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From Canelo Alvarez to Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis – top 10 pound-for-pound punchers in boxing ranked


Mike Tyson, Tommy Hearns, George Foreman, and Felix Trinidad have all worn that iconic crown in the past – the title of toughest pound-for-pound puncher in all of boxing.

But – luckily for the chin of modern fighters – these machines of human destruction have all retired. So who is causing the carnage in the boxing ring in 2021? From a Mexican idol to a fully loaded “Tank”, let’s count the top 10 most feared bangers currently active in the sport.

Tyson was perhaps the most dominant and destructive heavyweight of all time
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From Canelo Alvarez to Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis - top 10 pound-for-pound punchers in boxing ranked
Joshua made sure Klitschko felt the full force of his power when they met
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10. Anthony Joshua
W: 24 (22 KO), W: 2
Heavyweight (Great Britain)

Slide down the list because, well, what good is a devastating power if you don’t use it? Joshua can hurt any heavyweight on the planet as he showed in the eye-catching knockouts of Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin. However, against Oleksandr Usyk, AJ disconcertingly tried to box with a boxer rather than let go of his thumping right hand or brutal left hook. Still a definitely heavy hitter, but has to show it.

9. Terence Crawford
W: 37 (28 KO), W: 0
Welterweight (United States)

Just because Crawford is a skillful southpaw best known for his all-round skills, don’t sleep on his sharp, nasty punches. Currently on a streak of eight consecutive knockouts in world title fights, no opponent has come the distance with ‘Bud’ since 2016. Tends to start fights slowly but – unlike other master boxers of the past (cough, Floyd Mayweather) – Crawford is a ruthless finisher who will seek to take out an injured opponent with pinpoint precision.

8. Yuniel Dorticos
W: 26 (24 KO), W: 2
Cruiserweight (Cuba)

The ‘KO Doctor’ didn’t quite live up to his nickname against the best in his division – for example his two losses to Murat Gassiev and Mairis Briedis – but anyone outside the top flight is in danger. Boasting an 86% KO rate, continues to maraud forward and the right hand bomb he used to knock the previously undefeated Andrew Tabiti unconscious in their 2019 Super Six semi-final was the one of the knockouts of this year.

7. Gennady Golovkin
W: 41 (36 KB), L: 1, D: 1
Middleweight (Kazakhstan)

Golovkin may have been No.1 on this list five years ago, but at 39, the 160-pound taller can’t pull the trigger as fast as he once did. Yet even now “Triple G” can roll the Steve Rolls of this world and – in his heyday – had a 23-fight, nine-year knockout streak. With every punch in his arsenal and the fact that Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez survived 24 rounds against each other says more about their iron jaws than either the lack of pop of either. men.

From Canelo Alvarez to Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis - top 10 pound-for-pound punchers in boxing ranked
Lopez did a light job of Commey, who had never been stopped before
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From Canelo Alvarez to Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis - top 10 pound-for-pound punchers in boxing ranked
Lopez, right, also upset the odds of beating Lomachenko using a different approach
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6. Teofimo Lopez
W: 16 (12 KB), L: 0
Léger (United States)

He chose to box rather than fight when he upset Vasyl Lomachenko last year, but make no mistake: the 24-year-old Brooklynite can punch. Tough world champion Richard Commey had never been stopped in 32 fights before facing Teo in December 2019. He was knocked out in just over four minutes after Lopez’s relentless, compact, two-handed assault. Huge at 135 lbs, so it will be interesting to see if he increases his power.

5. Canelo Allvarez
W: 56 (38 KB), L: 1, D: 2
Super middleweight (Mexico)

Don’t be fooled by the relatively low KO ratio: Alvarez has gradually improved his finish, as well as every other part of his game. A patient, calculated destroyer who creates openings and then skillfully exploits them. Witness the late arrest of Sergey Kovalev by Canelo or the uppercut which fractured the orbital bone of Billy Joe Saunders. The crushing knockouts of Amir Khan and James Kirkland are must-sees.

From Canelo Alvarez to Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis - top 10 pound-for-pound punchers in boxing ranked
Saunders was badly damaged by Canelo’s power and his corner threw in the towel to stop the punishment
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4. Artur Beterbiev
W: 16 (16 KO), W: 0
Light-heavy (Russia)

Hard to argue with a 100 percent KO ratio. The fearsome Beterbiev with the black beard resembling Zangief does not have quick fists. It’s more of a dull, relentless power that has taken out every professional fighters he has come across. Injury and inactivity have been the 36-year-old’s toughest enemies and he didn’t do his best against Adam Deines the last time around. But beating Oleksandr Gvozdyk in the submission was quite an achievement and a battle with number 5 on this list is tantalizing.

3. Gervonta Davis
W: 25 (24 KO), W: 0
Léger (United States)

‘Tank’ Davis always brings explosive artillery despite being only 5ft 5in and often fighting above what appears to be his natural weight class. No fighter has come the distance with the aggressive, sawed-off Davis since 2014 and the uppercut that stopped Leo Santa Cruz last year was absolutely beautiful (unless you’re in Santa Cruz’s boots) . Must fight the best at 135 lbs but has the tools to top this list.

From Canelo Alvarez to Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis - top 10 pound-for-pound punchers in boxing ranked
You must have dynamite fists to take down Tyson Fury
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2. Deontay Wilder
W: 42 (41 KB), L: 2, D: 1
Heavyweight (United States)

Did a heavyweight better live up to their last name? May sound crude and awkward, but the Bronze Bomber’s dynamite right hand is the ultimate equalizer. Has more kOs kills than some world champions have had fights and, in his savage 2021 shootout with Tyson Fury, showed he is still dangerous even when injured and exhausted. Knocked out every opponent he’s faced, other than Fury, and dropped him four times. Monstrous power.

1. Naoya Inoue
W: 21 (18 KO), W: 0
Bantamweight (Japan)

The smallest man on the countdown is the best pound for pound. Sneaks past Wilder because “The ‘Monster’ doesn’t only have an end-of-fight power, he also has the skills to use it. Inoue has worked his way through three weight divisions and in his last 12 fights only Nonito Donaire has come the distance (and that’s partly because the referee curiously blocked Inoue when he badly injured Donaire. ). A threat to the body and the head; bantamweight just isn’t meant to hit that hard.

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