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Boxing fans vote to decide the best knockout from 2018

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What a fantastic year 2018 was for the sport of boxing, the athletes involved and perhaps most importantly, the passionate fans of the game.

Whether it was the comeback of Tyson Fury and his controversial draw against Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua becoming a unified world champion, Tony Bellew retiring David Haye only to retire himself after losing to Oleksandr Usyk, it is going take something extra special for 2019 to surpass the previous 12 months.

As a result, the sport is currently enjoying a huge wave of popularity in the UK.

And to celebrate some of 2018's biggest fights, Sky Sports ran a poll to find out which knockout was the overall boxing community's favourite.

Of course, there was plenty of choice with nine different nominations, including Dereck Chisora's v Carlos Takam, Deontay Wilder's vs Luis Ortiz and Usyk's brutal destruction of Bellew in November.

Of course it is never easy to definitively decide what makes one knockout 'better' than another which might explain why the results of the poll - which have now been confirmed - are so tight.

The winner, requiring just 22% of the 47,000 votes, was Dillian Whyte's knockout of Lucas Browne in March via that powerful left hook that left the Australian in a heap.

Its been quite the year of Dillian Whyte who has fiercely knocked out his opponents this calendar year and has gotten quite a bit of fan backing to show for that. 

In Whyte's KO of Browne at the O2, not only did he tarnish the Aussie's unbeaten record but knocked him out cold in the process as his fallen rival required oxygen and medical attention.

In second Whyte features again as his recent victory over Dereck Chisora attracted 17% of the vote.

Once again, that big left hook saved the day as the Body Snatcher was actually down on the judges' scorecard heading into the 11th round.

To round off the top 3, Alexander Povetkin's very serious knockout of David Price from April.

With 16% of the vote, a brave Price was almost out on his feet when his Russian opponent landed the final sickening blow.

So according to the fans those were the best knockouts in 2018, let's hope 2019 serves up some even better finishes!

Topics:
Heavyweight
Dillian Whyte
Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua
Tyson Fury
Boxing

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