When performing a straigh punch (left or right) to the head what is the better target for maximise the chance of knockout ?
A knockout occurs when the brain bounces around the braincase. This movement causes injury which will lead to unconsciousness.
In order to have a high chance of knocking the person out, the best place to target is the chin. This is both a relatively soft target, compared to other parts of the skull, and is relatively easy to get to. Impact there creates a lever effect that creates a lot of brain movement, which means a high chance for knockout.
There is a reason that boxers refer to easily knocked out people as having "a glass jaw".
A "knock-out" is loss of consciousness due to the brain making contact with the skull. The brain is surrounded by fluid and, normally, does not make contact with the skull. That contact is a traumatic event and the body can shut down.
The easiest way to cause this response is to "hook" the side of the chin, making the skull turn faster than the brain can follow.
With a straight punch, and with the assumption that you are facing an opponent who has his hands down and is just waiting for you to hit them, I really can't think of a good knock-out target.
I'm not too fond of this question, you should never want to knock someone out. Not even with boxing gloves. Knocking someone out is always tricky, as a K.O. is a result from brains bouncing back and forth (or extreme pain, but then it'd be rather called 'passing out').
Be especially careful with the temple. It's known to be a good knock-out hitting spot, but hitting someone's temple can actually kill the person. Don't EVER hit it!
As a sidenote, this site is about martial arts. The thing about any martial art, is that it has some thought, philosophy and morals behind it, and one of those morals is that you don't do brutal things like deliberately K.O.'ing someone.
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