaz and followed with his money punch, the straight left. Diaz fell face first and barely budged during the count.

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