Podcast: Knockdown Fests and Fighters Who Frequently Tasted Canvas

Even if someone doesn't particularly enjoy watching boxing, there's a good chance they'll have a visceral reaction to a fighter being knocked down. Knockdowns tend to make fights fun and can turn a snoozer into a battle. On this episode of the Knuckles and Gloves podcast, Patrick Connor and Aris Pina talk knockdowns from history and the fighters who sure seemed to experience them a lot.

Ingemar Johansson sends Floyd Patterson to the canvas in their 1959 fight at Yankee Stadium

There are few things more thrilling in sports than when a fighters is taken off their feet by an opponent. In some fights it happened more than what seemed natural, and some fighters just couldn’t stay upright.

On one hand, getting knocked down loses the affected fighter a point in the round and at best, the optics aren’t great. But sometimes the embarrassment and shock of hitting the deck wakes a fighter up in the short-term. And in the long-term, the best fighters use it as a lesson.

Ingemar Johansson sends Floyd Patterson to the canvas in their first fight en route to seizing the heavyweight champion in 1959.

Perhaps the fighter most famous for soaking up the knockdowns was heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. He was a smaller heavyweight with a good punch, but a clean shave could bowl him over. Even so, that’s part of what made him an exciting fighter.

Beyond Patterson, many fighters made their names on soldiering through adversity by peeling themselves off the canvas. There have also been fights from yesteryear that featured surprising amounts of knockdowns, and those can’t be left out.

Charley Norkus hangs onto the ropes in his knockdown-laden war against Danny Nardico, their first of two bouts in 1954

On this episode of the Knuckles and Gloves Boxing Radio podcast, boxing historians Patrick Connor and Aris Pina speak a bit on Ryan Garcia’s victory over Luke Campbell from a few weeks back before discussing knockdowns. A whole lot of knockdowns.

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