Sunday, January 01, 2017

1.8 Second KO: Fastest Knockout In Kickboxing History

Although there is little that tells us less about a pair of fighters than a quick knock out, few occurrences in combat sports conjour up the same excitement. Kickboxing has had its fair share of fast finishes, with none quicker than Australian striker Ian Jacobs’ shocking stoppage win at Tarik Solak’s A-1 8 man eliminator tournament in 2009.

Jacobs catches his opponent clean less than two seconds into the bout, spearing his man with a switching push kick to the body. Despite it being extremely rare to see fight end by way of this technique, the push kick folds Jacobs’ unfortunate opponent who is left on the canvas clutching his body in the moments following the Australian legend’s career defining performance.

One of the greatest Australian kickboxers ever, the now retired Jacobs is a lifelong martial artist who currently works as a martial arts trainer, motivational speaker and international bodyguard.

The fastest KO in kickboxing history
The fastest KO in kickboxing history

“From the age of six, Ian knew, claimed and set his first life goal to be Champion of the World. Studying almost every style of combat over many years, he devoting his life to this quest and stepped out of the ring voted Pound for Pound Australia’s greatest kickboxer of all time and an undisputed World Champion. In Ian’s comeback fight in 2009 he set a new world record for the fastest KO in history 1.8 seconds.”

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Jacobs’ website lists his numerous career accomplishments:


Undisputed Triple World Champion Kickboxing & Thai Boxing
World – W.K.A Champion
World – Intercontinental W.K.A champion
World I.S.K.A Champion
10 x state, national & international titles


World’s fastest KO 1.8 seconds on the 11.11.2009


1996 – I.K Hall of Fame
2008 – I.S.K.A Hall of Fame
2013 – Qld. Muay Thai Hall of Fame

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