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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

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PIC-AGUILAR, M.; SANCHEZ-LOPEZ, C.R.  and  BLANCO-VILLASENOR, A.. Characterization of "Knockout" in Boxing. CPD [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.1, pp.85-94. ISSN 1989-5879.

The objective of this work is to identify the last four motor actions (punches) made by heavyweight world champion boxers, in an attempt to characterize how "Knock out" is achieved in this sport. An observation tool consisting of four criteria and 35 categories was devised. The two requirements for sampling are: that the subject was the world heavyweight champion some time between 1921-2007 (Jack Dempsey to Ruslan Chagaev) and that digital images are available for analysis. Data were obtained about the motor actions preceding the end of the fight, studying the last four punches delivered by the winner. The results show that the "Knock out" in boxing is in most cases due to certain types of punches being used by the contenders, with significant differences being recorded.

Keywords : boxing; Knock out; punches; observational methodology; praxiology.

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