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10 of the best final round knockouts

Julio Cesar Chavez final round
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Leigh Wood’s triumph over Xu Can was just the latest in a long line of fights that delivered their most dramatic moments in the final round
  1. Julio Cesar Chavez vs Meldrick Taylor
    The greatest of all last-round, come-from-behind knockout wins, Chavez was down on two of three ringside scorecards when he managed to suffocate and stop the fleet-footed Taylor with just two seconds to run in their 1990 thriller.
  2. Jake LaMotta vs Laurent Dauthuille II
    Dauthuille had beaten LaMotta once and seemed on his way to repeating the trick in September 1950, only for LaMotta, with 13 seconds remaining in the 15th round, to this time turn it all around and stop the Frenchman.
  3. Mike Weaver vs John Tate
    In one of the last ever 15-round heavyweight title fights, huge underdog Weaver, behind on all three scorecards going into the final round, knocked out Tate, the WBA heavyweight belt-holder, with less than a minute left of their 1980 encounter.
  4. Carl Froch vs Jermain Taylor
    Froch knew he had to produce something special to retain his WBC super-middleweight title against Jermain Taylor and that is exactly what he did, trapping Taylor and stopping him with 14 seconds to go in the final round of their 2009 fight.
  5. Chris Eubank vs Michael Watson II
    Soured by its tragic conclusion, the Eubank vs. Watson II battle in 1991 remains a British classic primarily due to the way Eubank rallied to stop Watson in the very last round.
  6. Felix Trinidad vs Fernando Vargas
    Puerto Rican superstar ‘Tito’ Trinidad waged an all-out war with Fernando Vargas in December 2000, trading knockdowns with the brave Mexican-American ahead of closing the show in the 12th round.
  7. Bernard Hopkins vs Felix Trinidad
    Not content with pitching a masterclass, Hopkins put the seal on arguably the best victory of his career by stopping Trinidad in the 12th round of their 2001 middleweight battle.
  8. Shannon Briggs vs Siarhei Liakhovich
    Briggs’s come-from-behind knockout of Liakhovich in the final knockings of their 2006 heavyweight scrap fight pumped life into a career many believed was dead.
  9. Shane Mosley vs Ricardo Mayorga I
    Narrowly ahead on the scorecards heading into the 12th round, Shane Mosley found an extra gear to take the result out of the judges’ hands and stop Ricardo Mayorga with one second to spare in their 2008 fight.
  10. James Toney vs Charles Williams
    Though Toney could barely see out of his left eye going into the 12th round of his 1994 fight against Williams, he finished him with a stunning jab-cross combination.

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