"Most know the who of it. Some know the when and where of it. But what interests me most and shows true knowledge is the "why" of it." The knockdown on display, leading to a subsequent TKO, comes at the hands of a pure fighter in Iran "The Blade" Barkley. The victim: Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns. The first two rounds would have lead one to believe they were witnessing a slaughter. Hearns controlled both rounds in violent fashion. With multiple cuts surrounding both eyes and lips Barkley came out determined in round 3. Hearns was known for carrying that left nice and low, like the old timers. Barkley, at distance, throws his jab while pushing left off of his rear foot. Hearns addresses the jab and pivots to stay on-line with Barkley, but "The Blade" was too sharp on this night, creating the small, necessary opening to turn the fight around. LATERAL MOVEMENT. Can not stress it enough. I know most trainers want their fighter to push in behind the jab but using it in combination with lateral movement can be just as lethal as exhibited here. While Hearns pivots he is unaware of the missile Iran is about to launch. The knockdown and following TKO came at 2:39 in the 3rd round. Three things. 1. The lateral movement combined with the jab. Textbook. 2. The straight right is hard to throw moving to your left as an orthodox fighter so Barkley, after gaining favorable positioning, "sticks" in place to give him a solid base to deliver the straight shot along with the second one on the way down, adding to the devastation. 3. Hearns was not tired and was a brilliant boxer, but one momentary lapse in judgement coupled with a monster like Iran can end a fight quickly. Note: this did not end the fight. Hearns did beat the count of Richard Steele only to be knocked through the ropes which I felt was unnecessary to show as he was already put away. Wish I had more room to elaborate because so much goes into just this little 10 second clip. Hope you enjoyed. Stay tuned as we dig deeper and deeper into the "Sweet Science."