Ranking the hardest punchers in heavyweight history

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  1. dmt

    dmt Hardest hitting hw ever Full Member

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    Hardest right hands (no order):

    Foreman
    Lewis
    Wilder
    Coetzee
    Tyson
    Louis
    Baer

    Hardest left hooks (no order)

    Tua
    Morrison
    Louis
    Liston
    Cooney

    Hardest right uppercuts:

    Foreman
    Lewis
    Liston
    Tyson

    Overall two handed hitters:

    Foreman (great right hand, uppercut, left hook)
    Liston
    Tyson
    Louis (maybe slightly less raw power than a Foreman or a Liston but greater handspeed and precision)
     
  2. Seamus

    Seamus Devotee of the Little Red Book Full Member

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    Coetzee doesn't belong. His power was the result of allotta hype. Tyson and Louis could turn the trick and had plenty of power but were more speed merchants. Baer was a slob but a hard hitter against the lot that he fought. Wilder is a much better choice in that mold.

    And finally, WLAD KLITSCHKO had arguably the greatest right hand the division ever saw. Reluctant to engage as he was, when he threw that punch it was devastating. Too much footage, too much anecdotal testimony, too much trainer talk about that right hand.
     
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  3. BELLERS

    BELLERS Member Full Member

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    Wilder is probably the worst HW Champ in modern times. Don't believe the hype.
    Ever been to a fairground & had a go on the punch machine ? That is what I'm likening Wilders 'amazing' right to.
    A 6'8" fella with his limited skill, who fights tin cans can be (and has been) a champ.
    I’m fairly sure you get the point I'm trying to make.
     
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  4. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

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    Any amalgamation of Wilder, Liston, Foreman, Wlad, Shavers, Baer and Tyson is fine IMO.
     
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  5. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

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    Excellent webpage by the way. Love how the top fades to black when you scroll down to read. Impressive...most impressive.
     
  6. Gudetama

    Gudetama Active Member Full Member

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    My attempt for today:
    1. Shavers
    2. Foreman
    3. Wilder
    4. Baer
    5. Tyson
    6. Liston
    7. W Klitschko
    8. Tua
    9. Lewis
    10. Louis
    11. Morrison
    12. Dempsey
    13. Marciano
    14. Cooney
    15. C Williams
    16. Ruddock
    17. Bruno
    18. Langford
    19. Frazier
    20. Coetzee
     
  7. Entaowed

    Entaowed Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Seamus is right. It is hard to get some people to understand that hardest hitters may not correlate with BEST.
    Very few of the very best sluggers are the very greatest punchers.
    Speed, combinations accuracy & volume are more primary to how effective they are.

    Guys like Frazier. Dempsey. Marciano. Even Tyson & Louis...

    Were NOT the very hardest hitters even in their own times!
    Oh sure they hit really hard-compared to even an average athlete of their size or bigger.

    But they did not hot as hard as some others.
    We can go by testimony of contemporaries or see the effect of single blows-even then we must adjust for someone like Tyson, who yes hit really hard: but if unlike say a Foreman, Bruno Ruddock Morrison Tua...You are less likely to see it coming to brace or roll with it, due to speed, & MORE likely to be hit flush...

    His punches would have more impact than even predicted if you could measure the precise amount of force created.
    There really is no doubt about this.
     
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  8. Big Ukrainian

    Big Ukrainian Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Wlad had enormous power in right hand and especially in his left hook.

    Sanders had the hardest left hand in boxing history (straight punch)

    Tyson's left hook was excellent as well as Bowe's right uppercut
     
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  9. Gudetama

    Gudetama Active Member Full Member

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    Good points, well made. And if this post had been the OP, I may have been inclined to put Joe Louis at the top of my 20. My list was a mish-mash of biggest/hardest/best.
     
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  10. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    1. Shavers/Baer
    2. Shavers/Baer
    3. Cleveland Williams
    4. Sonny Liston
    5. George Foreman

    Now if we were ranking Best punchers from the above list, it'd be

    1. Liston
    2. Foreman.
    3. Baer
    4. Williams
    5. Shavers.
     
  11. dmt

    dmt Hardest hitting hw ever Full Member

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    I should have included Shavers in the right hand category. And if we are counting straight lefts, than Sanders should be included as well. Wlad too.
     
  12. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    There are probably about fifty or so heavyweights at least who are interchangeable as "the hardest puncher". Maybe hundreds, possibly even a thousand ... or thousands.
    It's a bit pointless to wonder who hit hardest. Lots of heavyweights have carried an excess of punching power.
     
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  13. louis54

    louis54 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Hes right as usual
    Free huey and
    The morlocks
     
  14. KidDynamite

    KidDynamite Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Elite, best of the best in terms of power, in no particular order

    Shavers
    Foreman
    Wlad
    Tyson
    Wilder
    Tua
    Liston
    Ruddock

    I consider the list above to be a tier above the rest in terms of power
     
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  15. It's Ovah

    It's Ovah I am very physically burn you Full Member

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    Haven't bothered to look at the list but I can guess it's the usual suspects.

    These things aren't really about genuinely answering the question and much more about stroking fanboy egos and keeping the nostalgia train chugging.
     
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