The Hardest Boxing Punches in Sports History May Be Surprising!

De Ken Hissner: The toughest punisher usually called a heavyweight Earnie “The Black Destroyer” Razorswho was 74-14-1 with 68 knockouts from Warren, Ohio, from 1969 to 1995. If he didn’t knock you unconscious, he usually at least knocked you down, including the best of the best as Muhammad Ali, whom he knocked down in the second round (however www.boxrec.com doesn’t show that) and Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes in their second fight knocking him down in the seventh but being stopped by Holmes in the eleventh.

For example, Shavers knocked down James “Quick” Tillis in the ninth round but lost a 10-round decision. He had Ken Norton down twice in the first only to be stopped by Norton in the same round. In his second fight with Jimmy Young, he had him down in the fourth in their match which ended in a draw. It was rumored that Shavers had asthma, and if he didn’t get you in five rounds, he ran out of gas.

Sonny Liston, 50-4 with 39 knockouts, had perhaps the toughest sting of all time. In his fight with, I believe, Wayne Bethea (thought it was Bert Whitehurst, but he went the distance twice with Liston) or whoever the fighter would not come out for the second round. When his coach questioned him, and when he opened his mouth, several teeth were missing even though he had a mouthpiece inside.

Venezuela’s second division world champion Edwin “The Inca Dynamite” Valero, 27-0 with 27 knockouts before committing suicide in a prison cell. Among those, he was beaten in his last fight Antonio DeMarco, 23-1-1, in defending his WBC Lightweight title. In winning that vacant WBC title, he stopped Antonio Pitalua, 47-3. In a WBA Super Featherweight title bout, he knocked down Vincent Mosquera, 24-1-1, twice in the first round, was dropped in the third, and stopped his opponent in the tenth round.

Fifth World Champion Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, 61-5-1 with 48 knockouts from Detroit, Michigan. He won his first seventeen attacks by knockout. He came to Philadelphia and went the distance with Alfonso Hayman of Philly, 20-15-5, having been stopped five times. IBHOF Philly Advertiser J Russell Peltz remembered this fight and was not impressed with Hearns as he would later be like the rest of us. He fought from 1977 to 2006.

Lightweight champion Archie “Old Mungoto” Moore, 186-23-10 with 132 knockouts, holds the record for most knockouts in most career. One of his most famous knockouts knocked down then heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in the second round being knocked down by Marciano four times, with the final knocking Moore unconscious in the ninth round. It was Marciano’s last fight ending at 49-0 with 43 knockouts.

The second was Heavyweight Young “King of the Cane Brakes” Stribling224-13-14, from Macon, Georgia, with 126 (129 also shown on www.boxrec.com) was second from 1921 to 1933.

The third was Lightweight Sam “The Boston Bonecrusher” Langford, 178-30-38 with 126 knockouts from Nova Scotia, Canada, and Boston, MASS., From 1903 to 1926. The fourth was Middleweight Billy Bird, 260-73-20 . with 125 (139 also shown on www.boxrec.com), from Chelsea, London, UK, from 1921 to 1948.

Other interesting ones with high percentage stops are a 2-time Heavyweight Champion “Great” George Foreman76-5 with 68 knockouts from 1969 to 1997, from Houston, Texas, whose percentage is almost the same as Shavers.

Heavyweight Champion Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis, 66-3 with 52 knockouts, from 1934 to 1951, from Detroit, Michigan. Heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 42-2-1 with 41 knockouts, from 2008 to 2021, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Middleweight champion Stanley “The Michigan Assassin” Ketchel, 49-5-3 with 46 knockouts from 1903 to 1910 from Butte, Montana, though born in Michigan, who was shot to death ending his career. ‘

In a challenge for the heavyweight title, he had champion Jack “The Galveston Giant” Johnson on the canvas only to be knocked unconscious with such force one of his teeth was implanted into Johnson’s glove.

The perpetual p4p is not. 1 boxer was a great 2-division champion “Sugar” Ray Robinson, 174-19-2 with 109 knockouts from Harlem, New York, from 1940 to 1965.

These are some famous ones mentioned, of course, that you might find interesting, and I’m sure our readers will come up with others that I’m looking forward to learning about.

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