One of the great things about amazing KO's is they can happen anywhere, any time and often come in very surprising fashion. Today we look at one such KO which came in the Minimumweight division in 2014 in Monaco. Not only did in come in weight class where we don't many clean KO's but it was a truly brutal finish and a massive surprise of a win for an unheralded Filipino.
Rey Loreto (17-13, 9) Vs Nkosinathi Joyi (24-2-0-1, 17) I
On February 1st 2014 attention turned to Monaco for a rather odd show at the Salle Des Etoiles in Monto Carlo. The main event of the show was Gennady Golovkin taking on Adama Osumanu, in a pretty typical stay busy bout for Golovkin from that time, but the bout that really interested us was a Light Flyweight clash. The bout was between former IBF Minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joy and unheralded Filipino Rey Loreto.
Although Joyi was never a global star he had been one of the very best 105lbs fighters of his era. He had scored wins over the likes of Sammy Gutierrez, Lorenzo Trejo, Florante Condes, Raul Garcia and Katsunari Takayama. In 2012 he lost the IBF title to Mario Rodriguez and suffered a very close loss to Hekkie Budler the following year, before moving up in weight. In his second bout at Light Flyweight he was facing off with Loreto.
Outside of Asia Loreto was an unknown and with 13 losses from 30 career bouts he was easy to over-look. What that record didn't show was the level of competition and his recent form. It also didn't explain that he had turned things around big time since losing his first 4 bouts and once being 8-11 (4). Just 6 months prior to facing Joyi he has battered former world champion Pornsawan Porpramook into retirement and had proven to be a hard hitting, tough, southpaw. Always a dangerous type of opponent.
After the two men had had two surprisingly competitive rounds it was clear that Joyi was in a tougher test than expected. Saying that however no one would have anticipated what would have happened around 30 seconds into round 3.
Straight from the start of the round Loreto was on the offensive and shook Joyi with a big left hand. The South African was hurt but remained on his feet, at least for a few seconds. Until Loreto landed a similar punch only seconds later. That was it.
The second shot sent Joyi's head spinning whilst sending the former champion to the canvas for only his second stoppage loss. It was a cracking left hand that Loreto got everything behind and landed like a peach, instantly turning the lights out on the former world champion.
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