Robert Brizel’s Favorite Eight Knockouts of 2023
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Here are Real Combat Media sports reporter Robert Brizel’s favorite knockouts from January through July 2023. One thing is for sure: these outcomes left no doubt on the table.
Result One: Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis KO 10 Roiman Villa, Welterweights
Ennis made the first defense of his interim International Boxing Federation World Welterweight title, knocking out game villa with a combination on the ropes, down and out.
Result Two: Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis KO 7 Ryan Garcia, Lightweights
No title was at stake. Superior body work from ‘Tank’ put away 23-0 Garcia on one knee.
Now locked up in jail for the moment, Tank Davis has been called out by Devin Haney.
Result Three: Julissa Alejandra Guzman KO 7 Ramla Ali, Female Super Bantamweights
Mexican former World Boxing Council World Super bantamweight champion Guzman wins IBF Inter-continental title, dropping 8-0 Ali in fifth, and then knocking her out on her back.
Result Four: Mauricio Lara TKO 7 Leigh Wood, Featherweights
Mexico’s durable Mauricio Lara drops and stops Wood on the road to win World Boxing Association World Featherweight title. Wood regains title by 12 rounds decision three months later, however WBA title is declared vacant, as Wood missed weight by one pound.
Result Five: Eduardo ‘Sugar’ Nunez KO 2 Jesus Martin Ceyca, Featherweights
In battle of Sinaloa Mexico featherweights, it was bombs away as Nunez, with 25 knockouts in 25 wins, knocked out 17-0 Ceyca cold on his back with a perfectly timed right hook. This bout is a candidate for top knockout of the year in 2023.
Results Six and Seven: Gary Cully TKO 2 Wilfredo Flores, Super Lightweights
Jose Felix TKO 3 Gary Cully, Super Lightweights
Ireland’s Gary Cully figured into two outcomes. In the first, Cully went to 17-0 by dropping Wilfredo Flores twice in the second round. 47 bout Mexican vet Felix, coming off short end of stick by 10 round decision in his two previous bouts, timed 17-0 Cully perfectly, dropping him twice in the third round. Cully’s corner then threw in the towel, ending the contest.
Result Eight: Joe Cusumano TKO 7 Adam Kownacki, Heavyweights
Unheralded Cusumano, a supposed tune up opponent, instead trained to win and played the part of spoiler, dropping and stopping Kownacki, who incurred his fourth consecutive loss.