Hardcore boxing fans love and appreciate the subtle nuances of the sweet science. However, the casual fight fan wants to see knockouts. And there are several fighters that give fans what they want by being great finishers. Therefore, who are the top 5 hardest punchers in American boxing?
5. Adrien Broner
Adrien Broner loves to perform inside and outside the ring. He is a rapper, dancer and boxer. And he does not care if people love him or hate him. Broner just wants to have fun and win fights.
Broner is Floyd Mayweather Jr. with punching power. And his opponents want to see their hand raised in victory. But, all they see is stars and Broner dancing and celebrating after he defeats them by knock out.
He is moving up to welterweight in his next bout. It has been reported by Ring Magazine that Broner will be fighting WBA welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi on June 22nd at the Barclays Center on HBO.
4. Randall Bailey
Randall Bailey is not a fossil like the legendary Bernard Hopkins. Yet, he is a seasoned veteran at 38 years old. And his critics say that he is one-dimensional. However, his frightening punching power gives him a chance against any boxer that steps into the ring against him.
Bailey hits as hard as a giant. And Mike Jones tasted his power on June 9th. His victory over the undefeated Jones showed that Bailey still can beat young talented fighters in the welterweight division.
3. James Kirkland
James Kirkland fights with rage. And once the bell rings he runs at his opponent like a linebacker going for a sack. And he throws his punches with intensity and uber-aggression.
Kirkland turns his bouts into street fights. His punching power allows him to fight such as an aggressive fighting style. And he does have a questionable chin. Yet, his win over Alfredo Angulo in 2011 showed that he has the guts and determination to get off the canvas to comeback and win a bout.
His career is on hold because he is involved in a contract dispute with Golden Boy Promotions. And once the business side of Kirkland’s career is taken care of there are plenty of possible opponents for him in the talented and loaded junior middleweight division.
2. Deontay Wilder
The 1990s was a great era for heavyweight boxing with fighters such as Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Riddick Bowe. However, the 90s seem like ages ago and heavyweight boxing in American is practically extinct. And Wilder wants to keep American heavyweight boxing From dying.
Wilder has incredible punching power in his right hand. And he has knocked the lights out of all his opponents. Likewise, he has the talent and potential to become heavyweight champion of the world with his size, reach and great punching power.
Wilder’s critics have called him out on fighting so many weak opponents. However, he will be stepping up in competition by fighting former 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist and gatekeeper Audley Harrison on April 27th.
1. Keith Thurman
Keith Thurman looks like a member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with his long cornrows. But, he is not a harmonizing rapper. Thurman is a philosophical bookworm. And he does not want to cherry pick his opponents like Mayweather. He wants to fight the best boxers in the world.
The eccentric boxer is not a wild man in the ring. Thurman is a patient fighter that knocks guys out by precisely landing his huge power shots. And Thurman is a contender that will become a boxing champion because of his superior punching power and skills.
Loren Robinson has watched and studied boxing for the past 13 years. He has written for boxing websites such as boxingnews24.com, eastsideboxing.com andpinoygreats.com. You can find more of his writing at the site www.lorenrobinson.com or you can follow him on Twitter, @PowerofWords22
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