Richard Torrez leaves boxing world stunned after ‘terrifying’ KO

Sam Goodwin

·Sports Editor

Mon, 29 August 2022 at 1:54 am

Richard Torrez, pictured here knocking out Marco Antonio Canedo in just 43 seconds.
Richard Torrez knocked out Marco Antonio Canedo in just 43 seconds. Image: Getty/ESPN

Richard Torrez has sent the boxing world into meltdown after a frightening knockout of Marco Antonio Canedo after just 43 seconds on Sunday.

Torrez sent Canedo reeling into the ropes with a hard left hand, then followed it up with a left and right before the referee stepped in to end the fight in the opening minute.

He did manage to come to soon after and rolled onto his back, with medics offering assistance in the ring as Torrez looked on.

Canedo eventually sat up and seemed aware of his surroundings, but was transferred to a local hospital as a precaution.

Torrez improved his professional record to 3-0 with three knockouts after winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Richard Torrez, pictured here after knocking out Marco Antonio Canedo.
Richard Torrez looks on after knocking out Marco Antonio Canedo. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

“I am happy with the result, but my thoughts right now are with Canedo,” Torrez said afterwards.

“He’s a tough man, and I have the utmost respect for him. It happens to the best of us.”

Marco Antonio Canedo, pictured here receiving medical attention after being knocked out by Richard Torrez.
Marco Antonio Canedo receives medical attention after being knocked out by Richard Torrez. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

According to CompuBox, Torrez landed eight of 10 power punches he threw.

Boxing fans and commentators were left stunned by the frightening scenes and sent their well-wishes to Canedo.

“That was about as vicious KO I’ve seen in awhile. Canedo is on stool and coming around. Richard Torrez explosive with those shots,” Dan Rafael tweeted.

“Destructive combination. Four clean head shots and out face first. Absolutely brutal work.”

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