Who doesn’t love a good, crisp knockout? While skills win fights, fan attention and excitement is often based on one fighter’s ability to separate another from his senses.
Here’s a look at the 10 heaviest handed fighters in the sport today:
Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KOs)
Walking into a stiff jab from Klitschko is like running face-first into a light pole. Getting hit with the big right hand follow-up is like having that pole fall on top of you. Heavyweight champ since 2006, Wladimir is good enough to beat most opponents with just the threat of a solid shot.
Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs)
The elder Klitschko brother works the ring like a mobile statue, picking and pawing until the heavy-handed shots can get to the sweet spot on his opponent. More often then not, a Vitali foe winds up battered and broken by the latter part of the fight.
James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs)
Kirkland is no defensive stylist and may have some chin problems, but the Austin, Texas native is all war, all the time. Add some legitimately heavy hands to his dogged determination and you have, pound for pound, perhaps the fiercest American puncher since Mike Tyson.
Roman Gonzalez (32-0, 27 KOs)
One usually doesn’t associate junior flyweights with big-time power attacks, but Nicaragua’s “El Chocolatito” just may be the best all-around offensive fighter in the sport today. Pound for Pound, few can compare with Gonzalez’s power game– and the scary part is that he’s only 24.
Marcos Maidana (31-3, 28 KOs)
Maidana is raw and will always have trouble against someone who can box intelligently, but stand in front of the Argentine brawler long enough and even the strongest fighters may find themselves staring up at the ring lights.
Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29 KOs)
Another Argentine battler, Matthysse is a little more refined than Maidana, but just as heavy-handed. The victim of two questionable decisions in world class bouts (against Zab Judah and Devon Alexander), Matthysse ripped Humberto Soto to shreds in his last contest, forcing the Mexican veteran’s corner to stop the fight at the end of the fifth round.
Hernan Marquez (34-2, 25 KOs)
“Tyson” Marquez is a Mexican southpaw wrecking machine, displaying his power among the sport’s smallest fighters. The reigning WBA flyweight champ is set to meet WBO titlist, Brian Viloria on September 29 in a sure-classic between two of boxing’s best offensive fighters.
Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs)
He wings his punches and only fights in spurts, but when “King” Arthur Abraham hits you flush, you usually feel it to the core. One need only look at his scary twelfth round knockout of Jermain Taylor in 2009 to understand what kind of power the Armenia-born, German resident possesses.
Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs)
“The Filipino Flash” has drawn comparisons to some of the sport’s very best stars and has finally begun to justify his lofty placement on many pound for pound lists. Razor sharp and supremely quick, Donaire’s punches are lethal and thrown with extremely bad intentions. Who could ever forget Donaire nearly decapitating Fernando Montiel in their 2011 bout for Montiel’s WBC and WBO world bantamweight titles?
Randall Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs)
Say what you will about the 37-year-old former junior welterweight champ and his dubious standing as reigning IBF welterweight titlist, Bailey’s straight right hand may be the single best punch in the sport today. And, as Mike Jones found out in their clash for the vacant IBF strap, Bailey’s right uppercut isn’t too shabby, either.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The BoxingTribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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