Tyson, Wilder, Foreman: Boxing's 'most devastating punchers' of all time ranked

Tyson, Wilder, Foreman: Boxing's 'most devastating punchers' of all time ranked

In the history of boxing, it is fair to say that fans have witnessed several hard-hitting fighters, and more just keep coming through.

Over the years, boxing fans and pundits alike have come together to determine who in fact is the hardest hitter in the history of the sport.

TalkSPORT has even compiled a list of the most hard-hitting boxers in history and ranked them from 10 down to one.

So, let’s see who makes the cut and whether or not you agree.

Boxing’s hardest-hitting fighters

10. Julian Jackson (55:6)

Making his professional debut back in 1981, Julian Jackson had a lot of success at super welterweight and middleweight during his 17-year career in the sport. After becoming a champion at super welterweight, and winning the WBA title against Baek In-chul, Jackson had many memorable knockouts during his career.

9. Deontay Wilder (42-2-1)

Many fans have mixed opinions on ‘The Bronze Bomber.’ Fans question his technical ability. With that being said, in heavyweight boxing, technique goes out the window. With so many one-punch KO killers in the division, Deontay Wilder is arguably the hardest hitter right now, with highlight-reel KOs against Bermane Stiverne, Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz.

Tyson, Wilder, Foreman: Boxing's 'most devastating punchers' of all time ranked
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: Deontay Wilder knocks out Luis Ortiz in the seventh round of their WBC heavyweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder retained his title with the knockout. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

8. Tommy Hearns (61-5-1)

Competing across five divisions throughout his glittering career, ‘The Hitman’ would go on to win multiple world titles and was involved in many iconic bouts during his career. Hearns became the first boxer to win titles in five different weight classes.

7. Mike Tyson (50-6-2)

When you think of hard-hitting athletes, Mike Tyson is up there. Throughout his career, Tyson would win the WBA, WBC, IBF and The Ring heavyweight titles and had some eye-catching performances against the likes of Larry Holmes and Frank Bruno. How is he only seventh, though?! Surely he should be higher up?

6. Sandy Saddler (145-16-2)

Making his professional career in 1944, Saddler would go on to fight a whopping 163 times. Out of those, 145 were wins and 104 of them came by way of knockout. He will go down as one of the hardest-hitting featherweights to compete inside the ring.

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5. Earnie Shavers (75-14-1)

Twenty three of Shavers’ 68 career knockouts came in the first round, with 46 coming inside the first three rounds. The great Muhammed Ali stated that Shavers was the hardest puncher he ever faced after Alli defeated him via unanimous decision. 

4. Jimmy Wilde (137-4-1)

Wilde made his professional debut way back in 1911. Competing at flyweight, the 5’2 Welshman produced many memorable career wins and even went on a 93-fight unbeaten streak during his time.

3. Joe Louis (66-3)

The “Brown Bomber” made his professional debut in 1934 and became a world champion in 1937 at the age of 23. With 52 of his 66 wins coming by way of knockout, many can see why Louis is in the top 10.

Tyson, Wilder, Foreman: Boxing's 'most devastating punchers' of all time ranked
29 Nov 1947 : Joe Louis in training for the fight against Jersey Joe Walcott. Credit : Allsport. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK/ALLSPORT

2. Sam Langford (210- 43-53-8)

Langford was dubbed the “Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows” by ESPN. He became the first boxer inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame, despite never having won a world championship. In his prime, his power caused real havoc for his opponents.

1. George Foreman (76-5)

At number one, many fans will remember just how good George Foreman was in his prime. With 68 of his 76 wins coming via knockout, the two-time heavyweight champion’s power was out of this world. His unique combinations would set up dangerous hooks and uppercuts which would then go on to shut his opponent’s lights out in a heartbeat.

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