“I guess I’m trying to figure out the opinions of other people who are familiar with him what their opinion is on why he seemed to have such an uncommon success with a single punch (right cross)–even though it is admittedly a power punch”.
The answer lies in who is doing the punching and who is getting hit. In a boxing/MMA match, you have 2 fit, trained and sober guys who know they’re in a fight banging away at each other. At the club door, you have a hard and sober doorman, who knows how to put them together, hitting a (usually) drunk and unsuspecting punter. Thompson’s “ask em a question first” technique meant they weren’t expecting the hit because they didn’t know they were already in a fight.
This is spot on. I was nearly put on my arse a few weeks back by a girl who has no fighting experience at all. She play punched me in the jaw, hard(harder than she meant to), when I wasn’t looking. I’ve had a fair few fights in the past decade or so, with some top fighters, and never been down. I was as close to going from her punch as I ever have been in the ring. The truest phrase in boxing is ‘IT’S THE PUNCH YOU DON’T SEE COMING THAT KNOCKS YOU OUT’. It is definitely possible that a guy like Thompson can consistently set up a situation where he is knocking guys out.
I offer this commentary knowing that all anyone takes from it will be that I got my arse kicked by an untrained girl. [/quote]
In a boxing match, Muay Thai fight, MMA fight, you have two fighters who are both fully aware that they are in a fight, and are fully dedicated to fighting the moment the bell rings. Hence they mentally and physically prepare themselves for being hit an thus it is a lot more difficult to knock them out (either to the head or the body).
In the types of situations that Thompson is referencing (basically sucker punches), the opponent will not be bracing for the punch, they will not have placed their cervical spine/chin in a position that will maximize stability and minimize the chances of the head/brain violently rotating or snapping back/to the side, and they will not have contracted the core muscles/compressed their rib cage to maximize protection of the vital organs against a body punch. This means that their reaction to getting hit by an unexpected punch will be very different and much more severe/dramatic than even the same person’s reaction in a mutual sparring match/fight.
I actually know several people who have had similar results as Thompson. A couple have true world class punching power, but others do not and still have managed to KO people with a single punch on numerous occasions by catching them by surprise and being accurate with their punch placement.
On the other hand, I know a few guys who have been hit full power (without warning) in the head with clubs or knight sticks (by some big guys) and had it barely phase them. So just know that there are all ends of the spectrum out there and if you choose to sucker punch someone, you’d better be prepared to escalate and/or throw down should it not KO them.