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Boxing's Best Finishers of All Time

Updated on November 5, 2016

Power Punchers

Young and Old, George Foreman Packed A Punch. Big George is a two time heavyweight champion and he is also the oldest heavyweight champ in the sports history.
Young and Old, George Foreman Packed A Punch. Big George is a two time heavyweight champion and he is also the oldest heavyweight champ in the sports history. | Source
Felix Trinidad won titles in three weight classes. His left hook was one of the best in the business and it laid out many opponents.
Felix Trinidad won titles in three weight classes. His left hook was one of the best in the business and it laid out many opponents. | Source
Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns won titles in five weight classes and was a devastating puncher.
Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns won titles in five weight classes and was a devastating puncher. | Source
Julian "The Hawk" Jackson was a former Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight champion of the world.
Julian "The Hawk" Jackson was a former Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight champion of the world. | Source
Mike Tyson clocks Trever Berbick in route to becoming youngest Heavyweight Champion of the World
Mike Tyson clocks Trever Berbick in route to becoming youngest Heavyweight Champion of the World | Source
Earnie Shavers and Muhammad Ali on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Ali beat Shavers but he also said Shavers hit him harder than anyone ever has.
Earnie Shavers and Muhammad Ali on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Ali beat Shavers but he also said Shavers hit him harder than anyone ever has. | Source

Bombers of Boxing

This list isn't about who hits the hardest. This is a list of prizefighters who has the killer instinct to finish off their opponents when they are hurt.

1. Archie Moore: The Ole Mongoose has the record for the most knockouts in boxing history with 131. He has knockouts over Yvon Durelle twice, Honey boy King and BoBo Olson. Once he had you hurt the fight was usually over shortly thereafter. He was a place puncher and he set up knockout shots with both hands. Moore was most dangerous when he was hurt and he also had a tight defensive guard. Moore tossed knockout bombs with his left and right hand and he was able to hurt light heavyweights and heavyweights alike.

2. Julian Jackson: The Hawk has many fascinating knockouts but his best has got to be the 2nd round knockout over Terrible Terry Norris and the two fisted assault on England's Herol Graham. Jackson was an average boxer with limited footwork but his power has bailed him out on many occasions. Two fisted power especially in his right hand allowed Jackson time to set up his punches during long bouts.

3. George Foreman: Big George Knocked out Joe Frazier in 2 rounds to win the heavyweight crown and knocked out Ken Norton in 2 brutal rounds defending the belt. Also he knocked out Smokin Joe in 5 rounds in a rematch and at age 45 years old still had enough power to level Michael Moorer to regain his belt. Foreman had a ramrod left jab and a fight ending right hand. His uppercuts were devastating as well.

4. Tommy Hearns: The Motor city Cobra, Hearns knocked out Pipino Cuevas, Roberto Duran and many other top notch boxers with his horrific right hand. His great jab set up his hard combinations that also put Sugar Ray Leonard on his butt. Hearns knocked out boxers from welterweight to cruiserweight and he punched deadly in combination. Hearns used a jab that was as hard as some guys' right hand and he was very accurate with his power shots.

5. Felix Trinidad: Tito Trinidad was a bomber who was deadly with both fists especially the left hook. He finished off strong boxers by knockout such as: William Joppy, Maurice Blocker, Yori Boy Campas. Ricardo Mayorga and Fernando Vargas. Trinidad is the former welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight champion of the world.

6. Manny Pacquiao: Pacman hurt Ricky Hatton in the first round and never stopped till the Hitman was passed out on the canvas in the second round. He twice knocked out El Terrible Erik Morales and he T.K.O.'d Marco Antonio Barrera as well as he made Oscar De La Hoya quit on his stool and retire from the sport. Pacqiuao holds the record for holding titles in the most weight classes with 8.

7. Mike Tyson: Iron Mike Tyson was a brutal puncher who knocked out Trever Berbick in 2 rounds to become the youngest heavyweight Champion in boxing history. He knocked out Larry Holmes in 4 rounds and the undefeated Michael Spinks in 91 seconds. Tyson was a two fisted bomber and not only did he punch to the head and body but he did it in combinatipon. Against Tyson, if you get hurt it is over.

8. Rocky Marciano: The Rock retired with a record of 49-0 and 43 of those wins were stoppages. He knocked out Archie Moore, Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott twice. Marciano had limited skills but his stamina, will and incredible power has paid dividends for his marvelous career. Most of the time once you fell or started to wobble Marciano would open up full force and end matters.

9. Joe Louis: The Brown Bomber was an accurate, hard puncher. He knocked out 57 opponents in his 69 wins including knockouts over Max Baer, Max Schmeling, Jack Sharkey and Jimmy Braddock. Louis set up his dangerous blows with his powerful jab. Louis flattened his opponents not only with power in both hands but he was accurate, his jab is one of the best ever and he knew how to cut off the ring and wear his man down.

10. Sandy Saddler: Saddler was a former Featherweight and Jr. Lightweight Champion who knocked out Willie Pep three times out of four matches. He had a record of 144 wins, 16 losses, 2 draws and an astonishing 103 knockouts to his credit. Saddler had some substandard performances, even in his prime, during his career but he was always a threat because he had one hitter quitters in bot of his fists.

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George Foreman Knockouts

George Foreman's Best Knockouts

Big George had knockout power in both hands especially his pulverizing right hand.

1. George Foreman K.O. 2 Joe Frazier: Big George flattened Frazier with seven knock downs in two rounds to capture the world title.

2. George Foreman K.O. 5 Joe Frazier 2: Big George knocked out Frazier with ease again.

3. George Foreman K.O. 2 Ken Norton: Foreman knocked Norton down and almost through the canvas with four huge uppercuts.

4. George Foreman K.O. 10 Michael Moorer: Foreman became the oldest heavyweight champion in history when at 45 he laid Moorer out with a hard left- right combo.

5. George Foreman K.O. 2 Gerry Cooney: Big George rendered Cooney helpless with right hands, hooks and uppercuts.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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      Rob 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Fun hub. A lot of the greats on here. I remember the way Foreman manhandled Frazier in their first match. It was brutal!

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      Big George w a power hous with both hands. I also like when he he knocked Ken Norton down it looked like he through him he hit him so hard lol.

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