“Being hit by Joe Louis. It’s like someone jammed an electric light bulb in your face, and busted it. I thought half my head was blowed off… When he knocked me down. I could have stayed there for three weeks said James J. Braddock” (http://legendsboxing.net/fighters.htm). It is intimidating to fight someone that is an extremely hard hitter. Knockout artists end most of their boxing matches with ferocious punches that demolish their opponent. Boxing fans love knockout artists because their fights are exciting to watch. There have been great power punchers in the history of boxing. However, who are currently the best punchers in boxing?
#5 Alfredo Angulo
Alfredo Angulo is a ferocious puncher. It was November 7th, 2009 in Hartford, CT. Alfredo Angulo was boxing Harry Joe Yorgey. Alfredo Angulo at one minute into the third round hit Harry Joe Yorgey with a ferocious right left combination that knocked him out cold. He is a true knockout artist. He has knockouts in all of his wins since 2006. His only setback was his lost to Kermit Cintron in 2009. He has a hunt seek and destroy style of fighting. He is a pressure fighter that attacks his opponent once the bell rings. He has a knockout ratio of 80% (boxrec.com/list_bouts).
#4 David Haye
David Haye is a powerful puncher. For instance, March 8th, 2008 he knocked out former crusierweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli. He hit Enzo Maccarinelli with a ferocious right hand a minute into the second round. Then, he followed up with two left hooks. David Haye kept punching him until the referee John Keane waved the fight over. He has brought his knockout abilities from cruiserweight to heavyweight. David Haye is still winning fights by knockouts. He has a good combination of punching power and hand speed. He has the hand speed to beat his opponents to the punch. Speed does equal power. He is a knockout artist. David Haye has a knockout ratio of 88% (boxrec.com/list_bouts).
#3 Arthur Abraham
Arthur Abraham is a vicious puncher. He is one of the pound for pound hardest hitters in boxing. He has brought his punching power up from middleweight to the super middleweight division.
He has knockout victories over Edison Miranda and Jermain Taylor at super middleweight. He has one-punch knockout power. He knocked out Elvin Ayala and Khoren Gevor with crushing left hooks. Arthur Abraham uses his ferocious punches to put his opponents under a tremendous amount of pressure. He takes his time in the ring. He studies his opponent’s style before he unloads his powerful punches on his opponent. He does not throw a lot of punches. However, the punches he throws truly have a big impact. Arthur Abraham has a knockout ratio of 78% (boxrec.com/list_bouts).
#2 David Tua
David Tua is not the best heavyweight boxer. However, he is an extremely hard hitter. He has one of the most devastating left hooks in boxing. He is an aggressive fighter. He ends most of his fights quickly. He has won twenty-nine of his fights without going to the 4th round. He ranks second in most opponents knocked down in the first round. Mike Tyson is ranked first. He has had two fights last less than thirty seconds. He knocked out Michael Moorer in thirty seconds and floored John Ruiz in nineteen seconds. He was also named the 48th greatest puncher in Ring Magazine’s 100 greatest punchers of all-time. He has a knockout ratio of 77% (boxrec.com/list_bouts)
#1 Wladimir Klitschko
Wladimir Klitschko safety first boxing style is deceiving. He could be a one-punch knockout artist if he was a more aggressive fighter. Likewise, he was a pure knockout artist earlier in his career. But, he changed his boxing style to be a better defensive fighter. However, he still is one of the best punchers in boxing. Wladimir Klitschko has excellent power in his left and right hand. His left hook is a vicious punch. He gets good leverage on his punches because of his height. Wladimir Klitschko has a powerful jab that sets up his hardest punches. Equally important, he has the power to stop fights with one punch. To illustrate, November 11th, 2006 Wladimir Klitschko hit Calvin Brock with a crushing one-two combination that dropped Calvin Brock face first onto the canvas. It was a loud thudding shot that could be heard echoing throughout the entire arena. He has a knockout ratio of 84% (boxrec.com/list_bouts).
These are the best punchers in boxing. They will always have a puncher’s chance in their fights. Many fans are drawn to watch the knockout artists because the knockout is one of the most exciting plays in all sports. It rivals home runs, penalty shots, and slam dunks. The best punchers will continue to create electrifying moments in boxing.
Edison Miranda is a huge puncher. His third round knockout over David Banks in 2008 was ESPN’s knockout of the year.
Shane Mosley knocked out Antonio Margarito who has a granite chin. He nearly knocked out arguably the best boxer in the world Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Manny Pacquiao combines tremendous punching power with great hand speed. He is an explosive fighter that has brought his power up to the welterweight division.
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