From Heavyweight To Flyweight - Today’s Eight Hardest Punchers
31.05.07 - By James Slater: Everyone loves a big puncher. We boxing fans may appreciate a super-stylish boxer, but a huge, all-out aggression minded banger is something we can admire in an altogether different way. There is nothing like a spectacular KO, the site of one man completely and utterly mastering another by way of a single, crushing blow.
Article posted on 31.05.2007
It can happen any second at all when two brave gladiators are in the ring, and both they and us know this all too well. Yet when a recognized puncher, a man known for his ability at landing lots of lethal punches throughout his career is in the ring, this possibility is much more likely. That’s why, as a general rule of thumb, history’s big punchers have been the biggest money earners/fan favorites. We simply love to see knockouts!
In this article, I give my eight choices for the best punchers in the game today. Why eight choices? Because, in a little touch of daydreaming, I’m going back in time to when there were only eight weight classes in the sport. In other words, the good - non alphabet organization, multi-title, ultra-confusing - old days. From heavyweight to flyweight. Here are my choices for today’s hardest hitters.
Heavyweight: Samuel Peter: KO’s Scored In career: 22. Most eye-catching KO: KO 2 Jeremy Williams
Light-heavyweight: Antonio Tarver: KO’s scored In career: 18. Most Eye-catching KO: KO 2 Roy Jones Junior
Middleweight: Kelly Pavlik: KO’s scored In career: 28. Most Eye-catching KO: KO 7 Edison Miranda
Welterweight: Paul Williams: KO’s Scored In career: 24. Most eye-catching KO: KO 4 Sharmba Mitchell
Lightweight: Michael Katsidis: KO’s Scored In career: 20. Most eye-catching KO: KO 5 Graham Earl (actually a retirement by Earl’s corner, but Katsidis’ punching power was truly responsible)
Featherweight: Choi Tseveenpurev: KO’s Scored In Career: 17. Most eye-catching KO: KO 3 David Kiilu
Bantamweight: Jhonny Gonzalez: KO’s Scored In Career: 29. Most Eye-catching KO: KO 8 Mark Johnson
Flyweight: Vic Darchinyan: KO’s Scored In Career: 22 Most Eye-catching KO: KO 8 Luis Maldonado
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