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A knockout occurs when an boxer is knocked down by his opponent or otherwise is down and the referee reaches the count of ten before the boxer is back on his feet. In record keeping this type of knockout is sometimes referred to as a Count Out or CO. If the three knockdown rule is in effect and a fighter is knocked down three times in one round the opposing fighter is awarded a victory by knockout. A knockout may also occur if a boxer falls through the ropes and cannot get back into the ring and on his feet by the count of 20.

See also technical knockout and retirement.