SI.com's 2011 Boxing Awards

Knockout of the Year
Text: Chris Mannix, SI.com
Photo: Julie Jacobson/AP

Knockout of the Year

Nonito Donaire KO2 Fernando Montiel

Yes, Montiel got up from the crushing overhand left that nearly caved in half his face. But he only lasted a few more seconds before the referee stepped in to save him. Couple that with the significance of the matchup -- both Donaire and Montiel were pound-for-pound guys going at it in a highly anticipated super bantamweight fight -- and Donaire's savage knockout becomes that much more impressive.


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