2013 Knockout Awards

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Was Adonis Stevenson's KO of Chad Dawson really the best of the year?

Above you should find a video collection of 92 of the best knockouts of 2013. Below you'll find the order in which the knockouts appear. So enjoy that first; then we'll chat later.

Video 1

2013-01-11 John Molina KO4 Dannie Williams
2013-01-19 Anthony Ferrante KO10 Isa Akberbayev
2013-01-23 Neuky Santelises KO2 Juan Javier Guerrero
2013-01-26 Lucas Martin Matthysse KO1 Mike Dallas Jr
2013-01-30 Alejandro Solis KO1 Eduardo De La Cruz
2013-02-01 Artur Szpilka KO6 Mike Mollo
2013-02-02 Mickey Bey Jr KO3 Robert Rodriguez
2013-02-09 Carlos Ruiz KO1 Cesar Baltazar
2013-02-09 Erik Skoglund KO2 Attila Baran
2013-02-16 Juan Heraldez KO1 Benjamin Romanio
2013-02-16 Noe Gonzalez Alcoba KO1 Idiozan Matos
2013-02-21 Ibrahim Balla KO1 Jasper Buhat
2013-02-23 Charles Martin KO1 Anthony Hinson
2013-02-23 Tony Thompson KO2 David Price
2013-02-27 Tiger Tor Buamas KO1 Nongbeer Sor Bangkru
2013-03-02 Brandon Brewer KO2 Glisandy Mejia
2013-03-02 Jorge Melendez KO4 Ryan Davis
2013-03-08 Braulio Santos KO1 Kevin Hoskins
2013-03-09 Argenis Mendez KO4 Juan Carlos Salgado
2013-03-09 Edgar Sosa KO2 Ulises Solis
2013-03-15 Yunieski Gonzalez KO8 Rowland Bryant
2013-03-21 Paul Butler KO4 Anwar Alfadi
2013-03-22 Adonis Stevenson KO6 Darnell Boone
2013-03-22 Mian Hussain KO2 Basilio Silva
2013-03-23 Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda KO5 Ramon Armando Torres
2013-03-30 Gennady Golovkin KO3 Nobuhiro Ishida
2013-04-05 Rustam Nugaev KO8 Jonathan Maicelo
2013-04-06 Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr KO3 Nimithra Sithsaithong
2013-04-06 Fabrizio Leone KO1 Gianluca Tamburrini
2013-04-06 Milan Melindo KO4 Tommy Seran
2013-04-08 Takashi Miura KO9 Gamaliel Diaz
2013-04-12 Amir Imam KO2 Jeremy Bryan
2013-04-13 Jesse Hart KO3 Marlon Farr
2013-04-19 Javier Fortuna KO1 Miguel Zamudio
2013-04-20 Lucas German Priori KO2 Miguel Angel Bogado
2013-04-20 Tyson Fury KO7 Steve Cunningham
2013-04-27 Anthony Ogogo KO2 Kieron Gray
2013-05-06 Takashi Uchiyama KO5 Jaider Parra
2013-05-08 Ryo Miyazaki KO5 Carlos Velarde
2013-05-15 Eliezer Agosto KO2 Angel Suarez
2013-05-16 Dominic Shchukin KO1 Bashir Sadiq
2013-05-18 Krzysztof Cieslak KO7 Ariel Krasnopolski
2013-05-18 Lucas Martin Matthysse KO3 Lamont Peterson

