Leigh Wood’s triumph over Xu Can was just the latest in a long line of bouts that saw their most dramatic moments in the final round
- Julio Cesar Chavez versus Meldrick Taylor
Chavez was the biggest of all last-lap knockout wins, coming from behind. He had two out of three scorecards on the ring when he managed to choke and stop the light-footed Taylor with just two seconds to go in their 1990 thriller.
- Jake LaMotta versus Laurent Dauthuille II
Dauthuille had beaten LaMotta once and seemed on the way to repeating the trick in September 1950, only for LaMotta, 13 seconds behind on lap 15, to turn everything around this time and stop the Frenchman.
- Mike Weaver versus John Tate
In one of the last 15-round heavyweight title bouts of all time, the giant underdog Weaver, who made it to the finals on all three scorecards, beat Tate, the WBA heavyweight belt holder, less than a minute before they met in 1980.
- Carl Froch versus Jermain Taylor
Froch knew he had to produce something special to keep his WBC super middleweight title against Jermain Taylor, and that’s exactly what he did by trapping Taylor and him 14 seconds to go on the final round of hers The 2009 fight stopped.
- Chris Eubank versus Michael Watson II
The Eubank vs. Watson II fight in 1991 remains a British classic soured from its tragic ending, largely due to the way Eubank rallied to stop Watson in the very last round.
- Felix Trinidad versus Fernando Vargas
Puerto Rican superstar ‘Tito’ Trinidad waged all-out war with Fernando Vargas in December 2000, trading knockdowns with the brave Mexican-American before closing the show in round 12.
- Bernard Hopkins versus Felix Trinidad
Hopkins was not satisfied with setting up a master class, but instead sealed what was arguably the best win of his career by stopping Trinidad in the 12th round of their 2001 middleweight bout.
- Shannon Briggs versus Siarhei Liakhovich
Briggs’ come-from-behind knockout from Liakhovich in the final blows of her 2006 heavyweight scrap bout has pumped life into a career many believed was dead.
- Shane Mosley versus Ricardo Mayorga I
Shane Mosley was just ahead on the 12th round scorecards and found an extra gear to take the score out of the judges’ hands and stop Ricardo Mayorga by a second in their 2008 bout.
- James Toney versus Charles Williams
Although Toney could barely see with his left eye as he went into the 12th round of his bout against Williams in 1994, he finished it off with a stunning jab-cross combo.