Boxing has never been a sport for the faint of heart, with heavy hands and knockout streaks galore, but being able to boast such skills doesn’t do much if they cannot be executed at the top level.
The work that goes behind each punch and the effort it takes to get to be the best are often outdone by class.
In a recent article, talkSPORT have named the hardest puncher in every division, naming them the 17 most dangerous men in the sport along the way.
Deontay Wilder takes the title in the heavyweight division despite Anthony Joshua having unrelenting natural power and Tyson Fury being able to sit down on his shots. The unnatural power harboured by the Bronze Bomber has seen him accumulate 41 KOs in 45 fights. The 6ft 6in star has been able to defeat every opponent he has faced, except for Fury, who he still put down four times in three fights.
The cruiserweight division has been dominated by Yuniel Dorticos. The Cuban is known in the ring as the ‘KO Doctor’ and has an impressive 85% knockout ratio. Having obliterated Jesse Bryan in just two rounds last time out, Dorticos is the biggest threat in the division.
Artur Beterbiev has made a name for himself in the light heavyweight category with a perfect 18-0 record. The Russian is sometimes overshadowed by fellow boxer Dmitry Bivol, but the 37-year-old demolished Joe Smith Jr to show that both his hands still work perfectly when it comes to throwing a punch.
In the super middleweight division Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is a popular name. Executing flawless stoppages against the likes of James Kirkland and Sergey Kovalev, the 168Ib star is not to be underestimated. After an uppercut broke Billy Joe Saunders’ orbital bone, it’s easy to understand why Canelo has made the most dangerous list.
Now aged 40, Gennady Golovkin is not quite the rapid puncher that he once was, but he still remains an expert at executing spectacular demolitions. Triple G once boasted a 23-fight KO streak and has an 84% KO ratio. He has been able to defeat his opponents with class for many years with his most recent stoppage being against Ryota Murata in April.
Undisputed light middleweight champion Jermell Charlo seems to be flourishing into a fine finisher. Whilst he only has 19 KOs in 35 wins, he has been able to avenge both setbacks by knockout. One of his highlights came when he stopped Brian Castano in May with a belter of a left hook.
Terence Crawford seems to be living up to his nickname of ‘Bud’ as he continues to blossom into a master boxer. He currently sits on a nine-fight KO streak and was able to demolish Shawn Porter, a feat that even Errol Spence Jr couldn’t pull off. Crawford has a finishing prowess unlike any that have been seen before.
Consistency is key in boxing, and light welterweight Subriel Matias has it in abundance. He may be small in stature, but his 18-1 record speaks volumes, and he was able to avenge his only loss in January with a ninth-round stoppage.
With a 93% KO ratio and the hardest puncher pound for pound, it’s clear how lightweight Gervonta Davis came to be on the list. The Tank is known as a knockout specialist as he puts the lights out on all his opponents with just one blow. Leo Santa Cruz and Rolly Romero can both attest to the power behind his fists.
In the super featherweight division, Oscar Valdez has been taking the ring by storm. Despite being outboxed by Shakur Stevenson in April, the Mexican has been able to accumulate 23 KOs in 31 fights and is well-known for sparking out Miguel Berchelt last year.
Mauricio Lara took the featherweight category by surprise when he executed a ninth-round stoppage against Leeds warrior Josh Warrington in 2021. Whilst he was the underdog to start with, he showed just how powerful he was in March when he KO’d Emilio Sanchez.
Brandon Figueroa is the super bantamweight’s ‘Heartbreaker’ and is ahead of his rivals after stopping the previously unbeaten Luis Nery with a powerfully executed body shot. His only defeat has come when he faced Fulton, but he was still able to get in countless blows before he was beat.
Bantamweight Naoya Inoue was sure to not make the same mistake twice when he faced Nonito Donaire in a rematch in June. The Monster obliterated his opponent in just four minutes to maintain a 23-0 record. Although he only stands at 5ft 5in, the Japanese boxer packs the hardest punch of anyone to ever appear in his division.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai may only be a super flyweight, but he has all the power he needs. With 43 KOs in 50 wins, he is the only man that has been successful in beating ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez to claim the title as one of the most dangerous men to face in his division.
Junto Nakatani has dominated the flyweight category as the unbeaten southpaw has claimed an incredible six-fight knockout streak. Not just a one-hit-wonder, Nakatani has outshone the likes of Julio Cesar Martinez to make himself known.
Eleven KOs in a 19-1 record is pretty damn decent, but Kenshiro Teraji really made a name for himself when he executed a third-round, one-punch KO in March. He was able to reclaim his world title whilst avenging his only defeat. In 2019, he also scored back-to-back fourth-round stoppage wins to put him at the top of his division.
And finally, Masataka Taniguchi has shown that it’s not all about the size when it comes to power in the strawweight division. He has a 16-3 record and has won four in a row by stoppage which puts him top of his class.