The perfect boxers DNA is made up of several key ingredients, dazzling footwork, impeccable timing, a chin made of stone, and arguably the biggest factor, knockout power. For any fighter, there is nothing more exciting and emphatic than making your opponent be forced to stop.
So, if you’re a fan of the Rockem Sockem heavyhanded style of boxing, then here are a few who can almost guarantee some fireworks:
Anthony Joshua – 100%
There’s no better place to start than with the new king of the heavyweights. Arguably the most lucrative fighter in professional boxing, AJ has smoothly transitioned from Olympic gold medalist to unified heavyweight champion in just under four years.
After spectacularly knocking out heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko in April, the current IBF, WBO and WBA champion is still looking to be taken to the judge’s decision. Prior to finishing off Klitschko in the 11th round, AJ had never even been taken past the seventh and already has a record of 19 fights, 19 knockouts.
Deontay Wilder – 97%
Could 2018 be the year that we finally see Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua go to battle? If so, you can almost guarantee that a knockout is on the cards.
Like Joshua, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ is another former Olympian who has swiftly seen himself become a world champion. Having held the WBC crown for two years, Wilder has steamrolled through anyone put in front of him.
In 38 professional contests, the 6ft 7inch American heavyweight has stopped all but one of his opponents inside the distance, a staggering 18 of them coming in the first round.
Gervonta Davis – 95%
The man who has been dubbed as the next Floyd Mayweather, Davis has certainly already shown us just why his team calls him ‘Tank’.
Still only 22-years-old, under the guidance of his mentor and manager, Davis is already a former IBF super-featherweight champion and his lightning hand speed and brutal power are a few reasons why he is regarded as one of boxing’s hottest prospects.
In his 19 bouts, Davis has only been taken the distance once in his career and has dispatched everyone with relative ease, the kid from Baltimore has also knocked out his 10 previous opponents.
Gennady Golovkin – 87%
Behind that trademark smile, Triple G must have felt a little shocked that he didn’t come away with his 38th consecutive victory after his middleweight mega-fight with Canelo Alvarez. Never the less, Golovkin still remains the unified middleweight king after leaving the T-mobile arena with his WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO’s belts.
During his 11-year career, the cornerstone of Golovkin’s legacy has been built around his monstrous power. Known for comfortably knocking out heavyweights during sparing, it’s no surprise that he has almost blown through everybody in the 160-pound division.
Prior to picking up a unanimous points decision over Danny Jacobs in March, Golovkin had won his previous 23 fights via knockout over a nine-year period. Out of his 37 victories, 33 have had to be stopped.
Errol Spence Jr – 86%
Much like Davis, Errol Spence is considered by many to be America’s top prospect. The star performer in USA’s 2012 Olympic team, the current IBF welterweight champion was voted as ESPN’s top prospect of 2015 and has certainly lived up to the hype.
In his last nine contests, ‘The Truth’ has been in sensational form and has won all contests by way of knockout, Spence has even added some of the division’s top names to his list of victims.
Over the past 18 months, Jr has destroyed the likes of former world champion Chris Algieri with a brutal fifth-round stoppage and even came to Britain to stop Kell Brook and capture the IBF title.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk – 86%
Unlike many names on this list, Gvozdyk has waited till his later years before he has started to make a name for himself.
Already aged 30, the Ukrainian light-heavyweight has enjoyed a long and successful amateur career, with almost 250 amateur bouts behind him, Gvozdyk is an Olympic bronze medalist who is really starting to catch the eye in the light-heavyweight division.
Although he may have only turned pro in 2014, Gvozdyk is wasting no time and has already stopped 12 of his 14 opponents. That list includes former world title challenger Isaac Chilemba who he forced to retire in his corner.
The man dubbed ‘The Nail’ looks set to step up and face pound for pound king Andre Ward.
Miguel Berchelt – 85%
Miguel Berchelt is another world champion to come off the Mexican conveyor belt. Although the Mexican star may only be 25-years-old he is already a 33 fight veteran and he currently holds the WBC super-featherweight title.
Only ranked behind Vasyl Lomachenko in the world rankings, Berchelt has won 28 of his 33 fights via knockout and only has a single loss to his name.
After dominating fellow countryman Franciso Vargas and knocking him out in the 11th round, Berchelt had won all his previous 17 bouts via knockout.
Daniel Jacobs – 85%
Danny Jacobs battle to overcome cancer and become a world champion is really a testament to why he is called ‘Miracle Man’.
Although his illness may have seen him leave the sport for 19 months, Jacobs has shown that his knockout power hasn’t gone anywhere. Even coming off the back of a defeat to GGG earlier this year, Jacobs has proven why he is still ranked as one of the most dangerous middleweights on the planet.
Before his loss in March, Jacobs had been in dominating form, since his return to boxing in 2012, he had previously won all 13 of his contest by knockout, including a huge first round win over former world champion Peter Quillin.