The Longest Two KO Streaks: Carlos Zarate
Only a rare number of boxing stars have achieved exceptional knockout streaks of over 20 fights. Bantamweight wrecking machine Carlos Zarate is the only boxer to have been able to record two such streaks.
Zarate won his first 23 fights by stoppage. Following by a decision victory, he won by knocked out his next 28 opponents. During his second streak, he got the WBC bantamweight title and also won by knocked out Alfonso Zamora, who was also in the middle of achieving a 20-plus KO streak.
Zarate’s streak finished in appropriate fashion, against fellow knockout boxer Wilfredo Gomez, when Zarate decided to super bantamweight to challenge for the title. Between the two of them, Gomez and Zarate entered the combat with a combined record of 73-0-1 with 72 KOs. Eventually, Gomez prevailed, stopping and Zarate won in five.
The Oldest World Champion: Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins is the reigning WBA and IBF light heavyweight winner amd about to turn 50.
Hopkins is the oldest winner in boxing history, as well as the oldest professional athlete to compete at such a high level. Most elite professional boxers are made up their training schedule from mid-to-late 30s.
Hopkins’ longevity is critical to his disciplined training and conditioning over the last years, and to his style, which has eliminated the damage he has put out. But he’s also began claiming that he’s an “alien” lately, and perhaps there’s something to that.
We are about to ready to begin considering science-fiction explanations for Hopkins at this point.
Hopkins faces the ferocious WBO champion Sergey Kovalev in November which made it a dangerous fight for anybody, including the 49-year-old man. But if ever it were possible for a person that age to compete against a monster like Kovalev, Hopkins is the one.