UFC color commentator Joe Rogan shared some of the most brutal knockouts in boxing.
One of the most exciting things about combat sports is witnessing a knockout. Boxing legends Mike Tyson, George Foreman, and Sonny Liston are some of the most popular boxers renowned for their finishing power and insane highlight reels.
Joe Rogan reacts to brutal boxing deaths
In a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan shared his reaction to Benny Parret’s death in the boxing ring.
“Benny Paret died in the ring. He was killed by Emile Griffith who beat him to death in the ring after Paret teased him for being gay. He kept talking sh*t about him being gay. He beat him to death. Paret’s stuck in the ropes and Griffith is just teeing off on him while he’s out. So, he’s trapped in the ropes, he collapses, and then he’s dead… The only thing keeping him up is the punches. The punches are so hard, they’re keeping his body upright.”
Rogan recounted horrific KOs
Rogan recalled Nigel Benn’s victory over Jeremy McClellan, Glenn Johnson’s finish over Roy Jones Jr., and Ray Mercer’s knockout of Tommy Morrison.
“Jeremy McClellan goes down a second time and then you see him wincing in pain and holding his head. That’s when he decided to stay down. Nobody could believe he quit on his knee like that but then he went back into his corner and he slumped and he really never recovered. He went to the hospital and he’s alive still but he’s severely disabled and I believe he’s blind.”
“Glenn Johnson knocked out Roy in a scary knockout. This was after the Antonio Tarver one. In that one, he was kind of conscious but he was f**ked up. Tarver cracked him. He was out but he was moving around. This one’s even scarier because he bangs the back of his head when he goes down and it was the comeback fight. Glenn Johnson was a suitable comeback opponent but nobody told Johnson that. He came to that fight to win. He has a really difficult style to deal with, super tough guy, and very skillful. This was Roy coming off of getting KO’d. Whenever a guy comes off of getting KO’d, the odds of him getting KO’d again go up. It depends on the person, some of them it doesn’t go up at all but in some of them it goes up a lot. It might be the damage they took from the first knockout, it could be a lot of factors. Look how he goes out. He goes out stiff, banged his head off the ground. That was rough but it’s nothing like Ray Mercer versus Tommy Morrison. This one was one of the worst. Morrison faded and eventually Ray Mercer caught him. He hits him with a right hand. He’s tangled up in the ropes and the referee is too small to pull Mercer off of him so he hits him with multiple punches while he’s out cold.”
“This is horrendous. He’s fully out cold and he got hit four or five times clean. This is Benny Paret all over again. It could have been the end of his life and probably changed his brain forever.”
Joe Rogan recently paid tribute to the late UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar after his tragic passing on Dec. 22.