Think you know it all when it comes to boxing’s heaviest hitters? Have a look at this list of the Top 10 Hardest Punchers in Boxing. The results may just surprise you!
10) ALI RAYMI (21-0, 21 KO). MINIMUMWEIGHT. 100% KO RATE.
If I told you a fighter was 21-0 with 21 first-round knockouts against undefeated fighters, would you be impressed? What if I told you that only one of those fighters had more than 9 pro fights? Not as impressive. Any time a guy has a record like Raymi, it raises questions. Thus far, he has beaten everyone put in front of him with ease, but at 40 years of age fighting at a very low weight, it is difficult to gage exactly what Raymi is. For now, he appears to hit hard, and is a necessary inclusion on this list.
9) ADONIS STEVENSON (24-1, 20 KO). LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT. 80% KO RATE.
The Canadian southpaw has a lot of power in his left, and used that power to obliterate Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KO) in one round for the lineal light heavyweight champion. Adonis seems more concerned with making money than taking on the best available opposition, but his power is undeniable. Even in his fights that have gone the distance, Stevenson has usually managed to at least hurt the other fighter.
8) WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO (62-3, 52 KO). HEAVYWEIGHT. 80% KO RATE.
Klitschko has always been a safety-first fighter, which makes his high knockout rate even more impressive. He has a reputation of being boring, but he keeps knocking people out. Love him or hate him, Wladimir Klitshko has grenades for hands.
7) ROMAN GONZALEZ (39-0, 33 KO). FLYWEIGHT. 84.65% KO RATE.
“El Chocolatito” actually has a slightly higher KO percentage than number 6 on this list, but hasn’t face the same caliber of foes. Still, a flyweight knocking people out non-stop is irresistibly impressive. Unfortunately, fans have a tendency not to pay attention to lighter fighters, but Gonzalez is one the boxing world should definitely pay attention to.
6) LUCAS MATTHYSSE (35-3, 33 KO). LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT. 84.5% KO RATE.
“The Machine” has explosive power in both hands, and his relentless pressure often ends evenings early. Though he has come up short in his 3 biggest fights, all 3 have been highly controversial and undoubtedly competitive. The Argentine was recently compared to the legendary Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO), and while I personally don’t see much similarity, both men bring a lot of excitement to the squared circle.
5) DAVID HAYE (26-2, 24 KO). HEAVYWEIGHT. 85.77% KO RATE.
Though he came up short against Wladimir Klitschko, “The Hayemaker” is still one of the top fighters at heavyweight. A recent string of injuries has set Haye back, but his 2012 stoppage of the iron-chinned Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO) is impressive to say the least. The heavy-handed Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KO), who possessed an 87.23% KO rate, was unable to even dent Chisora’s chin, which speaks volumes about how hard Haye hits.
4) KEITH THURMAN (23-0, 21 KO). WELTERWEIGHT. 87.5% KO RATE.
“One Time” only needs to hit most guys one time before they’re done fighting for the night. This welterweight wrecking machine has put a beating on just about everyone he has faced. His last three fights have ended inside the distance, and have been against solid competitors like Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KO), Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-3), and Julio Diaz (40-10-1, 29 KO).
3) SERGEY KOVALEV (24-0-1, 22 KO). LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT. 88% KO RATE.
“Krusher”‘s record is impressive, but it is even more impressive when you consider that his one draw should have actually been considered a KO win. In a fair world, Sergey would be 25-0 with 23 KO, which would give him a 92% KO rate. Still, through no fault of his own, Kovalev has been not given the opportunities to fight some of the best in his division, so his KO rate comes with some question marks. Once he gets these opportunities, he may be able to move up even higher on this list. In a fight with Adonis Stevenson, I see Kovalev coming away with a knockout win. As long as the KOs keep piling up for the Russian, fans will keep tuning in.
2) GENNADY GOLOVKIN (30-0, 27 KO). MIDDLEWEIGHT. 90% KO RATE.
“GGG” has been lighting up the boxing world for the past few years with his vicious highlight-reel KOs. He has stopped his last 17 foes and has the highest KO rate in middleweight history. Golovkin is one of the most feared fighters on the planet and is looking better and better with each outing. Fighters like Peter Quillen (31-0, 22 KO) have been avoiding the stone hands of GGG for years. As Gennady’s fame continues to grow with each new opponent he dispatches, the demand for his peers to get over their fears and fight him will only grow. Watching Golovkin is like watching a young Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KO) in his prime; you are guaranteed to see a knockout. His home country of Kazakhstan has produced several quality boxers in the past decade, and GGG stands out above the rest.
1) DEONTAY WILDER (31-0, 31 KO). HEAVYWEIGHT. 100% KO RATE.
Deontay Wilder may be fairly untested as a professional, but there is no doubt that he packs a punch. Wilder, the U.S.’s only boxing medalist in 2008, has finished all 31 of his opponents, and only two of them have even made it to the fourth round. 18 of them failed to make it out of the first round. Perhaps the scariest aspect of Wilder’s power is the fact that he is able to drop opponents with seemingly grazing shots. With a championship bout with newly crowned WBC titlist Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO) looming for the fall, Wilder’s power will get its biggest audience yet. Stiverne has an 80.77% KO rate himself, so it is unlikely this fight will go the distance. Will the “Bronze Bomber” land one his trademark Bronze Bombs? If he does, it may be lights out for Stiverne, whose only loss was a 2007 knockout at the hands of Demetrius King (15-20, 13 KO), who possesses a KO rate of 37.14%. If Wilder is able to pull off the W, he will be a formidable opponent for heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko. The champ has a KO rate of 80%, but all three losses have come inside the distance. Wilder and Klitschko are both around 6’6″, and Deontay has an 83″ reach compared to Wladmir’s 81″. If this fight does happen, expect fireworks from the opening bell.
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