technical knockout


Definition of technical knockout

: the termination of a boxing match when a boxer is unable or is declared by the referee to be unable (as because of injuries) to continue the fight

called also TKO

Examples of technical knockout in a Sentence

He has 10 knockouts and 6 technical knockouts. He won by technical knockout.
Recent Examples on the Web Twenty-five years have melted away since Vaden became the only native San Diegan to capture a world boxing championship with a technical knockout of Vincent Pettway on Aug. 12, 1995, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Memories of father fuel 25th anniversary of Paul Vaden’s world boxing title," 9 Aug. 2020 Saturday's bout was the first time the two heavyweights met since Ruiz won a technical knockout during the seventh round in New York in June. Amir Vera, CNN, "Anthony Joshua wins rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia 'Clash on the Dunes'," 7 Dec. 2019 The first fight between Joshua and Ruiz in New York delivered one of the biggest shocks in boxing history, as the unfancied Mexican-American floored the hot favorite four times on the way to a seventh-round technical knockout. Ben Morse, CNN, "Boxing's 'Clash on the Dunes' overshadowed by 'sportswashing' concerns," 6 Dec. 2019 Mayweather won by technical knockout in the 10th round, pushing his record to 50-0. Des Bieler,, "Floyd Mayweather says he spent New Year’s Eve earning $9 million for 139-second win," 25 Oct. 2019 Ortega is looking to put himself back into the title picture after being badly battered by featherweight champion Holloway during four rounds in a technical knockout defeat in Toronto. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Brian Ortega to fight ‘The Korean Zombie’ in UFC’s final show of 2019," 23 Sep. 2019 In the main event Saturday between welterweights Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, a technical knockout was called in the third round in favor of Masvidal because a doctor was concerned about a cut on Diaz's face. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "Trump booed, cheered at UFC fight in New York City," 3 Nov. 2019 Brunette beat Ezequiel Cocoa Sanchez by technical knockout at the Met Sports Center in 1986 to earn him a shot at Patrizio Oliva for the WBA World Championship, the only pro bout Brunette didn’t win. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "St. Paul hall of fame boxer Brian Brunette left it all in the ring," 11 Oct. 2019 Whether that occurs at London's Wembley Stadium — where Joshua closed Wladimir Klitschko's career in April with an 11th-round technical knockout in the fight of the year — or New York or Las Vegas, the event would attract even casual sports fans. Lance Pugmire,, "Anthony Joshua doing his part to 'bring excitement'to boxing," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of technical knockout

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Technical knockout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of technical knockout

: an occurrence in which a fighter wins a boxing match when an opponent is unable to continue to fight usually because of injuries

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