Originally Posted by Boilermaker
Given the new empahsis on power lifting, is it credible to consider that the 10 biggest punchers might just come from post 1990? I think they might.
Just some random comments, but regarding Marciano, i think that his power (while still top shelf) is more an accumulative power that comes from the fact that every punch is thrown with proper technich and body behind it, and the fact that it is as good in round 12 after 100 punches around have been thrown asi ti si in round one. AS opposed to say Wlad, who must suffer as he tires, but whose round one hits are absolutely lethal when he does let them go.
If it just pure heavy hands, i am going to have to go with the likes of
Lennox, Wlad, Tyson, Foreman, Ike, even guys like McCall, Bowe, Rahman, Brewster, Sanders. I think that size might matter on this one.
Delivery is a different story.
Power lifting doesn't necessarily translate into being able to hit hard, nor does sheer size, though there are strong correlations. I'd wager that a huge strong guy like a young Shannon Briggs hit harder than Baer given that he was also relatively explosive, and his huge number of first round knockouts bears this out. Rahman could punch like an absolute beast with that right of his, as his near decaptiation of Lennox showed, but was so slow that I'm not sure if I'd be willing to put him above more explosive guys in terms of one punch power. Frank Bruno was a similarly heavy but ponderous hitter who amy well have punched with more brute force than a lot of more renowned hitters, but was too slow and stiff to really make that power count.
One older fighter whose power tends to get a bit overlooked is Ron Lyle. Very hard puncher who put everything into his power shots. Brutal right hand.