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A sports website recently drew up a definitive list of the biggest punchers in heavyweight history.
They had Deontay Wilder at the top and included Herbie Hide but for me, Wilder makes it but only in tenth – and Hide is nowhere to be seen.
There are also spots for ring legends Sonny Liston and Rocky Marciano, but a distinct lack of currently active fighters, other than former world champion Wilder.
Here is my full list of the top 10 biggest hitters in boxing history, in reverse order.
Leave your comments – whether you agree or disagree – in the comments section below…
10. Deontay Wilder
A slashing, fearsome puncher. Tall and rangy with one of the great show reels in the division. You also have to look at the guys he knocked out. That’s why he is at ten not one.
Deontay Wilder carries huge power
(Image: Getty Images)
9. Lennox Lewis
A tactician but with tremendous turnover power. Brilliant from distance. Maximised his reach by hitting guys at full extension, a classic Emanuel Steward trait. When he landed with that right hand it was good night Vienna.
8. Sonny Liston
The first modern day heavy. There was nothing subtle about him. His jab was like a telegraph pole. He would arrest you with it and knock you into next week with the right. His legs weren’t good. But you stood with him at your peril.
7. Rocky Marciano
Not afraid to get hit four times to land one punch. Mostly that was all he needed. If not his combinations got the job done. The look in his eyes was all terror. He just kept coming all the way to 49 and 0.
Rocky Marciano ended his career unbeaten
6. Joe Louis
His forte was KO power from short to middle distance. You thought you were safe then he would knock your house down. He was ruthless and slick, and bestrode the eras from Dempsey to Liston.
5. Jack Dempsey
A street-fighting man. He was only a small cruiserweight by today’s standards but he could knock anyone out. Ask Jess Willard. Power to weight ratio was incredible. Would take on all comers, the superstar of the age.
4. Jack Johnson
Brilliant tactician and a concussive hitter. He had a real mean streak fuelled by the racism and prejudice he faced. Stylistically he was 30-40 years ahead of his time, technically better than Dempsey, Louis and Marciano.
Jack Johnson was ooxing's first black world heavyweight champion
3. Earnie Shavers
Just raw power and velocity. Speed is what knocks you out. He had great timing and precision with a savage left hook. Remarkable he was not a world champion. If Larry Holmes were not in the opposite corner he would have been.
2. Mike Tyson
The greatest combination heavy I have ever seen. If you missed him you were gone. He wouldn’t hit with one punch, he sprayed you with four or five at speed, tearing people apart. We hadn’t seen that before.
1. George Foreman
A brute. The way he lifted Joe Frazier a foot off the floor was shocking, a game changer. He then mowed down Kenny Norton, who had just broken Muhammad Ali’s jaw. People feared for Ali’s life in Kinshasa, including me, but that is another story.
George Foreman was a fearsome puncher
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