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How to Throw a Knockout Punch

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A knockout punch can end all contests decisively. It can finish fights without dispute and can save your life in grave circumstances. A fighting sports athlete needs it when he is awfully down on points; an up and comer wants to have a lot of wins through knockouts to boost confidence and create an intimidating image. Some people just want that knockout punch to end things in their favor and end things fast. True, the knockout punch is a tool that every fighter should have in their repertoire. It can be used as intimidation and insurance.

But before we get into the details on what makes a knockout punch, we must first understand the anatomy of the knockout.

What is a Knockout? How does it happen?

Ok, I am not a scientist or some medical guy but I know a lot about this phenomenon called the knockout. Through research, experimentation and painful experience, I have gained enough knockout knowledge and will express it here in very simple terms.

A knockout is something that occurs after a physical blow which renders a person on the receiving end immobilized or disoriented. Although not necessary, a knockout often implies unconsciousness. Therefore, any kind of hit to any part of a body that stops an opponent from doing functional movements for a relative amount of time is considered as a knockout. A body punch can knock the wind out of you; a roundhouse kick to the face can make you see stars.

However, this article will specifically talk about the knockout punch and to be more exact, a knockout punch to the head. When your head is hit with a punch, the brain floating in your skull absorbs the impact. The more powerful, unexpected, and accurate the punch… the more devastating the knockout will become.

Back to the brain… This floating organ in our head is like a rodeo cowboy and goes with flow whichever direction our head goes. A sudden powerful hit will jerk your head so violently that the floating brain will bounce around in the skull hitting the bony walls. This is what you call trauma and it will make the nerves all over your body go in an electrical haywire. In effect, your body will go limp or may sometimes do uncontrollable jerky movements and in many cases, you will be out only to wake up with a mammoth headache.

How to execute a Knockout Punch

The knockout punch requires three elements – Power, Accuracy, and Surprise. These three can actually overlap each other as you can knockout punch someone with raw power alone even when you did not hit the opponent on the “button”. The same goes with accuracy; you can hit someone with less power but can still produce a knockout if you land accurately on the sweet spot. You can also knockout an opponent when you caught him completely surprised.


This element is vital and when you can deliver lots of it, you are a fearsome creature inside and outside of the ring. Fighters with innate power to deliver knockout punches have what they call the “puncher’s chance”. They are capable of winning fights even when dominated because once they catch you with a clean shot at any point, you’ll get knocked out cold.

Some fighters are naturally vicious punchers and some aren’t. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t improve it. The power of the knockout punch comes from the push and pivot of the feet, linking through the twist of the torso, to turn of the shoulder, and ends with the contribution of the arm muscles. It is the coordination of the whole body that gives power to the punch. Body mass do count due to the momentum. But if you do not have the coordination, you cannot effectively pull off a knockout punch.

This is why we have weight classes in fighting sports, simply because a 200 pound guy with proper punching mechanics will produce more bone-crunching power than a fundamentally sound 130 pounder. Lower weights normally means less power but does not necessarily imply less knockouts because lighter fighters make it up with accuracy which leads us to our next point.


The “button”, “off-switch”, and “sweet spot” are terms given to the areas of the head that are very vulnerable for the knockout. If you are accurate in your punches and able to cleanly hit these spots, you can make your opponent take a premature nap. These so-called sweet spots are the chin, jaw, and the temple. A punch to the chin and jaw has more leverage therefore the head repositions more forcefully. A hit on the temple, on the other hand, disturbs your equilibrium.

The element of surprise is usually the main cause of sensational knockouts. A deceptive fighter capable of throwing punches at angles that cannot be seen is more likely to dish out potential knockout punches mainly because the opponent is not prepared to tense his neck and jaw muscles fast enough to receive the punch. The result is more violent snapping on the head, more brain trauma, and an express trip dreamland.

Now, if you are able to combine all the elements in a single knockout punch… that is something I’ve got to see!

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34 Response to 'How to Throw a Knockout Punch'

  1. tasty Said,'> April 1, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    This is a very well-written article. You explained the terminology quite well.

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  2. Anonymous Said,'> July 14, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    A punch the the chin is actually more effective because your chin has the least amount of tissue before it meets bone so a punch to the chin allows more energy from the punch to be transfered to the skull. Also the position of the chin in the skeletal structure of the head means that energy is more easily transfered into disturbing the brain then others areas you could hit around the head.


  3. Anonymous Said,'> November 4, 2010 at 9:27 AM



  4. Anonymous Said,'> December 7, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    thank u cause i need it incase i get into a fight.


  5. Anonymous Said,'> March 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    thanks it ws da best article on dis topic i hav read yet


  6. Anonymous Said,'> May 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    much thx,cuz these wannabe cholos follow me home and might need it


  7. Anonymous Said,'> June 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    It's really rude when people use the back jaw upper cut during supposed horseplay to get kicks because it causes a lot of damage, I would feel terrible and there is a good chance a recipient of my such connecting blow could die. Once hit with one of these one don't ask for more though. White, grey, and other soft tissue in the upper neck and lower head get damage, and there is potential for the worst kinds of fractures. Only fight like this in the ring or for self defense, not for backyard fights without equipment and not for demo at parties, Tks!


