Boxing's Hardest Punchers of all Time
Legendary Knockout Artist in No Particular Order
1. George Foreman: Big George knocked out Ken Norton, Joe Frazier, Michael Moorer, Gerry Quarry and Oscar Bonavena during both of his great careers. He is a two time heavyweight champion who beat Frazier for his first Championship after winning Gold in the Olympics. In his second career he became the oldest heavyweight champion ever by knocking out Michael Moorer, who was undefeated, in ten rounds. He finished his career with a record of 76 wins, 5 losses and 68 knockouts, which tells you all you need to know about his power.
2. Julian Jackson: The Hawk had a career record of 55 wins, 6 losses and 49 of his wins have come by way of knockout. He was Junior Middleweight Champion for three years and a two time Middleweight Champion also. Hey scored a highlight reel knockout of Herol Graham and Terrible Terry Norris. His right hand was a one hitter quitter. The Hawk put all his body weight into his shots and always tried for the knockout. One time I recall Jackson knocking out an opponent with a right hand and as the boxer was falling Jackson pointed at him in the same motion after landing the shot. Classic.
3. Archie Moore: Moore holds the record for the most knockouts in boxing history with 131. Moore also had 185 wins, 23 losses and 10 draws. Among those he flattened were Lloyd Marshall, Cocoa Kid, Holman Williams and Harold Johnson.He held the Light Heavyweight title from 1952-1959. He used a cross arms defense which was later employed by George Foreman. Even when he moved up to heavyweight he found success by flooring then heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano.
4. Sugar Ray Robinson: Sugar Ray had 173 wins, 19 losses and 108 knockouts on his resume. Even as an amateur his power was special. As an amateur he was 85-0 with 69 knockouts. Among those he knocked out were: Fritzie Zivic, Jake La Motta, Randy Turpin, Rocky Graziano and Gene Fullmer. Robinson's speed and accuracy definitely contributed to his power as well as the way he put his body behind his hooks. Robinson could box but he never backed down from a toe to toe and with his speed and power that was usually bad for his rivals.
5. Sandy Saddler: Saddler was a deadly featherweight knockout artist. He knocked out Willie Pep in four rounds to win his championship, so he can crack. Look at this record. 144 Wins, 16 Losses, 103 Knockouts. Among his knockout victims were Flash Elorde, Pep (3 Times) Paddy Demarco and Lauro Salas. He usually had the height and reach advantage as a champion in the Featherweight and the Jr.Lightweight divisions.
6. Earnie Shavers: Heavyweight Shavers had a record of 74 wins, 14 losses and 68 knockouts. Shavers wobbled Muhammad Ali all over the ring and dropped and hurt Larry Holmes. As for his knockout victims they include: Jimmy Young, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton and Joe Bugner. The Acorn could punch with either fists and he has hurt and sometimes dropped and knocked out opponents with hooks, right hands, body shots and even hard, accurate jabs.
7. Mike Tyson: Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion ever and won the title with a second round knockout of Trever Berbick. He also knocked out Michael Spinks, Razor Rudduck and Larry Holmes.Iron Mike would swing for the fences with nearly every shot. Tyson had fearsome power in both hands, punched the body and head with precision and he used uppercuts and left and right hooks to near perfection.
8. Felix Trinidad: Tito Trinidad had one of the hardest left hooks in boxing history. Trinidad knocked out the undefeated duo of Fernando Vargas and Olympian David Reid and neither fighter was ever the same again. Trinidad also knocked out Maurice Blocker, Oba Carr and Yori Boy Campas while winning championships in the welterweight, jr. middleweight and middleweight divisions.
9. Tommy Hearns: The Hit Man won titles in 6 weight classes and was a devastating puncher. His overall record was 61 wins, 5 losses, 1 draw and 48 knockouts. Among his knockout victims were Pipino Cuevas, Roberto Doran, Dennis Andries, Andrew Maynard and Iran Barkley. Duran knocked out Ken Buchanon to win the 135 pound championship but could not handle the Hitman at 154. Hearns' bread and butter was his jab and his huge right hand which was deadly accurate.
10. Joe Louis: The Brown Bomber holds the record for the most title defenses with any weight class with 25 total defenses of the Championship. His record was 69 wins, 3 losses and 57 head turning knock outs. Among his knockout victims were: Primo Carnera, Max Baer, Max Schmeling, Jack Sharkey and Jersey Joe Walcott. The jab and right hand were fast, accurate and powerful.
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