When it comes to Knockout of the Year we know there are very different opinions on what qualifies as a great KO. We know many value the level of the fight and fighters higher than the quality of the knockout, and many of the awards on other websites ignore lower level fights when it comes to the best KO of the year.
We go the opposite way, and we rate the knockout based on the KO. We couldn't give a rats who scores it and who it's against, we just want the most brutal KO, regardless of who the fighters are.
With that in mind we aren't limited to big fights for KO's and we get to talk about some obscure and brilliant KO's during our end of year awards. In 2019 that allowed us to select Ho Joon Jung brutal KO of Si Woo Lee as our award winner, a bout that many won't have seen, but a KO that was truly sickening, as you can see below.
This year we've again come across some brilliant KO's from obscure fights, such as James Bacon's brutal KO of Roque Agustin Junco in November, Aito Abe's fantastic blow out of Kentaro Omori in September and the vicious combination of Rentaro Kimura against Yuya Azuma in July.
After looking back over a huge list of KO's from through the year our winner came from an August 9th bout at the Aioi Hall on a Central Japan Rookie of The Year event between Tsubasa Murata and Yuya Miyazaki. This was brutal.
The KO came from a single straight right hand and left Miyazaki out flat on his face. Not only was it a gorgeous shot but it also also came with a brilliantly smart set up from Murata, who forced Miyazaki to make a mistake following several feints earlier on, and then lowered the boom.
Look below to enjoy The 2020 Asian Boxing Awards - KO of the Year.
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