Video 2

2013-05-25 Armando Santos KO2 Herald Molina
2013-05-28 Denkaosan Kaovichit KO12 Ichal Tobida
2013-06-08 Adonis Stevenson KO1 Chad Dawson
2013-06-14 Patrick Allotey KO6 Patrick Bogere
2013-06-15 Edrin Dapudong KO1 Gideon Buthelezi
2013-06-15 Enad Licina KO3 Marcel Zeller
2013-06-15 Juan Antonio Lopez KO4 Jonathan Hernandez
2013-06-15 Mikey Garcia KO4 Juan Manuel Lopez
2013-06-21 Salvador Juarez KO2 Carlos Alberto Barraza
2013-06-29 Gennady Golovkin KO3 Matthew Macklin
2013-07-12 Alphonso Black KO2 Artie Bembury
2013-07-19 Ryan Kielczweski KO5 Miguel Soto
2013-07-20 Tadas Jonkus KO2 Manuel Grimieri De Ioanni
2013-07-28 Bryan Abraham KO2 Chris Russell (Bare Knuckle Boxing)
2013-07-28 Eric Fowler KO1 Carl McNickles (Bare Knuckle Boxing)
2013-08-02 Craig Vitale KO2 Joe Muir
2013-08-03 Curtis Stevens KO1 Saul Roman
2013-08-09 Deontay Wilder KO1 Siarhei Liakhovich
2013-08-12 Hozumi Hasegawa KO1 Genaro Camargo
2013-08-17 Edis Tatli KO5 Innocent Anyanwu
2013-08-17 Stephen Smith KO5 Gary Buckland
2013-08-19 Daniel Jacobs KO3 Giovanni Lorenzo
2013-08-22 Pete Reyes KO2 Juan Zapata
2013-08-23 Anthony Miller KO1 Dominic Goode
2013-08-23 Christian Hammer KO7 Leif Larsen
2013-08-24 Jhonny Gonzalez KO1 Abner Mares
2013-08-24 Sho Nakazawa KO1 Dejchai Bovigym
2013-08-31 Ilunga Makabu KO5 Eric Fields
2013-09-07 Rico Ramos KO10 Carlos Ivan Velasquez (no video)
2013-09-12 Jeff Horn KO1 Samuel Colomban
2013-09-17 Aiktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi KO2 Chamuakpetch Kor Kamolwat
2013-09-21 Cristofer Rosales KO3 Luis Ruiz
2013-09-21 Jairo Rodriguez KO2 Frederick Castro
2013-09-21 Rafael Vazquez KO9 Leon Moore
2013-09-27 Jose Perez KO1 Julio Borda
2013-10-05 Michal Gerlecki KO2 Mikolaj Milczenko
2013-10-12 Vasyl Lomachenko KO4 Jose Ramirez
2013-10-17 Solomon Haumono KO3 Marcelo Nascimento
2013-10-19 Luis Concepcion KO10 Carlos Ruben Dario Ruiz
2013-10-26 Genesis Servania KO2 Rafael Concepcion
2013-11-01 James Chereji KO2 Belmin Skomorac
2013-11-02 Giovani Segura KO12 Hernan Marquez
2013-11-16 Chris Eubank Jr KO6 Frankie Borg
2013-11-16 Erkan Teper KO1 Martin Rogan
2013-11-22 Abner Lopez KO3 Alejandro Alonso
2013-11-29 Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep KO12 Koki Eto
2013-11-30 Sergey Kovalev KO2 Ismayl Sillakh
2013-12-06 Ryan Sermona KO4 Matt Garlett
2013-12-13 Leonardo Baez KO1 Marcos Ochoa
2013-12-14 Darnell Wilson KO6 David Rodriguez

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Mmkay then, did you have a good time? I know you did. You're welcome. Now let's try to figure out which fight deserves the coveted "Knockout of the Year" honor. Since it took so long to publish this (because a tremendous amount of effort was put into it) just about every other boxing website that does year end awards has already announced a winner. The popular choice was, apparently, Adonis Stevenson's 76 second ruination of Chad Dawson. It certainly was a stunning stoppage, but it was far from a true knockout. Dawson easily beat the count and was very upset that he wasn't allowed to continue. Dawson wasn't robbed or anything, but the knockout was clearly technical.

Nonetheless the KO was "important" and is widely considered the best 2013 had to offer. Stevenson, a +160 underdog, defeated the #1 light heavyweight in the world, won the WBC/RING light heavyweight titles and became the newest French Canadian boxing sensation. Apparently all of that made the knockout more amazing, so, in an effort to entertain the logic of the masses, "importance" was factored into the KO criteria this year to give "Stevenson KO1 Dawson" a shot at the ultimate prize. Other criteria include "brutality," "theatricality," and "relativity."

Brutality should be self-explanatory. Theatricality is another way of saying "most like a movie" (aka the "he fell funny" award). And relativity is what should matter more than importance. Essentially people should care more about what was most "remarkable," with the strengths and limitations of both fighters taken into account. Boxing fans generally seem to understand this concept when voting for "Fighter of the Year," otherwise someone like Glen Johnson would never have won in 2004, but there's a lack of consistency with other awards. Such is boxing.

