Originally Posted by janitor
The limiting factor, is what you can do without breaking your hand.
In the bareknuckle period, few punches were thrown, and half the fight was avoiding a broken hand.
You would be able to hit a padded wall with much more force than a brick wall, without hurting yourself.
There is a reason why early knockouts were virtualy unknown in the bareknuckle era.
We are not comparing the bareknuckle era.