Difference between KO & TKO in Boxing?

Spread the love

Knockout in boxing is striking an opponent so that he cannot rise to continue fighting in a specified time and so loses the contest. In other words, ‘knockout’ means eliminating the opponent from the competition by using a fair strike when no more resistance power is left for him. Today in this post we will discuss some of the differences between KO & TKO in boxing.

Differences between KO and TKO in Boxing:

The difference between KO and TKO is a choice. In KO, the boxer down on the floor is given a chance to rise and back to fight. 

If he cannot rise before the referee counts to 10 he is declared knocked out and his opponent is declared the knockout winner. In TKO, a boxer is always entitled to these choices and withdraws himself from the fight.

In other words, the nature of KO is the boxer is physically unable to get to his feet by a count of ten but he does not want to yield to the opponent. He wishes to continue to fight but he cannot.

On the other hand, a TKO is a decision wherein the fight is stopped by the request of the boxer himself who is repeatedly getting beat up by the opponent. The referee would immediately stop the fight responding to the boxer’s request. Most of the time the boxer remains seated at the corner of the rope. His body language says he will not budge from the stool he is sitting on. In most instances, his men like the coach or the trainer, for him, request the referee to call off the fight. The referee also reserves the right to stop the fight when the need for TKO is necessary. 

The TKO decision is absolute submission to the opponent, although sacrificing reputation at least for the time being. If he insists on fighting despite the risk of serious injuries that could end his future career. Such a decision would be an injudicious act.  Because an alive and healthy person has chances to explore the possibilities of success in life. Life is invaluable.

    Technical knockout looks like a kind of shame often booed by the disappointed fans. Sometimes fans appear unforgiving and unkind to their favorite boxers when the latter needs the former’s emotional support. 

The topic is about a KO or TKO win or defeat of the two fighting boxers in the ring. There is no confusion about the concept of KO in boxing because people know that  ‘Knockout’ is an integral part of bouts.  It often happens in boxing matches. When two people start fighting with enormous energy there builds extreme tension between them. In such a situation, their patience begins to wear thin. Before losing any more energy they try to give their best to win the match.       

Sometimes unexpected things happen. The popular boxer might lose to the unpopular boxer by just a forceful punch or a straight jab or a 45-degree angled hook to the jaw or other massive blows you name it. These cause Knockouts if the beaten boxer fails to stand up before the referee counts to 10. 

The Technical Knockout is an active way to quit the fighting because he no longer bears the beat-up. There could be other reasons for giving up the ongoing fight. If he is constantly attacked by his strong rival and has no hope to fight back except to get him injured more and more then he chooses the decision of TKO. 

When KO is passive, TKO is an active way to give in to the fight. Because through the TKO method the boxer can directly or his coach can request the referee to stop the fight, conceding the defeat. Watching the plight of the boxer the referee is also entitled to stop the match right away. So the Technical Knockout is a privilege. A right is given to a fighter to withdraw from the fight the moment he is feeling unwell. Because he too is a human being. What good reputation when life is in danger.

 In the case of Technical Knockout, the referee might willingly or unintentionally take a controversial decision. It is an irony that he compassionately tdecidesTKO while the part of the knocked-out boxer believes that the referee favors the opponent to get him the knockout win.

Final Words:

Boxing is an extreme kind of combative sport. So they endure a lot of injuries. Some of the injuries cause long-lasting pain. If it repeats even the strongest fighter might suffer from permanent injuries and that might cost them his present profession by ending his career.

Leave a Comment