In any event serious candidates for the 2013 BLH KOTY must be proficient in at least 2 of the 4 mentioned categories, narrowing the field to the following:

2013-02-21 Ibrahim Balla KO1 Jasper Buhat (B, T)
2013-03-15 Yunieski Gonzalez KO8 Rowland Bryant (B, T)
2013-03-21 Paul Butler KO4 Anwar Alfadi (B, T)
2013-03-22 Adonis Stevenson KO6 Darnell Boone (B, T)
2013-03-30 Gennady Golovkin KO3 Nobuhiro Ishida (B, T)
2013-04-20 Lucas German Priori KO2 Miguel Angel Bogado (B, T)
2013-05-18 Krzysztof Cieslak KO7 Ariel Krasnopolski (B, T)
2013-05-28 Denkaosan Kaovichit KO12 Ichal Tobida (B, T)
2013-06-08 Adonis Stevenson KO1 Chad Dawson (I, R)
2013-06-15 Edrin Dapudong KO1 Gideon Buthelezi (T, R)
2013-06-15 Juan Antonio Lopez KO4 Jonathan Hernandez (B, T)
2013-06-21 Salvador Juarez KO2 Carlos Alberto Barraza (B, T)
2013-07-12 Alphonso Black KO2 Artie Bembury (B, T)
2013-07-19 Ryan Kielczweski KO5 Miguel Soto (T, R)
2013-07-20 Tadas Jonkus KO2 Manuel Grimieri De Ioanni (B, T, R)
2013-08-02 Craig Vitale KO2 Joe Muir (B, T)
2013-08-17 Edis Tatli KO5 Innocent Anyanwu (B, T)
2013-08-17 Stephen Smith KO5 Gary Buckland (B, T, R)
2013-08-22 Pete Reyes KO2 Juan Zapata (B, T)
2013-08-24 Jhonny Gonzalez KO1 Abner Mares (I, R)
2013-08-24 Sho Nakazawa KO1 Dejchai Bovigym (B, T)
2013-09-07 Rico Ramos KO10 Carlos Ivan Velasquez (B, T)
2013-09-12 Jeff Horn KO1 Samuel Colomban (T, R)
2013-09-17 Aiktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi KO2 Chamuakpetch Kor Kamolwat (B, T)
2013-09-21 Cristofer Rosales KO3 Luis Ruiz (B, T)
2013-09-21 Rafael Vazquez KO9 Leon Moore (B, R)
2013-10-26 Genesis Servania KO2 Rafael Concepcion (B, T)
2013-12-14 Darnell Wilson KO6 David Rodriguez (B, T, R)

I = Important
B = Brutal
T = Theatrical
R = Remarkable

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The immediate front runners include fights that proved fruitful in 3 categories (Jonkus-Grimieri De Ioanni, Smith-Buckland, and Wilson-Rodriguez). However, context aside, the sheer awesomeness displayed in Gonzalez-Bryant, Priori-Bogado, Cieslak-Krasnopolski, and Black-Bembury was on a whole nother level (although Tatli-Anyanwu may have been the most fun). You may remember Priori as the KO King from 2012.

And now this is where you, the reader, come in. The race is too close to call and your input will be much appreciated. Comment on this page with whichever fight you consider the "Knockout of the Year" and the most popular choice will be weighed along with the other categories. The fights most likely to win were listed in the previous paragraph, so, you should probably choose one of them...

The winner won't be officially announced until the "2013 Male Fighter Awards" piece. Another article like this one will be devoted to the best rounds of the year prior to that. Separate articles won't be done for the other awards.

In closing here are some other unrated categories that various knockouts belong to, just for fun:

The Most Controversial

2013-01-19 Anthony Ferrante KO10 Isa Akberbayev
2013-02-02 Mickey Bey Jr KO3 Robert Rodriguez
2013-02-09 Ray Edwards KO1 Nick Capes [Tied for win]
2013-04-20 Tyson Fury KO7 Steve Cunningham
2013-11-01 Milos Pantelic KO1 Heriberto Gutierrez [Tied for win]

The Best to the Body

2013-04-06 Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr KO3 Nimithra Sithsaithong [Winner]
2013-05-06 Takashi Uchiyama KO5 Jaider Parra
2013-06-29 Gennady Golovkin KO3 Matthew Macklin
2013-10-12 Vasyl Lomachenko KO4 Jose Ramirez

The Most Ape Shit Post-KO Commentary

2013-09-21 Rafael Vazquez KO9 Leon Moore
2013-11-29 Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep KO12 Koki Eto [Winner]

The Best Without a Y Chromosome

2013-02-28 Oxandia Castillo KO2 Hanna Gabriel [previously detailed in the 2013 FFA]

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If you have any questions about the controversies involved feel free to ask. This piece was too long to detail anything...that comes later.

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Ryan Bivins is a staff writer for Bad Left Hook. You can contact him on twitter (@sweetboxing) or through email (rgbivins@gmail.com).

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