We saw some amazing KO's in 2018, at every level of the sport and genuinely saw so many that we could write a list of 40 great ones, including some really obscure ones like Hebi Marapu's sickening body shot KO of Phutthiphong Rakoon and the brilliant KO shot from Shuichiro Yoshino against Kazumasa Kobayashi, in what was a late contender for our KO of the year.
Despiute the number of Amazing KO's, we felt there was a clear winner. Naoya Inoue's [井上 尚弥] fantastic, light out KO against Juan Carlos Payano from the World Boxing Super Series. It was a dynamite right hand that left Payano flat out on his back, staring up at the lights with none of his senses remaining. It was technically and visually brilliant, and was done so at an extremely highly level against a highly accomplished southpaw. It really was amazing to see, and the sort of KO that has been played over, and over, and over. Really something very special.
What arguably made Inoue's KO so amazing was that he had only moved up to the Bantamweight division a few months earlier, and had fought fought only 112 seconds as a Bantamweight, steam rolling Jamie McDonnell. To show that power against someone who was seen as durable, put the division on alert and gave the fellow WBSS Bantamweights something to be terrified of. It showed Inoue was able to move up and arguably hit even harder at Bantamweight than he had at Super Flyweight.
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