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Best 1st Round Knockouts in Boxing History

Updated on April 23, 2017

Quick Knockouts

Joe Louis, left, destroyed Max Schmeling in one brutal round. The knockout avenged the Brown Bombers earlier career defeat to Schmeling.
Joe Louis, left, destroyed Max Schmeling in one brutal round. The knockout avenged the Brown Bombers earlier career defeat to Schmeling. | Source
Lennox Lewis made quick work of Andrew Golota by flattening the Pole in one round.
Lennox Lewis made quick work of Andrew Golota by flattening the Pole in one round.
Iron Mike Tyson destroys the undefeated Michael Spinks in 91 seconds.  Tyson was a force of nature in the 1980's.
Iron Mike Tyson destroys the undefeated Michael Spinks in 91 seconds. Tyson was a force of nature in the 1980's. | Source

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1. Joe Louis K.O. 1 Max Schmeling 2 (1938) Louis landed 31 concussive blows to Schmelings two shots. The Brown Bomber scored three knockdowns before the fight was over with a two fisted assault to the head and body. Louis sent Max to the hospital because he cracked several vertebrae in his back. This bout was very short, sweet and brutal to say the very least. Louis is pound for pound one of the most prolific knockout artist in the sport's long history and he holds the record for most heavyweight title defenses with 25.

2. Mike Tyson K.O. 1 Michael Spinks (1988) Two undefeated Heavyweight champions square off but only Iron Mike was ready for war. Tyson chased Spinks around the ring finally flooring him with a wicked body shot. After Spinks arises, he throws a right hand and after blocking it, Tyson lands a crushing right that puts Spinks down hard. He is counted out after only 91 seconds of ring combat. This is Tyson's best win as a professional and he struck fear in Spinks before the bell rang to start the combat. Tyson beat a Hall of Famer, he was for real and could not be denied.

3. Muhammad Ali K.O. 1 Sonny Liston 2 (1964) Ali fought Liston in this rematch for the heavyweight title and won with what is known as the Phantom punch or as Ali himself called it, the Anchor punch. About halfway through the dull first round in which Liston landed nothing. Ali lashed out with a quick right that floored Liston. Replays will show that the shot landed, Liston's head snapped sideways and he was hurt although it did seem as though he could have beat the count and rose to his feet.

4. Sonny Liston K.O. 1 Floyd Patterson 1 (1962) Liston lands a few head jarring jabs as Patterson retreated in fear. After two minutes Sonny landed a huge uppercut followed by two devastating left hooks to floor Patterson for the count and take his Championship. Liston repeated this feat in the rematch again in the very first heat several months later. Liston was known for his powerful jab and his left hook and right hand were also feared.

5. Rocky Marciano K.O. 1 Jersey Joe Walcott 2 (1953) Marciano won the heavyweight title from old Joe and now he granted him a rematch. For two minutes Jersey Joe retreated and tied up the onrushing Marciano but suddenly The Rock exploaded with a left hook and a leaping right uppercut to end the bout. The first bout lasted 13 rounds and Marciano had to come from behind to win by knockout.

6. Earnie Shavers K.O. 1 Ken Norton (1977) Norton snapped a few hard jabs to the face of an ever advancing Shavers. The Black Destroyer cornered Norton and unloaded with a vicious barrage to floor Norton but Kenny beat the count. When action resumed Shavers landed a brutal right uppercut to put the still wobbling Norton down and out with his eyes rolling up in his head. Shavers never captured the heavyweight crown but he is, however, considered one of the division's hardest punchers.

7. Lennox Lewis K.O. 1 Andrew Golota (1997) Lewis floors Golota twice to win the fight in only a half of a round of action. Lewis landed left and right hooks to Golota's head and a couple of big uppercuts to stun and finish a dazed Andrew Golota. Lewis could box masterfully but when forced to fight he could really unload devastating bombs. Golota retreated to a corner and Lennox Lewis unloaded his arsenal.

8. Sonny Liston K.O. 1 Floyd Patterson 2 (1963) Floyd is floored twice by hooks but rises and swings back at Liston. Finally Liston lands a huge left uppercut to put Patterson down for the third and final time. This was Liston's only successful title defense. Liston tossed every shot with the intentions of ending the contest.

9. Mike Tyson K.O. 1 Carl Williams ( 1989) Tyson throws wide and wild shots that miss the mark as Williams back tracks. Finally half way into the round Tyson lands a booming left hook to leave The Truth on the seat of his trunks. Williams beat the count but was dazed and did not respond to the referee which ended the match. Tyson was known for putting fear into his opponents before they even entered the ring to box.

10. Gerry Cooney K.O. 1 Ken Norton (1981) It only took 54 seconds for Cooney to end the fight. Cooney took a few jabs from Norton but, then unleashed several huge hooks to stun Norton who fell into a corner. What happens next is a massacre. Gerry Cooney lands 7 huge hooks and uppercuts on a half bent over, defenseless Norton to win his best fight.

Charles "Sonny" Liston

Sonny Liston is one of the hardest punching heavyweights in boxing history. He also had one of the best jabs the sport has ever seen.
Sonny Liston is one of the hardest punching heavyweights in boxing history. He also had one of the best jabs the sport has ever seen. | Source

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Muhammad Ali Knocks Out Sonny Liston in 1 Round

Tyson Destroys The Spinx Jinx in 91 Seconds

91 Seconds!

Mike Tyson put Michael Spinks down with a body shot. When he got up Tyson finished him off with a devastating right. Both boxers were undefeated when they entered the squared circle in June of 1988.

Tyson punched holes in the wall in the dressing rom of the Trump Plaza in from of Butch Lewis (Spinks Manager) just before leaving for his walk to the ring.

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