Referee struggles to hold boxer up after he is KO’d in unique team boxing format

In the world of boxing, nothing quite matches the excitement of a good knockout. Team Combat League boxing may have its own set of rules and an unusual format, but the thrill of a well-executed KO is still present.

Lightweight boxers Marcel Davidson and Sherbek Rakhmatulloev recently faced off against each other in a Team Combat League match. Davidson emerged victorious in a particularly surprising fashion, delivering a strong left hand that immediately knocked out his opponent.

Rakhmatulloev fell to the canvas but boldly made an effort to get up again. However, the referee held him and stopped the match. Rakhmatulloev was still disoriented and fell to his knees once more, almost taking the referee down with him.

Unique ruleset

As per their website:

“Our competitions employ a unique and exclusive point scoring system. Every match is 18 rounds (3 minutes each) of nonstop action with approximately 1 minute between each round. After the first 12 rounds, there is a 10 minute half-time.

Teams compete across six weight categories; five male and one female. There are 3 Judges. Each round is scored individually. 3 points are awarded for unanimous decisions, while a split decision would be 2 points for the winner of the round’s team and 1 point to the loser. Additional points are awarded for each judged knockdown with a maximum of 6 points for a round stoppage. At the conclusion of the 24 rounds, the team with the most points wins.”

This KO occurred in the 14th round of an 18-round bout in the unique Team Combat League format.

Two teams of 18 competitors each compete against each other, with boxers rotating each round. The scoring system also differs from traditional boxing as competitors receive three points each round based on winning, with additional points given for knockdowns and stoppages.

Davidson’s knockout win helped his team ‘Atlanta Attack’ defeat the ‘New York Attitude’.

The incident was shared by Team Combat League. Fans were impressed by the amazing display of knockout skills.

Even former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi was impressed with Davidson’s performance. He praised the boxer’s stoppage win, stating that it was impressive.

He commented on Instagram: “What’s impressive about this is that he just knocked out the best fighter on the last undefeated team left in the league. And it helped produce their first L of the season.”