Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and the One-Punch KO Artists Who Can Break Ribs With Pure Power
Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Canelo Alvarez – there are boxing supremos who love knocking their opponents out.
The overwhelming power of a punch is what makes boxing exciting – the knowledge that a special type of boxer can turn a fight upside down instantly with a brutal fanatic.
Even knockout specialists such as Manny Pacquiao or Mike Tyson would often hurt and stop their opponents with a combination of searing blows.
But there are some boxers, like Earnie Shavers or Julian Jackson in the past, who possess frightening fight-ending power.
Currently in boxing, these 10s have proven themselves as one-punch knockout artists. From Terence Crawford racking up saves due to his variety of accurate punches to David Benavidez being a threat due to his size and strength, this lot all have one thing in common: blunt force trauma.
10. Tyson’s Fury
Five years ago, you would never have believed Fury would be on this list ahead of Anthony Joshua.
But since training with Kronk Gym graduate SugarHill Steward, “The Gypsy King” has begun to put his heavy weight and 6-foot-9 frame behind his attacks.
The result: five stoppages in his last six fights – and a truly spectacular knockout punch when he annihilated Dillian Whyte with a booming uppercut.
Fury is a fighter that usually breaks you down with a series of punches, but his one-hit power has become much more dangerous.
9. Gennady Golovkin
The left hook that broke Matthew Macklin’s ribs, the punch that knocked Nobuhiro Ishida out of the ring, the right hand that floored Daniel Geale (as Golovkin himself was punched in the face): ‘Triple G’ scored an iconic goal- hitting the knockouts.
A decade ago, the big middleweight was busy racking up an unbroken streak of 23 knockout fights and would be a contender for the top spot in this countdown.
But at 41 and less explosive than before, the Kazakh had to settle for ninth place. We bet every punch he throws still hurts.
8. Jermell Charlo
Jermell Charlo hasn’t always been a devastating finisher and it’s his older brother (by one minute), identical twin Jermall, who actually has the highest knockout percentage.
But it’s undisputed 154-pound world champion Jermell who is showing better knockout form against elite opponents.
The 33-year-old has eight knockouts in his last 11 fights and he crushed Brian Castano with a vicious right hand in his last fight. Injuries have kept Charlo inactive, but if and when his fight with undefeated Tim Tszyu comes, Kostya’s son can expect a chin test.
7. Yuniel Dorticos
The 37-year-old Cuban nicknamed the “KO Doctor” lost to the two best cruiserweights he faced in Murat Gassiev and Mairis Briedis.
But as their record of 26-2 (24 KOs) suggests, Dorticos are devastating against anyone but the best in the division.
His most spectacular knockout came in winning a world title by stopping poor Andrew Tabiti with a right hand from the depths of hell in 2019.
Tabiti was left unconscious with his eyes closed, flat on his back. If it’s any consolation to you, Dr. Dorticos can do it to almost anyone.
6. Canelo Alvarez
Alvarez is not a classic knockout artist: 39 knockouts in 63 fights is a solid record but nothing too special.
Still, the number of fights the Mexican idol finishes – or at least drastically changes – in one fell swoop is remarkable.
Amir Khan and Sergey Kovalev were taken down out of nowhere, James Kirkland was taken down, while the uppercut that shattered Billy Joe Saunders’ eye socket effectively ended their fight.
Even the brave John Ryder, who lasted 12 rounds in May, had his nose broken by a right hand and sat on the canvas by another. Ouch.
5. Naoya Inoue
In terms of pound-for-pound skilled punchers, the Japanese “Monster” claims to be the No. 1 in the sport given his talent and monstrous power in boxing’s lighter weight classes.
But Inoue often stops his rivals with an explosive series of punches rather than a single blow out of nowhere.
Still, try telling this to Jamie McDonnell: the British world champion had never been knocked out in 32 fights until he fought Inoue and was monstrous in two minutes.
Inoue’s 24-0 (21 KO) record speaks for itself, but trying to take his power up to a fourth weight class against Stephen Fulton in July is a big test.
4. Artur Beterbiev
The ongoing 100% knockout streak is getting more and more impressive: 19 fights, 19 knockouts.
Granted, Beterbiev tends to smash enemies with methodical power rather than blast them away.
But no opponent has yet heard the bell to end the 11th round, let alone the final 12th round.
The KO2 of the Russian resistance fighter Joe Smith Jr stands out. Smith, who took Dmitry Bivol the distance, was taken down by an accurate counter in round one and then taken down in round two.
Beterbiev is one of those pure hitters where even the jab knocks you on your heels.
3. Mauricio Lara
Raw, rough, crass and crass (just ask Josh Warrington, who Lara spat at in February): “Bronco” is nowhere near the skill level of a Beterbiev, Inoue or a Canello.
But what Lara possesses is a pure and unique battle-changing power.
The Mexican was an unknown underdog when he hammered a then-undefeated Warrington in 2021.
After two KO3s in 2022, Leigh Wood called and Lara was being dispatched until a left hook knocked Wood’s legs out from under him.
A rematch is on Saturday and Wood knows one thing: a puncher like Lara is a threat every second of every round.
2. Gervonta Davis
The uppercut that turned off the lights for Leo Santa Cruz might be Davis’ one-punch knockout, but he’s got plenty of competition.
On paper, Davis is a 5-foot-5, 135-pound southpaw. In the ring, he’s a fearsome demolitions expert who can knock you out with an arsenal of punches.
What makes ‘Tank’ so ultra-dangerous is that he’s not a rough puncher like Lara or even #1 on this list.
Instead, he’s a smart, patient, and calculating boxer who can find any gap in your armor and exploit it. Davis is 29-0 (27 KOs) and even scarier than those numbers suggest.
1. Deontay Wilder
A flawed, beatable heavyweight with a useful EQ: he has a genuine claim to be the strongest single puncher in heavyweight history.
Wilder is unorthodox and sloppy, but when he rolls a punch and unleashes it, you better have your chin out of the way.
The American has stopped every one of his 42 different opponents with the exception of Tyson Fury: and even Fury has had to get off the canvas four times in three fights.
Although he is 6ft 7in tall, Wilder is not a bulky heavyweight. Its power seems to come from its long elastic limbs.
Smashing Robert Helenius in one round on his 2022 comeback was not unexpected. But it only took one right hand, barely charged, to leave the viking-sized Helenius staring at the lights.
Wilder talks a lot of nonsense but when he says: “The power in my right hand is the power of God”, we almost believe him.