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Best 6th Round Knockouts in Boxing History

Updated on January 10, 2016

Six Rounds of Pain

Iron Mike Tyson throws a right uppercut at Pinklon Thomas in their heavyweight championship bout.
Iron Mike Tyson throws a right uppercut at Pinklon Thomas in their heavyweight championship bout. | Source
Rocky Marciano crushes Rex Layne in six rounds. The Brockton Blockbuster never slowed down and actually tossed more punches as the wore on.
Rocky Marciano crushes Rex Layne in six rounds. The Brockton Blockbuster never slowed down and actually tossed more punches as the wore on. | Source
Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold in the 6th round of their fourth encounter.
Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold in the 6th round of their fourth encounter. | Source

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Punishing Knockouts!!

1. Juan Manuel Marquez K.O. 6 Manny Pacquiao 4 (2012): Pacquiao won the first two rounds and was winning the third as well when Marquez struck. Marquez launched an overhand right to floor the pac man. Marquez took the fourth round with nice right hand counters as Pacquiao recovered. In the fifth stanza Pacquiao landed a fast strait left that made Marquez touch the canvas with his glove. When action resumed Marquez got staggered again with another left. In the sixth frame Manny went for the finish landed brutal shots to a retreating Marquez. With one second left in the round Marquez landed a perfect right hand counter that put Pacquiao out cold for nearly three minutes.

2. Joe Louis K.O. 6 Primo Carnera (1935): The Brown Bomber was barely touched in the first three rounds but his jab and strait right hand repeatedly pounded the Italian giant into a bloody pulp. Two of Carnera's teeth were sticking through his upper lip after four rounds but bravely and foolishly fought on. The fifth round saw Louis take one big left hook from Carnera and a big right in the first minute but it was his last stand. Louis unloaded the house, rocking Primo badly. At rounds end Carnera could barely find his corner. Louis landed a lead right hook in the sixth that put Carnera down. The Italian arose on unsteady legs at 8 and Louis landed 4 out of five shots to floor his opponent again.He managed to hobble up at 9 and Louis landed a right and a left hook to end the proceedings.

3. Vincent Pettway K.O. 6 Simon Brown (1995): The first three rounds were close as both men went down and both men surfered low blows. In the fourth round Brown took control landing body shots and left hooks. The fifth saw both fighters stagger from huge hooks. In the 6th round Brown was landing but got caught with a huge right hand that he did not see. Not only did Brown hit the canvas on his back to be counted out but he was still throwing punches ast the air. Scary.

4. Rocky Graziano K.O. 6 Tony Zale (1947): The first two rounds were even but in the third Zale put the Rock down for a one count with a hard right hand. The fourth round saw Zale pummel and almost stop Rocky with constant body shots. The sixth round featured great two way action with The Man of Steel getting the better of it. In the sixth with blood streaming down his face, Graziano launched over 40 punches landing most of them on a helpless Zale who crumbled along the ropes.

5. Arturo Gatti K.O. 6 Wilson Rodriguez (1996) : Gatti and Rodriguez fought a cautious first round but Gatti was floored by a hook in round two but did not appear hurt. Rounds three and four were dominated by Rodriguez with great footwork and accurate punching. In round five Gatti is absorbing a beating and his eyes are swollen shut but he scores a knockdown anyway at the end of the round. Big body shot knockdown truly hurt Wilson. In round six Gatti lands a homerun left hook that leaves Rodriguez on the canvas for over a minute.

6. Tommy Morrison K.O. 6 Razor Rudduck (1995): Razor lands two right uppercuts to put The Duke down for a three count in the opening stanza. In round two Rudduck goes down from a right uppercut, the same punch he put Tommy down with in round 1. The third round was close but Morrison pulled it out as Rudduck seemed to be taking a breather. The fourth was all Morrison who landed 15 unanswered shots before the bell. In the fifth Razor Rudduck stunned Morrison and busted his eyelid open to win in 10-9 on all cards. The frightful six round starts with Razor hurting Tommy with a left hook but when he goes for the follow up he gets knocked down by a huge left hook and goes down hard. Rudduck somehow gets up and gets rushed by Morrison who lands several shots to force an eight count. More of the same along the rope brought the stoppage.

7. Terry Norris K.O. 6 Steve Little (1988): The first round was close with neither man establishing control. The second was all Norris based on a steady jab but it was a slow round like the first with little punches landed by either man. In the third Terrible Terry was stunned by a right hand but maintained and actually started popping a descent jab. Close round but Little won it. The fourth stanza started with Norris being stunned and using footwork to recover. Another close round I gave to Little. Round five starts and Norris looks refreshed dancing on his toes and flashing combinations for the first time in the bout. Meanwhile Little seems very tired and he is starting to get hit with hooks. The sixth and final round sees Norris went on the attack right away landing a lead right that put Little on his trunks where he stayed till the 10 count was reached.

8. Rocky Marciano K.O. 6 Rex Layne (1951): The first was a close round with not much happening. The 2nd saw Marciano land some big hooks and right hands to win the round. The third was good two way action with The Rock landing uppercuts and Layne landing hooks but looking slow and he has a cut over his left eye. The Rock dominated the fourth round with nonstop punching. Layne held Marciano a lot in the 4th stanza. Rocky applied hurried pressure in the fifth round landing right uppercuts, left hooks and constant body blows. Layne begins to wilt as he tires. Marciano trounced Rex in this round but Layne showed a heart and a chin. The sixth and final round bell rings and Marciano lands a big lead right only 20 seconds in that puts Layne down in a delayed reaction and then he was counted out.

9. Mike Tyson K.O. 6 Pinklon Thomas (1987): Iron Mike had Thomas out on his feet in the first three minutes of the bout but in the second and third rounds he began using his jab and clinching Tyson which just slowed his demise. In the fourth round Tyson unleashed several devastating hooks that busted up Pinklon. In the fifth Thomas did a lot of holding but still received several uppercuts and body shots that sapped him of his energy. In the sixth Tyson used his favorite combination to hurt Thomas, the right to the body followed by the right uppercut. After that Tyson landed four more hooks even coming off of one foot at one point. Thomas was counted out and looked very beat up around the eyes.

10. Roberto Duran K.O. 6 Sean Fitzgerald (1993): Duran was past his prime while the green Fitzgerald was young and undefeated. For four rounds the script unfolded as planned for Fitz who stuck a constant jab in Duran's mug along with lots of foot work. In the fifth Duran, looking ancient, began to land a few big shots and probably took the round. In the sixth Duran landed a perfect right hand a left hook to drop The Irish Express for the count. Hands of Stone turned back the clock one more time.

Thunder Gatti

Arturo Gatti was one of the most entertaining prizefighters in boxing history.
Arturo Gatti was one of the most entertaining prizefighters in boxing history. | Source

Arturo Gatti Takes Wison Rodriguez Out!

Tommy Morrisons Floors Razor Rudduck

Juan Manuel Marquez knocks out Manny Pacquiao!!

Gatti At The Brink

Arturo Gatti was getting beat up by Wilson Rodriguez until he pulled a rabbit out of the hat like he so often did.

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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