Re: Johnson Ketchel knockdown set up fake
It doesnt look fake. However the quality of the video is terrible, so it can make the fake impression that the punch didnt land. Johnson saw the punch coming and tried to lean right to avoid being hit with the 100% power of the punch. Johnson is definitely wobbled after the punch. It would be pretty stupid to agree to risk of taking the powerful punch of Ketchel only to sell the 2nd fight better. I read recently, that Johnson later admitted that the punch thrown by Ketchel was the heaviest punch he (Johnson) was ever hit. He also stated that after the punch he hit Ketchel just few seconds later, he thought he killed Ketchel.
By the way, some time ago, people used to think that the punch known as "phantom punch" Ali hit Liston also was a fake punch. But now, there is on a YT a HD slo-mo of this punch, and it was legit and looks really devastating. If we had such a good video of Ketchel-Johnson, there wouldnt be any conspiracy theories about the punch.