Alfonso Blanco Falls Face First In Late Entry For Boxing Knockout Of The Year

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Boxing’s KO of the year may have gone down over the weekend, when Cameroonian-French veteran Hassan N’Dam N’jiijam knocked Alfonso Blanco out with a thunderous punch just 21 seconds into their fight in Saint Denis, France.

Blanco was sent face first to the canvas after a lightning fast right hand of the 32 year old N’Dam connected with the jaw of his opponent.

The Venezuelan sprawled forward, hitting his head as he landed on the floor. Out before he even reached the ground, his legs appeared to seize and shake, sending waves of shock and panic into the crowd.

The highlight reel knockout could not come at a better time for Hassan N’Dam N’jiijam. It looks like he will be set to fight the winner of Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Jacobs, taking place at Madison Square Garden on March 18 2017.

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N’Dam’s wicked KO victory fell on the same day as Bernard Hopkins called an end to his career after being knocked out in the eighth round along the ropes by Joe Smith Jr. Hopkins at 51 years old said that regardless of a win, lose or draw he would be retiring after facing Smith Jr, who was 24 years younger than the seasoned veteran.

The final blows landed by Smith Jr sent Hopkins falling through the ropes. Hopkins didn’t realise that he only had a 20-count to return to the ring, and the fight was waived by the referee. While Hopkins stated he had been pushed out of the ring, it was clear he had been rocked by the shots that had sent him crashing through the ropes.

Retiring with a record of 55-8-2, Hopkins will go down in history as the oldest championship level boxer, an accolade he achieved when he won the WBA super light heavyweight strap at the age of 49.

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