When welterweight boxers Bob Roberts of Nigeria and Teddy Barker of England clashed in Maesteg, Wales, it turned out to be a very brief encounter.
No sooner had the bell sounded than Roberts shot out of his corner. As Barker came in, Roberts swung a wild right. Barker ducked and came up with a short right that found its mark on Roberts’ chin.
Roberts went down, but he got up almost immediately. However, the referee saw that Roberts was completely dazed–in boxing jargon, he was “out on his feet.” The referee stopped the bout and awarded it to Barker on a technical knockout.
From the opening bell to the end of hostilities, only 10 seconds had passed. It was the shortest fight on record.
From The Giant Book of More Strange But True Sports Stories by Howard Liss. Illustrations by Joe Mathieu.