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Old 10-28-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default Fighters who weren't big punchers but had high KO %

What are some fighters that you can think of that didn't have ATG punching power, but still had a high KO ratio nevertheless? Pretty much guys that used an accumulation of punches to get the stoppage.

First guy to come to mind would be Mike McCallum. Not a big puncher, but punched hard and well enough to stop other fighters.
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The more I look at it the more I come to the conclusion that KO% is not a reliable indicator of power.

If anything it is more a reflection of level of competition.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:39 PM   #4
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Sal Sanchez
Ike Quartey(arguable though)
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Aaron pryor

Edit: beat to it.

Vitali Klitschko

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Old 10-28-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
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Default Re: Fighters who weren't big punchers but had high KO %

Vitali is the very best example IMO.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:34 PM   #7
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Default Re: Fighters who weren't big punchers but had high KO %

Freedie Steele is the perfect epitome of the opposite case: a fighter with purportedly gruesome one punch power with a deceptively middle of the road kayo percentage.


I never thought much of Kelly Pavlik's one punch power. He only knocks guys out by landing zillions of well-placed shots. Yes he was reasonably heavy handed, but not nearly as much so as his record suggests.
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Default Re: Fighters who weren't big punchers but had high KO %

Vitali was my first thought.

He doesn't have one shot KO power, but he has heavy hands to the point that you don't shake it off when he hits you, you carry it with you for the rest of the fight.
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Vitali is the very best example IMO.
I am not sold on the idea that he dosnt have top end power.

It is a case where it is hard to be sure.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:06 PM   #10
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Vitali does have good power, but that's diminished by the fact he throws mostly arm punches. If he sat down on every punch he threw, he'd be devastating to some opponents.

Still though, he's a good example. He battered Shannon Briggs something horrid, and couldn't finish him. Yet Lennox Lewis KO'd a prime Briggs. Says a lot.
Might say more about finishing ability than power.

Briggs looked like he had been through the mill with Dempsey!
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Vitali's power has decreased with age. He's stiff and has bad knees and shoulders. The fluidity and transfer of power just isn't there anymore.

The first one that came to mind, tho he is just borderline, is JCC. Like McCallum he had good power but not great. But opponents, and very good opponents, were stopped for often than not.
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The first one that came to mind, tho he is just borderline, is JCC. Like McCallum he had good power but not great. But opponents, and very good opponents, were stopped for often than not.




Opponents wouldn't be blown away by Chavez, but more often than not they'd be broken down.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:19 PM   #13
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Vitali, anyone who disputes that doesn't know how to throw a punch. He's a strong heavy handed arm puncher, he has never been a powerpuncher, that's why it takes about 1000 connects to stop an opponent on his feet.

That's not really a knock on him, he's great in many ways just not a KO puncher
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The more I look at it the more I come to the conclusion that KO% is not a reliable indicator of power.

If anything it is more a reflection of level of competition.
It's a reflection of a number of things, but primarily a fighter's attitude towards a fight.
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Vitali does have good power, but that's diminished by the fact he throws mostly arm punches. If he sat down on every punch he threw, he'd be devastating to some opponents.

Still though, he's a good example. He battered Shannon Briggs something horrid, and couldn't finish him. Yet Lennox Lewis KO'd a prime Briggs. Says a lot.
That's true, though even when Vitali put his whole body into shots like he did against Sanders, Briggs and Arreola, he was still unable to knock them down. He's a very good example of a heavy handed but not devastating puncher.
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