The most bizarre stoppage I’ve ever seen."—Al Bernstein
Late last year I wrote about a fight in which a boxer was almost killed in the ring due to a late stoppage. Another was Roy Jones vs. Denis Lebedev and still another was Donaire vs. Montiel which featured a scary leg twitching KO.
Back in the day, fights were allowed to continue far beyond what today would be called the stop point. Graziano vs. Zale III was one such example, but the reason was that many of these guys were ferocious free swingers who could take out their opponents while seemingly on the verge of being put to sleep. They could snatch victory from the jaws of defeat such as Zale did in the first fight of their immortal trilogy. It was a different era with a different tolerance level.
I always have been one to err in favor of safety first, but sometimes fights seem to be stopped prematurely such as Weaver vs. Dokes and more recently Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfonso Gomez. But every once in awhile a fight takes place in which the stoppage cannot be explained.
Here is my choice for a very weird stoppage. Rather than describe it, I’ll post the link as follows: