Murat Gassiev.

Murat Gassiev just gave boxing its 2016 KO of the Year

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Everyone else can stop trying now because we have just seen boxing's best knockout of the year. It's done.

Canelo Alvarez put forward an impressive contender when he sent Amir Khan to la-la-land with a power punch the Brit couldn't get up from, while Mason Menard also had a highlight-reel KO with this blow to Eudy Bernardo.

Those were all excellent knockouts, but step forward Murat Gassiev, who has blown them both out of the water with his bone-crunching and soul-shaking punch. Scroll down to view the KO.


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The Russian cruiserweight extended his record to 23 wins, 0 losses and one no-contest as he defeated Jordan Shimmell last night. Gassiev did it in some style as well, with this left hand causing some unexpected unconsciousness.

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Shimmell looked to be doing well early on, using his height and reach advantage to put his jab to good work as Gassiev stalked him around the ring, barely throwing any punches as he looked for the time to strike.

And strike he did, threw a right hand followed by a hard left hook that caught Shimmell in the jaw, sending him down on the canvas, completely out cold with no count necessary from the referee.

Thankfully he regained consciousness after some oxygen and was with it enough to congratulate Gassiev afterwards.

Gassiev is one of the top prospects in the cruiserweight division and it is easy to see why. The man who has been labelled as 'The Next Golovkin' - by GGG's trainer no less - is building an impressive resume for himself and a future title run seems certain at this point. 

Not bad for a 22-year-old.

With the win, Gassiev will be facing the winner of this Saturday’s fight between WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez at the Khodynka Ice Palace, in Moscow.

You can check out a slow-mo video replay of the KO here.

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