Canelo, Joshua, Wilder, Inoue: Who's the hardest pound for pound puncher in boxing right now?


The sport of boxing has seen some heavy hitters come and go.

The likes of Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Tommy Hearns have all left their mark as some of the hardest pound for pound punches to ever grace the ring.

Today, there are still many hard-hitting punchers out there who continue to terrorise their opponents whenever they’re in the ring.

So, with that in mind, let’s break down the top 10 active boxers who make the list, according to talkSPORT.

10. Anthony Joshua

While he may look like a hard puncher, it is quite rare that we see AJ actually showcase his hard-hitting ability. In his latest bout with Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua shied away from his devastating left hook and right hand. Hopefully in their rematch we’ll see more of what AJ can really do.

9. Terence Crawford

Crawford may be on a eight-KO winning streak, but his patient approach to boxing is why he isn’t ranked higher in this list. No one has gone the distance with him since 2016, and while he’s still an extraordinary finisher, sheer power is not something we’ve often seen from him.

8. Yuniel Dorticos

Known as the ‘KO doctor,’ many will remember when Dorticos brutally knocked out Andrew Tabiti and rendered him unconscious during their 2019 Super Six semi-final bout. Since then, Dorticos has yet to reach the same height, especially against fellow high-calibre opponents.

7. Gennady Golovkin

At 39 years of age, Golovkin isn’t the same monster we once knew. Five years ago, he would’ve been top of this list, but there’s no denying that he’s still a force to be reckoned with to this day. The Kazakhstani will fight for the first time in almost a year this December in Japan when he takes on Ryōta Murata.

6. Teofimo Lopez

Still undefeated, Lopez is just 24 and still has the potential to grow into one of the hardest hitters in the game. A unit at 135lbs, Lopez has the grit and determination to take down any opponent, most notably doing so in 2019 against Richard Commey.

5. Canelo Alvarez

He may not record many KOs, but Canelo punches are calculated to perfection. His patience in the ring is unmatched and when he gets his chance, he’ll deal the killer blow. The Mexican most recently fractured Billy Joe Saunders’ orbital bone with a forceful uppercut. Let’s just say we are beyond ecstatic for his bout with Caleb Plant this weekend.


4. Artur Beterbiev

A perfect KO ratio, need we say more? Beterbiev is so relentless that his personal fitness struggles have been his biggest challenge of late. Boxing fans know to always expect a show when the Russian enters the ring, and we’ll see him back in action this December when he faces Marcus Browne in Montreal.

3. Gervonta Davis

He may only be 5’5, but Davis can pack a punch. No boxer has yet to go the distance with him as he remains 25-0 ahead of an upcoming bout to defend his WBA lightweight title against Issac Cruz in December. His knockout last year against Léo Santa Cruz is still one that we could watch on replay for a long, long time.

2. Deontay Wilder

If we learned anything from his latest fight with Tyson Fury, it’s that Wilder is still one of the most dangerous fighters out there despite losing for the second straight time. Having knocked out every opponent he’s faced, other than the Gypsy King, the power behind one of Wilder’s punches is impeccable.



1. Naoya Inoue

The smallest man on the list is also the hardest pound for pound hitter too, according to talkSPORT. In his last 12 fights, Inoue has gone through three weight divisions and is a threat to any opponent’s body and head. Only one fighter has gone the distance with the Japanese boxer, with his next bout coming this December as he looks to retain his WBA (Super), IBF and The Ring bantamweight titles

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