Difference Between TKO and KO (With Table)

Boxing is a well-known combat sport, it is also termed as “Pugilism”. During the match in a boxing event, two people or fighters compete with each other, they use their fists to fight. The match continues till one of the players becomes incapable of defending themselves due to some injury or loss of energy. The fighters and the game is supervised by the referee.

TKO vs KO

The difference between TKO and KO is that TKO stands for Technical Knockout and it happens when the fighter is unable to fight back by the referee within the stipulated time even if conscious, it can happen because of an injury or pain or after being hit repeatedly while KO stands for Knockout and it happens when the fighter falls unconscious, it may happen due to a hard punch or a knockdown.

The match tends to stop in two conditions that are named as TKO or Technical Knockout and KO or Knockout. A TKO or technical knockout is when one of the fighters is not able to go on in the match, he is neither able to defend himself nor he can get up. A knockout is when one of the fighters falls unconscious and he doesn’t get up before the count of ten ends. 

Comparison Table Between TKO and KO

Parameter of ComparisonTKOKO
Stands for It stands for Technical Knockout.It stands for Knockout.
What does it mean?Technical Knockout means that the fighter is unable to fight back even though he is conscious.A knockout means that the fighter is unconscious and does not react in the stipulated time.
Happens due to A technical knockout can happen because of an injury or pain from repeatedly being hit by the opponent.A knockout can happen because of a hard punch or a knockdown.
Consciousness In a technical knockout, the player doesn’t fall unconscious but he is unable to fight back, which means that he is not conscious in true senses.In the case of a knockout, the fighter falls unconscious.
Interference by refereeIn the case of a technical knockout, the referee steps in to stop the fight when the player is not fighting back.In the case of a knockout, the referee counts up to 10 and if a player doesn’t fight back till then, the referee stops the match.

What is TKO?

TKO is abbreviated for Technical Knockout. A technical knockout means that the fighter is incapable of fighting further even though he is conscious. In other words, a knockout can be termed as technical knockout if the fighter has the capacity to fight back but his will is not allowing him to fight back.

A TKO or technical knockout can happen either when the player is injured or when he is suffering from severe pain after being hit several times by the opponent. In a technical knockout, the player is not unconscious but he is also not conscious in true senses.

In the case of a technical knockout, the referee steps in to stop the fight when he sees that the other fighter is not fighting back. The player still fighting is declared as the winner of the match, so it can be said that the winner is declared only to prevent the other player from further injuries.

What is KO?

KO is abbreviated for Knockout. A knockout means that the fighter has become unconscious and he can not further fight. It means that the fighter has lost all his strength and consciousness in front of the other fighter.

A KO or knockout can happen if a fighter has been punched very hard or has been knocked down by the opponent. In case of a knockout, one of the players is completely unconscious.

In case of a knockout,  the referee counts from one to ten and if the unconscious player does not respond in that time, then the other player is declared as the winner.

Main Differences Between TKO and KO

  1. TKO stands for Technical Knockout while KO stands for Knockout.
  2. TKO or Technical Knockout means that the fighter is not able to fight back even if he is conscious, on the other hand, KO or Knockout means that the fighter is unconscious and thus he is not capable of carrying the game forward.
  3. A technical knockout or TKO can happen because of an injury or pain from being repeatedly hit by the opponent, on the other hand, a knockout can happen because of a hard punch or knockdown by the opponent.
  4. In case of a technical knockout or TKO, a player does not fall unconscious but since he is not capable of fighting back, therefore, he is said to be not conscious in a true sense, on the other hand, in case of a knockout or KO, one of the player falls unconscious.
  5. In case of a technical knockout or TKO, the referee interferes only if the player is not fighting back or defending himself, on the other hand, in case of a knockout,  the referee interferes to stop the match if the fighter is not responding after his ten counts.
  6. A player is declared as the winner in a technical knockout if the opponent is not defending or fighting back, on the other hand, a player is declared as the winner after the referee finishes his ten counts.

Conclusion

Whether a fighter defeats the opponent either by a technical knockout or by a knockout, the ultimate goal is to win the game. The referee interferes to stop the fight only when he thinks that the weaker player is under threat, after some time he declares the strong player as the winner.

References

  1. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00913847.1988.11709407
  2. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00913847.1996.11947957
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