At RXF 15 Bucharest MMA All Stars, on 15 December 2014, in Bucharest, Romania, heavyweights Robert Orbocea and Raul Sabou squared off, for six seconds. Sabou, seen in red fight shorts, lunged in with a ferocious left hook; it landed, and sweat flew from Orbocea's face.
Then Sabou dropped, insensate.
As Sabou lunged in, Orbocea edged back, and with his left arm extended awkwardly delivered a fist to the button. What looks at first like the result of a chin made of the finest, most fragile crystal, or maybe a partisan sniper in the audience, is actually part of an Eastern European boxing technique called Casting.
The original Phantom Punch took place on May 1965 in one of the hotspots for boxing worldwide - Lewiston, Maine. Muhammad Ali had a rematch with Sonny Liston, landing a right in the first that few saw land. Ali then stood over a prone Liston screaming at him to get up. You have seen the image.
After the fight, Ali said the strike was Jack Johnson’s secret Anchor
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