  8. Anonymous Said,'> June 26, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    There is a way of landing a knockout punch that was used more in the good 'ole Days of Boxing and is more efficient. It takes a good amount of practice and can even, with a jab, do damage or knock someone out. The technique is to land the blow as you step forward, twisting the body from the feet, through the hips and into the upper body. Do not land the fist When Your Foot is already on the ground. Land the blow just before the foot lands. Why??? Because, as you twist and bring the ENTIRE weight of the body forward it goes right into the fist, not sharing the power with the foot. Believe me. In the old days guys were tougher and really did damage with this technique.


  9. gajotap Said,'> June 29, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    I agree. If I remember correctly, I have read a book authored by an old school heavyweight champ (Joe Louis maybe), that classic boxers had a technique where they put much of their weight to the punch (usually the right overhand) as they "drop" step forward. It is a devastating KO punch that usually ends fight.


  10. Anonymous Said,'> July 30, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    There was this really fat man who bumped into me. When I asked if he was picking a fight, e just raised his arms and it was over. He smelled like a garbage dump. There are truly many ways to win a fight


  11. Anonymous Said,'> September 8, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    The book is Championship Fighting by the legendary world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey. Everyone should read it.


  12. Anonymous Said,'> October 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    It works, Your article is very accurate..


  13. Anonymous Said,'> November 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    This is a good technique, I used it earlier against this idiot who tried picking a fight with me, I upper-cutted him directly directly inbetween his jaws and he went down like a sack of potatos.


  14. Anonymous Said,'> November 30, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    Close elbows to the face are effective also


  15. Anonymous Said,'> December 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    yea i used this punch once that really tightened things up in the fight i was in. donkey punch babyyy!!!!!


  16. Anonymous Said,'> March 26, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    If you use a spinning elbow to someones jaw or even temple it is just as affective and guarenteed to put them on their ass! seen it myself and it always will catch them off guard if done correctly.


  17. Anonymous Said,'> September 18, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    For all of you to know where to aim, right under the ear or near under the ear by the chin. This is where most knockout punches accure and the most nerves or found there.


  18. Anonymous Said,'> November 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    For me its about angles, I have put people to sleep with various punches with varying amounts of power, its the ones you dont see coming that fk you up, eg my favourite one is a lead uppercut that if you have your opponent primed with hooks and crosses, knocks their roof in if you send it right up through the middle.


  19. Anonymous Said,'> March 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I was at school once, I was grade 8 and we started exams, but it was in the morning, and we were walking to this other class, and I walked second into the class, and I put my bag down, but my friend walked in unexpectedly and I accidently lifted up my arm and my elbow connected with his jaw and I knocked him the fuck out! Lol!


  20. Anonymous Said,'> September 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    All of your comments are great I was a boxer in the marine corps and I myself have retired 8 men and landed a fierce 240 knock outs and the best way is to twist, dip and land before your lead foot plants firmly on the ground, I love it and its the best feeling to see your opponent out cold early in a match. Love it love I it


  21. Anonymous Said,'> March 22, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    I knocked out a guy last night, I tried to avoid the fight as much as I could but snapped when he came running at me with a flower pot, it felt sooo good seeing him drop like a bag of potatoes. Of course I'm a lover not a fighter, but nobody said the lover cant fight, i put him in the recovery position and walked home


  22. Anonymous Said,'> May 14, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    On a serious topic this shit "floored" me laughing 😂


  23. THUY STRONG Said,'> June 25, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    OT: Nice, I found this very cool Manny Pacquiao Artwork that fits well in my living room. This awesome artwork makes me feel that Manny is just in my room :)


  24. Anonymous Said,'> September 12, 2015 at 3:28 AM

    Thank u now I will fuck a guy that is bulliying me he'll get what's commin to him I promise u that


  25.'> November 4, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Thanks, this kid has benn talking shit about me and Ive got a fight set up to settle things. I have no doubt that ill be loosing.


  26. Unknown Said,'> December 13, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Haha or a sack of bean sprouts


  27. Anonymous Said,'> December 30, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Justin, if you have no doubt that you will be losing, you will.
    You young guys who are reading this to deal with bullies and what not: usually win lose or draw, a bully doesn't want to mess with someone who they KNOW will FIGHT.
    I am one of these guys out there that people don't fuck with. Not because I am a knock out artist. They don't fuck with me cause I will fight at the drop of a hat and fear no man and pretend like I feel no pain. You win some, you lose some. Young guys: focus on learning how to fight in general, not throwing haymakers.
    This was a great article though.


  28.'> February 6, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    what about elbow punch to the chin, since elbow is huge bone i think with correct hit it could work might try it sometime


  29. Anonymous Said,'> April 4, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    George Foreman on Michael Moore.


  30. Unknown Said,'> May 13, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    What do u do if ur 5'5 and 105 and u wanna beat ur stepdads ass and he's 6'4 260 whats the best way to fight him need some tips can u knock someone out with a punch. To the back of the head?


  31. Foinni Said,'> June 19, 2016 at 7:10 PM



  32.'> December 17, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    You're just fucked.. sorry


  33. Anonymous Said,'> January 13, 2017 at 12:07 AM

    How to get power in your hand.


  34. Anonymous Said,'> March 14, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    Kick him in the balls, right jab to the throat, then left hook to the bottom of his chin


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