Frontproof Media's 2017 End of the Year Awards: Knockout of the Year
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: January 13, 2018
The sport of boxing is dangerous. In fact, boxing is one of the most life-threatening activities that human beings can participate in. There is an old saying that you can play other sports but that you “don't play boxing.” Nothing is a better example of the risk that fighters take when they step inside the squared circle than a knockout. 2017 was filled with memorable events, fights and progressive forward moving business dealings. It was also filled with its fair share of memorable knockouts.
No other knockout in 2017 was as equally significant and brutal as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai’s (44-4-1, 40 KOs) career-defining fourth-round knockout over Roman Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs). The fight took place last September’s on the SuperFly card at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. It was a rematch of their controversial and action-packed back and forth thriller that took place in March at Madison Square Garden. Coming into the rematch, there were those who still viewed Rungvisai as an underdog and thought of him as lucky to have gotten the decision over Gonzalez in the first bout. The Thai fighter came into the rematch with a chip on his shoulder with a focus to show people that it was more than luck that led him to victory in the first fight.
There was much anticipation on the night of the rematch as many expected another excellent action fight. And then the bell rang. The match was one-sided from the start with Rungvisai landing power shot after power shot almost at will. The man once known as an offensive machine now looked like a shell of himself in comparison to Rungvisai. The end came in the fourth-round with a beautifully timed right hook. With the knockout, the stigma surrounding the Thai fighter evaporated. Leaving only the glory of having proven so many people wrong.
Frontproof Media would like to award Srisaket Sor Rungvisai with Fronproof’s Knockout of the Year for his fourth-round knockout over Roman Gonzalez in their rematch. Rungvisai’s stoppage over Gonzalez was undoubtedly the most significant of the year thus making it an easy pick for knockout of the year.
David Lemieux KO3 Curtis Stevens
Mikey Garcia KO3 Dejan Zlaticanin
Deontay Wilder KO1 Bermane Stiverne
(Feature Photo: Associated Press)