Great fights do not just happen inside some of the largest promotions’ rings but also in the amateur stage where some of the most authentic knockouts take place. The King of the Ring 8 Man Series featured a chilling knockout that will hunt you in your dreams.
TY Williams’ first-round knockout of Andrew Banham is re-emerging on the internet because it is undeniably one of the most exciting yet horrifying kickboxing KOs. Banham lost all his senses after the Wellington fighter finished him early with a mortal counter right.
What A KO
The then-27-year-old cruiserweight was initially outplayed by his opponent in the first seconds of the match. Banham showered him with low kicks and a few punches early in the opening round while Williams was calculating his distance and studying his opponent.
The Kiwi fighter needed only a quick left and a counter right-hand to knock his rival out cold on the mat. His aim for the chin in the first few seconds successfully led him to a powerful hit in less than a minute to the first round.
Easy work for the young fighter, who’s advancing to the King of the Ring 8 Man Series’ semi-finals after the phenomenal performance. The commentator tagged the finishing move as the ‘devastating right hand’ that took Banham a while to recover from.
The King of the Ring competition featured some of the most excellent combat sports fighters, one of which is Williams’ co-Kiwi contender Israel Adesanya. Before becoming a four-fight mixed martial arts wonder in the UFC, the ‘Last Stylebender’ was an amateur kickboxer.
The UFC’s sixth-ranked middleweight started kickboxing at the age of 18. He accumulated an impressive amateur record of 32-0 in the sport before turning professional.
His King of the Ring battles featured some of the craziest kickboxing knockouts, amassing a 75-5-1 record as a professional kickboxer. Adesanya’s accolades in the sport include three titles in New Zealand’s King in the Ring tournament, a record for the promotion.
In his successful UFC debut, Adesanya called out the reporters after he ‘finally made it’ in the most prestigious MMA promotion. He said it was the first time he was recognised despite being in the sport for an impressive while.
“I was here the whole time. You guys are finally noticing me. I just feel like I’m here at the right time. The stars all aligned, the plans all aligned perfectly for me to be here at this time and I’m grateful for it. [Fighting on] real FOX. Millions of eyes watching me. I’m ready to shine.”
Watch one of his greatest kickboxing knockouts with the King of the Ring 8 Man Series below:
Full TY Williams Vs Andrew Banham match below:
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