In boxing, there is nothing more brutally beautiful than a one punch knockout blow. BoxNation ranks the leading exponents of the art from this century.
10. Deontay Wilder
The Y shaped 6ft 7in ‘Bronze Bomber’ from Tuscaloosa, Alabama might not be the most stylish, and his level of his competition remains questionable, but all evidence suggests that if he connects clean, you’ll enter the land of nod.
The ex Beijing Olympian’s slashing scuds eliminated his first 32 victims inside four rounds and challengers are still failing to finish now that he reigns on the WBC Heavyweight throne.
9. Kelly Pavlik
Known as ‘The Ghost’ due to his pale, skeletal 6ft 2in frame, this Youngstown, Ohio middleweight slugged his way to the WBC/WBO titles with a seven round demolition of Jermain Taylor in 2007.
Just six of the defeated on his 40-2 CV heard the final bell but the man with the wrecking ball right hand’s talent was matched by his thirst and his career was ruined by alcoholism.
8. Nonito Donaire
‘The Filipino Flash’ attended the same school as Manny Pacquiao and, as a frail asthmatic; he became a victim of bullying.
That nonsense promptly ceased once he learnt how to use his dukes, aged 11, and he smashed his way to six world titles between the flyweight and featherweight divisions, scalping a dozen world champions in the process. Eight perished before the finish post. A fizzing left hook was his preferred weapon of mass destruction.
7. Sergey Kovalev
The ‘Krusher’ from Russia’s mallet fists are complimented by a malicious mindset and he is often caught smirking sinisterly as he dispenses his pain.
Unbeaten in 29 with 25 perishing early, the 32 year old announced himself by mugging then unbeaten Welshman Nathan Cleverly for the WBO Light-Heavy strap in August 2013. Of six subsequent challengers only battered Bernard Hopkins completed the course.
6. David Haye
Britain’s first ever world amateur finalist, the muscle-ripped 6ft 3in playboy from Bermondsey ran roughshod through the world cruiserweight and heavyweight ranks during the noughties.
His calling card right cross – dubbed ‘The Hayemaker’ – put the carcasses of worthies such as Mormeck, Maccarinelli, Ruiz and Chisora on canvas. Departed with daunting 26-2 (24) stats.
5. Manny Pacquiao
The thirty-eight stoppage wins on ‘Pacman’s’ 57-6-2 slate hide the full story. The fizzing Filipino southpaw inflicted his misery across 10 weight divisions from flyweight through to light-middle.
Schooled by Freddie Roach, Pacquiao rubbed out 10 of the 20 rival world champions he faced whilst amassing seven global titles. Left Ricky Hatton counting birdies with a monstrous left hook in 2009!
4. Miguel Cotto
Like Pacquiao, this Puerto Rican legend transported his carnage across several weight divisions – the true litmus test of a genuine banger.
Operating between light-welter and middleweight, and consistently confronting the stiffest available competition, ‘Junito’ wasted 15 of 19 victims in his 23 world title fights. Could drop the guillotine with either hand and was equally devastating to head or body.
3. Vitali Klitschko
The bolder, sturdier and more heavy handed of the dominant brothers, ‘Dr Iron fist’ held a Phd in Sports Science but there was little scientific about the raking right hands that relieved 41 victims of their consciousness.
Often criticised for his overt patience, the elder Klitschko knew he only required one clean strike to terminate and proved ruthlessly clinical during a two reign 17 fight world championship career.
2. Gennady Golovkin
This smiling, cherubic Kazakh assassin is unquestionably the most gifted pure puncher presently active.
Far from the biggest middleweight, ‘GGG’ has the innate timing and precision to topple anything he touches and his last 21 opponents have folded like accordions, including 15 at world title level.
Thus far, his 34-0 (31 KO's) slate might list only two world champions but it certainly isn’t Golovkin who does the avoiding!
1. Edwin Valero
Tragic ‘Dinamita’, a human hurricane from Venezuela, had murder on his mind both in and out of the ring.
In a career spanning 2002-10, the smouldering Valero carved up all 27 opponents before the services of the judges were needed. Either the WBA super-feather or WBC lightweight straps were on the line for the final eight.
Alas, he was haunted by drug and alcohol abuse. Arrested after his wife was stabbed to death, Valero hung himself in his prison cell whilst awaiting trial, aged just 28.
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