Thursday, January 17, 2008

Top 10 Boxing Knockouts

So I started thinking about the upcoming fight on Saturday between Roy Jones Jr. and Felix Trinidad and thought it might be interesting to think of some of the best knockouts I've seen. Both these guys could throw some bombs in their day, and even now that they are a little older, I wouldn't be surprised to see either one one get put on the canvas.

So I decided to make a top 10 list with some ground rules.

Rule 1 - The knockout MUST be on YouTube so you can see it today. I'm sure the greatest knockout ever happened in front of 200 people in some dinky hall, but it doesn't count if I can't YouTube it.

Rule 2 - To make the list, it had to involve at least one significant fighter. Believe me, I love watching undercards and little no name guys just throwing haymakers at each other, but for this list, we needed some name recognition.

Rule 3 - Bonus points are awarded for viciousness, ridiculousness, and unbelievableness in knocking the opponent out. This helped decide the top 3.

Also, I will try to give you key points to look at in the video, but feel free to watch them all, they all have something fun to see.

So without further ado, here is my not even a little bit of boxing expertise, Top 10.

10. Lennox Lewis defeats Mike Tyson (2:00 minute mark)

This was basically the end of Iron Mike. And I loved Iron Mike before he started raping and biting people. He was the scariest human being on the planet. YouTube the Michael Spinks fight. It lasts about 2 minutes, and he had never been knocked down before. Scary.

The bonus greatness of this clip is the weird British announcers. It was a peach of an announcing job.

9. Antonio Tarver defeats Roy Jones Jr.

Roy Jones Jr. does not see this coming. However, he felt it for about 3 months afterwards. Just a wicked blind hook that knocks out one of the best pound for pound fighters of all time.

8. Felix Trinidad defeats Fernando Vargas

Trinidad basically had this fight barring Vargas knocking him out, but he leaves absolutely no doubt in round 12. The ref gave Vargas a shot at finishing it, and all he did was walk face first into another left hook from Trinidad to end it on a TKO.

7. George Foreman defeats Joe Frazier

Just a domination, Foreman didn't throw bombs, he threw nukes. I mean, it was unreal. And bonus points for producing one of the most famous sports calls of all time.

6. Marvelous Marvin Hagler defeats Thomas Hearns

You have to watch this entire clip. This was why boxing used to be so incredibly popular. Because you had two guys like this, just going toe to toe in an absolute war with each other, and ending on a vicious hook by "Marvelous"Marvin.

5. Bernard Hopkins defeats Felix Trinidad (0:50 mark)

Absolutely wicked punch. Just a haymaker that lands right on Trinidad's jaw and gives him a 3 month long concussion.

4. Thomas Hearns defeats Roberto Duran (6:30 mark)

I know this is past Duran's prime, but this ending is still vicious. I'm sure he was wishing he would have yelled no mas before he got in the ring if he knew that was about to happen to him.

3. Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Gene Fullmer

This goes down as one of the top 5 punches I've ever seen landed. I mean it's a left hook that hit probably as square as possible and was just wicked. Beastly.

2. Diego Corrales defeats Juan Luis Castillo

This is honestly one of the most amazing rounds of boxing I've ever seen. If this fight is ever on ESPN Classic, it is a imperative to watch. I can't believe these two guys walked out of this ring, and with the death of Corrales in his motorcycle accident not long ago, it helps put this fight, this round and this knockout on another level.

And Number 1.......

Rocky Marciano defeats Jersey Joe Walcott

And then just for good measure..........

By all accounts, Marciano was gonna lose this fight. He needed a knockout, and Walcott got cocky. He didn't protect himself, and he wasn't worried about Marciano. And then Rocky proved why he went undefeated and did it in vicious style. I'm pretty sure if he did this to a normal person, it would have resulted in a decapitation.

And there you have it. My Top 10. Hope you enjoyed it.

And just because I can't help it, one other video I found along the way.

Uncoordinated Tall White Guy defeats Uncoordinated Short White Guy


Big Time Knock Out Punch - Watch more free videos

Friday, January 11, 2008

We Need a New Nickname!

As many people may know, Jacobs Field no longer exists. Oh the stadium is there, but under the new name of Progressive Field. I saw on another blog about someone that found the irony of the "Indians" playing at "Progressive" Field. And I can't lie, I see it too.

But irony is not what this is about. When Jacobs Field was stripped away, we lost something important to our stadium. A nickname. That's right. Now, don't get me wrong, "The Jake" wasn't the best in sports, but it was was Cleveland. And I'll be damned if I'm going to say that I'm going to "The Prog" for a game. It sounds like the new club that Britney Spears was caught without underwear and throwing up in.

So that is where I'm enlisting the help of all the loyal Internet readers out there. Cleveland has a ballpark, and now we just need our nickname. If we can get enough good ideas, I'll set it up for a vote and I will do everything in my power to have all the fans calling Progressive Field, "_________".

Leave any of your ideas for a nickname in the comment section.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Chris Bosh, Former Used Car Salesman???

Chris Bosh wants your vote for the NBA All-Star Team, and he's not afraid to campaign. Check the video yourself and see how good the deal is that Chris and Bubba are ready to make.

I think if more politicians campaigned this way, more people would actually vote.

Credit Yahoo! Sports NBA Blog with the original finding