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UPDATED: Top 10 Pound for Pound Power Punchers

October 1, 2013

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10. Vitali “Dr. Iron Fist” Klitchko
Vitali is just a big wrecking ball who has been destroying the heavyweight division for the last 2 decades. Some say its because there is no one else but that’s no excuse for Vitali’s powerful iron fists, who has a KO percentage of 87.23%. He has only slipped in the power rankings due to inactivity.

9. Curtis “Showtime” Stevens
Recently coming back after a long 2 year layoff, Stevens got right back to his old ways. He knocked out Elvin Ayala and Saul Roman in the first round and now has his eyes set on Gennady Golovkin. His KO percentage doesn’t do him justice at 64.29%.

8. Keith “One Time” Thurman
Thurman has worked his way up the ranks with a impressive knockout reel. Expect to see more to come from this young contender. Thurman has a ridiculous KO percentage of 86.36%.

7. James Kirkland
Everyone had all but gave up on Kirkland after he lost to Ishida but shortly after that he was offered a fight with Alfredo Angulo and shocked the world. Angulo knocked down Kirkland early in the first round but Kirkland rose, returned the knockdown and then stopped Angulo in the 6th. Kirkland also sports a monsterous 84.38% KO percentage. Like Vitali he has slipped in the rankings due to inactivity but rumors say Kirkland will return soon.

6. Jhonny Gonzalez
What else needs to be said about Jhonny Gonzalez other than he knocked out a pound for pound fighter (Abner Mares) in the first round? How about the fact that he also has a KO percentage of 74.6, enough said.

5. Sergey Kovalev
The Krusher has earned his nickname by knocking out veterans and contenders alike. With KO wins over Gabriel Campillo and Nathan Cleverly he is quickly becoming a avoided fighter. His 86.96 KO percentage has put fear into a lot of his fellow light heavyweights.

4. Mikey Garcia
The only thing Mikey Garcia can’t seem to do is talk trash but with power like his, who needs to talk? Garcia has quietly but forcefully climbed the ranks and now sits atop the super featherweight division with a 84.38 KO percentage.

3. Adonis “Superman” Stevenson
Stevenson was recently in a fight of the year candidate for 2012 when he faced Don “Da Bomb” George in a knockdown drag out slugfest. Following that Stevenson moved up to light heavyweight and knocked out the then lineal champ Chad Dawson in the first round and beat Tavoris Cloud to a bloody pulp. Stevenson is always exciting and with a KO percentage of 82.61% you never know when it will be lights out for his opponent.

2. Gennady Golovkin
Golovkin has really made a name for himself here in the states with his spectacular power. His last two wins were knockouts over Proska, Rosado and Macklin. Golovkin also sports a jaw dropping 88.89% KO percentage.

1. Lucas Matthysse
There is a good reason why Lucas Matthysse is one of the most feared men in boxing and that reason is simply power. Lamont Peterson is a very good adaptable fighter but Matthysse made it look easy stopping him in just the 3rd round. Although he recently lost to Danny Garcia in a closely contested fight, it wasn’t enough to knock him out the #1 spot and rumors are we may see a Garcia rematch soon. Matthysse has a outstanding 84.21 KO percentage.

Do you not agree with this list? Did we leave someone out? Comment below and tell us. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @TheHeavyBag and me @lucasbiggers213. Thanks for reading and being a fan of the sweet science.

By Lucas Biggers

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About Lucas BIggers

I am a fan turned writer, who wants to help bring the sport of boxing back to its golden age.

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