2019 Boxing Knockout of the Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing throughout this week. Here’s how we do it around these parts:

The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info.  On the second day after a category is introduced, we’ll give you the winner and explain why.

Now: Knockout of the Year nominees. On deck: Fight of the Year nominees and Knockout of the Year winner.


Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young

The first of three KO of the Year nominees in less than a month featured Nonito doing Nonito stuff: fast hands, fast finish.

Vergil Ortiz vs Mauricio Herrera

Nobody had ever managed anything close to anything like this to the ultra-sturdy vet.

Devin Haney vs Antonio Moran

Haney cocked that right hand back about three times before striking the hammer.

Canelo Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev

One-punch KOs are beauties. Sometimes an opponent not going down right away sets up even more frightening knockouts.

Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz II

It’s crazy that you aren’t crazy for suggesting Wilder really might be one of the most powerful punchers in boxing history. Unlike few before him, he can change a whole fight with a single connect.


Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale

Gabriel Flores vs Eduardo Pereira dos Reis

Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez

Teofimo Lopez vs Richard Commey


Sam Maxwell vs Sabri Sediri

Teofimo Lopez vs Diego Magdaleno

Jermell Charlo vs Jorge Cota

Derek Chisora vs Artur Szpilka

Richard Commey vs Isa Chaniev

Adam Kownacki vs Gerald Washington

Gervonta Davis vs Hugo Ruiz

Liam Williams vs Joe Mullender


Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Anthony Crolla

Dave Allen vs Lucas Browne


Antonio Vargas vs Jose Cardenas

Filip Hrgovic vs Gregory Corbin

Gennady Golovkin vs Steve Rolls


* The closest thing to an order here would be on the back end, a lot of them are roughly in the order presented below, a video that proved enormously helpful in assembling the list of candidates and that include other unmentioned top KOs of 2019…

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (http://www.tbrb.org). He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.