By Paul Webb
The mythical pound for pound list is filled with exceptionally talented classy boxers who demonstrate the art of pugilism the way it’s supposed to be done, hit and don’t be hit. Now as much as we admire these fighters in this first of a series of blogs I will look at the fighters who provide the most excitement when they step in the ring, this edition is all about those KO specialist’s who have true 1 punch power, they may not all be considered future hall of famers but they give the casual fan what they want, excitement.
This is in no particular order let us no who you think should be number 1 or suggest someone I may have missed
1. Marcos Maidana (34-3 31ko’s) Welterwight
The former interim WBA Light Welterweight champion has a fearsome reputation as a power puncher, his weak defense and lack of a jab have cost him in some of his biggest fights but ask Amir Khan who the hardest hitter at 140-147lbs is and he will tell you its the Argentinian. He holds knockout wins over Victor Cayo, Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez and had Amir Khan jelly legged several times in their epic 2011 fight of year.
2. Deontay Wilder (28-0 28ko’s) Heavyweight
Wilder’s level of opposition has hardly been world class but he has dispatched every single opponent inside the distance with only 2 of his opponents (Harold Sconiers & Marlon Hayes) making it to round 4. The Olympic bronze medalist announced himself to the British public with a 1st round demolition of Audley Harrison in which he showcased his awesome power and his Clubber Lang approach to boxing, swing like crazy and something will land.
3. Wladamir Klitschko (60-3 51ko’s) Heavyweight
The universally recognised king of the heavyweight division has the highest amount of stoppages on this list and its a rare night his opponent manages to see the final bell. What makes Dr Steelhammer such a concussive puncher is how he sets up his big shots by softening his opponent up over a number of rounds before he looks to throw his big right hand. He has several knockouts in round’s 10-12 which is in contrast to many on this list who look to blow opponents away early. A rumour around advertising and the lengths of a Klitschko fight suggested by David Haye has yet to be confirmed.
4. Lucas Matthyse (34-2-1 32ko’s) Light Welterweight
The second Argentinian on the list and a real fan favourite, the WBC’s interim Light Welterweight champion has been on the tough end of decision losses to Devon Alexander and Zab Judah which in both fights you could have made a case for Matthyse. He took on the unbeaten Ajose Olusegen stopping him in the tenth, he followed that with 1st round knockout of Mike Dallas jr and then his most impressive stoppage when he dropped Lamont Peterson 3 times on route to a 3rd round tko.
5. Gennady Golovkin (26-0 23ko’s) Middleweight
My partner in crime Andrew McCart’s favourite boxer and for good reason, Golovkin is arguably the most avoided fighter on the planet having stopped his last 13 opponents including Gregorz Proksa, Gabriel Rosado and Nobuhiro Ishida. He has dynamite in his right hand and his next opponent Matthew Macklin has a serious task on his hands and if he stands and trades it could be a potential fight of the year candidate.
6. Adonis Stevenson (21-1 18ko’s) Super Middleweight
The self named ‘Superman’ has surged in to the public view with a single huge left hand which left Chad Dawson out on his feet inside the 1st round of their WBC title fight, what made it more surprising was the fact Stevenson managed to carry his power up to light heavyweight. It was his 8th stoppage in a row and he now has the world at his feet.
7. Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2 38ko’s Welterweight
His best days may be behind him but the punch is always the last thing to go and the man who knocked out Ricky Hatton, Eric Morales, Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya cannot be left of this list. He did what only a handful of fighters in history have done winning world titles in multiple weight classes and seeming to be more effective when faced with bigger opposition. Next up after 2 defeats (I hate calling the Bradley fight a defeat) is Brandon Rios who i think is the perfect choice of opponent to get Manny’s career back on track and get his 39th stoppage win.
8. Nonito Donaire (31-2 20ko’s) Super Bantamweight
The Fillipino flash may have lost his world title to the awkward but classy (see the opening paragraph) Cuban Guillermo Rigondeux but the southpaw made his name with a 5th round stoppage of Vic Darchiniyan (youtube it) and then with a 2 round demolition of Fernando Montiel follow up wins over Jorge Arce and Toshiaki Nishioka further cemented him as a serious stoppage artist.
9. Randall Bailey(43-8 37ko’s) Welterweight
The American known as ‘the knockout king’ makes the list down to the fact that without his punching power with no disrespect meant Bailey wouldn’t have cracked any rankings top 10 let alone win a world title, which at the age of 37 he did by knocking out undefeated Mike Jones. His loss to Devon Alexander may have brought his career to an end but if he does continue any future opponent will need to be aware of that right hand.
10. Vitali Klitschko (45-2 41ko’s) Heavyweight
With an 87% KO percentage ‘Dr Iron Fist’ has only failed to stop 3 opponents since he lost to Lennox Lewis a decade ago, and those who do manage to stay on their feet and last the 12 rounds are often never the same (Shannon Briggs) Like his brother Wladamir, he has dominated his division and holds knockout wins over Chris Arreola, Tomasz Adamek and most recently Manuel Charr. At 41 years of age we may not get to see him fight again but his power and limited quality of opposition will likely end in another stoppage win for the Ukranian.