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Boxing's Best Body Puncher's of All Time

Updated on January 15, 2016

Kill The Body and the Head will Die

J. C. Superstar on a Ringlords boxing card Vol. 1 First Edition. He had a devastating left hook to the body that he used to absolute perfection.
J. C. Superstar on a Ringlords boxing card Vol. 1 First Edition. He had a devastating left hook to the body that he used to absolute perfection. | Source
Henry Armstromg holds the record for the most defenses of the 147 pound championship.
Henry Armstromg holds the record for the most defenses of the 147 pound championship. | Source
Rocky Marciano knocked out Joe Louis to become the number one contender in the heavyweight division.
Rocky Marciano knocked out Joe Louis to become the number one contender in the heavyweight division. | Source
Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in three rounds to become heavyweight champion of the world.
Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in three rounds to become heavyweight champion of the world. | Source

Lethal Body Punchers

1. Henry Armstrong: Homicide Hank retired with a record of 150-21-10 with 101 knockout wins. He was a whirlwind fighter that threw a constant barrage of punches to the head and body. He has knocked out over 20 boxers with body shots.Armstrong worked his opponents over to the head, body and arms. His attack was non stop from the first round through the fifteenth. Armstrong is considered one of the best welterweights in history and he also won championships in the featherweight and lightweight divisions.

2. Julio Cesar Chavez: J.C. Superstar relied on a brutal body attack, especially the left hook to wear down his opponents before scoring late round knockouts in many of his biggest matches. His final ring record was 108-6-2 with 87 stoppage wins. Chavez invested so many shots downstairs that his opponents seemed out of gas by the championship rounds. Chavez won titles as a junior lightweight, lightweight and a junior welterweight during his prime. Not only was his body blows brutal but he possessed an iron chin and iron will as well.

3. Sam Langford: The Boston Terror is universally known as the best boxer that never won a Championship and he is also one of the hardest punchers in the fight games history. His resume reads 178-32-40 with 129 knockouts victims to his credit. He invented the term, Kill the body and the head will die. He was proffecient with right hooks to the body. Then again he was excellent with hooks to both sides of the body and his jab. which was powerful as well, was a thing of beauty.

4. Rocky Marciano: The Rock retired undefeated with a fantastic record of 49-0 with 43 crushing knockouts. He sometimes would be out boxed early in a fight while he worked the body only to come back to the head after he wore them out with a withering onslaught to his opponents body and arms. Just ask Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott. He sapped his opponents strength and stamina by banging with rights and lefts to the rib cage. Marciano was a terrific puncher and his attack was up and downstairs.

5. Bob Fitzsimmons: Ruby Robert was a former middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of the world. His ring record reads 68-8-4 with 59 stoppages and he is credited with inventing the Solar Plexus punch. He would time body shots when his opponent rushed in and this technique accounted for more than half his total K.O. wins.Duran was a four division champion and one of if not the best lightweights in boxing history. His final record reads 103-16 with 70 brutal stoppages. His reign of terror as a lightweight was due mostly to his committed body shots. Hands of stone would get you on the ropes and start with the body then he would finish off upstairs. Sugar Ray Leonard said that Duran was the only boxer to ever hurt him with body punches.

7. Alexis Arguello: The Explosive Thin Man compiled a great Hall of fame record reading 82-8 with 65 big knockouts wins on his ledger. He was famous for throwing 5 and 6 punch combinations that started at the body, moved to the head and back to the body again all in the same sequence. Arguello started everything with his long, stiff stick and went from there. Body punching is part of his game inside the ropes.

8. Joe Frazier: Frazier was an Olympic gold medalist and the former heavyweight champion who finished his career with a resume of 32-4-1 with 27 destructive knockouts. He is known for his double left hook to the head and body. Frazier liked to throw single blows to the body to make his adversaries drop their hands so he can finish to the cranium. Frazier never relented and worked over the body from the first round to the final bell with proper results.

9. Jake La Motta: The Bronx Bull is a former middleweight champion who beat Sugar Ray Robinson in his prime and his record is 83-19-4 with 30 stoppage wins. Although he was not a k.o. puncher, his body attack always made his opponents drop their hands for him to then pounce. La Motta had a solid jab and he was good at cutting off the ring and his body work usually slowed his foes down in the late heats.

10. Pernell Whitaker: Sweet Pea is one of the best defensive boxers ever and his offense was wizardry as well. Especially his south paw jab and his big body shots which he churned out from all angles. He won crowns in 4 weight classes and his final resume was 40-4-1 with 17 knockouts among his wins. Whitaker threw jabs and hooks to the body and he would do so from the inside and from the outside. Whitaker was faster than his opponents but his inside attack to the ribs made his opponents were even slower.

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Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard

Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard fought three times inside the squared circle with Leonard winning twice.
Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard fought three times inside the squared circle with Leonard winning twice. | Source

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Birthplace of Julio Cesr Chavez

Body Punching Effects

Body punching will wear your opponent down. It will make his punches slower and weaker late in a bout. Also, it's very possible to score a knockout with a well placed shot to the body.

Mickey Wards Bruising Body Attack

Great Body Shots

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    • Paul Kuehn profile image

      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Leslie,

      This is a very interesting hub. I remember Rocky Marciano when I was a kid in the 50s. You can't forget about Rocky Balboa in the movies. Just ask Apollo Creed! Voted up and sharing and pinning.

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      BLACKANDGOLDJACK 4 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      The best body shot I ever saw I'd say was when Bernard Hopkins knocked out Oscar De La Hoya with one in a title fight.

      Those others you mentioned I remember well like Chavez, Duran, Arguello, and Frazier and yes they were great body punchers.

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      Fazzer Sports 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Outstanding list! I will also always remember Roy Jones body shot against Virgil hill...

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