First Round Title Bout Knockouts

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Most of this information is courtesy of the March 1977 The Ring magazine, which reported that first round knockouts in title fights, in the so-called modern era, began with Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries April 6, 1900, when he stopped Jack Finnegan in Detroit, Michigan, (although Terry McGovern appears to have been the first). As of 1977, the KO leader was Joe Louis, with five. All are heavyweight bouts, except as noted.