When Tenerife-based Nicky Cook attempted to regain his WBO world super featherweight title which he lost to Roman Martínez back in March 2009, his fight with champion Ricky Burns, the 93 seconds of the first round which was the length of the entire fight, was certainly bizarre.
- During that short period Burns floored Nicky three times with vicious right hooks to the body. The first one after only six seconds caught Nicky in the back and he went down on one knee in obvious pain. Burns was not at fault that the punch caught Nicky in the small of his back for he had turned into the punch, likewise a similar punch which floored Nicky a second time. However after viewing the round in slow motion I do believe that the third and final punch thrown by Burns was way past the border line permitted and thundered into Nickys back nearer the base of his spine than the side of his body. Not that it made much difference for the fight was more or less over before that stage.
Theres always been controversy in boxing regarding the fighter who has the record for the fastest knockout. However it all depends on how you define KO, for the late Nat Fleischer, the American boxing historian, always insisted that it should be classed as a KO when a boxer has been stopped through the action of a referee, because of an injury or any cause other than fouling. But British boxing historian Gilbert Odd held a different view and in Great Britain and the rest of Europe when a boxer retires his record would be marked RET or RSF when the referee has stopped a fight. It is generally accepted that the fastest KO on record took place in the USA in 1946 when Al Couture kayoed Ralph Walton in 10½ seconds which seems impossible, but apparently Couture was half way across the ring when the bell sounded and belted Walton as he was still adjusting his gum-shield. Yet if you accepted Nat Fleishers definition the two fastest KOs on record are two that didnt involve a full count. In Brisbane, Australia, in 1991, Paul Rees stopped Charlie Hansen in just five seconds. The fighters had exchanged only one set of punches when Hansen complained of double vision to the referee who stopped the fight immediately. A ringside doctor diagnosed Hansen as suffering a scratched eyeball. Three years later Ever Beleno of Columbia dashed across the ring at the first bell and put Guillermo Salcedo on the canvas flat out with his first punch and the referee immediately stopped the fight with only five seconds on the clock.
So Ricky Burns 93 seconds stoppage of Nicky Cook is some way off the record, and that first round was very unusual to say the least. It was a sad sight to see Nicky carried out of the ring on a stretcher in so much pain and taken to hospital where apparently he was diagnosed as having a prolapsed disc.
Whether he carries on in the boxing game is up to him to decide. But he must be proud of his achievement of having held titles as British, European, Commonwealth and World levels. We look forward to welcoming Nicky back to Tenerife soon, when he will be opening up his boxing themed bar to be called Ringside in the south of the island. We wish him the best of luck in his new venture.