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Who Were the Greatest Knockout Kings in the History of Boxing?

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By Ken Hissner: British boxer London’s middleweight Billy Bird, 260-73-20, scored either 132 or 139 knockouts from 1920 to 1948, depending on the records shown.

Former light heavyweight champion of San Diego, CA, Archie “Old Mongoose” Moore, 186-23-10, scored 132 knockouts from 1935 to 1963.

Macon, Georgia’s Young “King of the Canebrakes” Stribling, 224-13-14, scored 129 knockouts from 1921 to 1933.

Canadian born ob Boston, MASS, Sam “The Boston Bonecrusher” Langford, 178-29-38 scored 126 knockouts from 1902-1926. Mexico City’s Kid “Chino” Azteca, 192-47-11, scored 114 knockouts from 1929 to 1961.

Detroit, Michigan’s Welterweight and Middleweight champion “Sugar” Ray Robinson, 174-19-6 with 109 knockouts from 1940 to 1965.

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Boxers with high percentage knockouts in their career are Venezuela’s WBA Super Featherweight and WBC Lightweight champion Edwin “El Inca Dinamita” Valero, 27-0 with 27 knockouts.

He is reported to have hung himself in his cell after being accused of murdering his wife.

Cedar City, Utah’s heavyweight LaMar Clark, 43-3 with 42 knockouts with only his debut a win by decision. His career ended at the hands of Muhammad Ali then Cassius Clay in his sixth bout.

Warren, Ohio heavyweight Earnie “Back Destroyer” Shavers, 74-14-1 with 68 knockouts. Some of those who fought Shavers, such as Muhammad Ali, said, “Earnie hit me so hard, it shook my kinfolk back in Africa!”

Another heavyweight champion Larry “Easton Assassin,” Holmes said, “Earnie hit me harder than any other fighter, including Mike Tyson….being hit by Tyson was like being hit by a speeding Ferrari.

Being hit by Shavers was like being hit by a Mack Truck.” Ron Lyle said, “Hey man, that’s the hardest I’ve ever been hit in my life. And George Foreman could punch, but none of them could hit like Earnie Shavers did. When he hits you, the lights went out. I can laugh about it now, but at the time, it wasn’t funny.”

Randall “Tex” Cobb said, “Nobody hits like Shavers. If anybody hit harder than Shavers, I’d shoot him……Earnie could punch you in the neck with his right hand and break your ankle.”

Former Houston, Texas, world heavyweight champion “Big” George Foreman, 76-5 with 68 knockouts. WBO and WBC heavyweight champion Ukraine’s Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko, 45-2 with 41 knockouts. His brother WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko, 64-5 with 53 knockouts.

Detroit, Michigan’s WBA Welter, WBC Light Middle, WBC Middle, WBO Super Middle, WBC, and WBA Light Heavyweight champion Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, 61-5-1 with 48 knockouts.

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Mexico’s WBC Super Featherweight, WBA and WBC Lightweight, WBC and IBF Light Welterweight champion Julio “J.C.” Cesar Chavez, 107-6-2 with 85 knockouts.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 42-1-1 with 41 knockouts. Brooklyn, NY’s WBC, WBO, and IBF heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson, 50-6 with 44 knockouts. Detroit, Michigan’s heavyweight champion Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis, 66-3 with 52 knockouts.

From St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, WBA Light Middleweight and WBC Middleweight champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, 55-6 with 49 knockouts. Mexico City’s WBC Bantamweight champion Carlos “Canas” Zarate, 66-4 with 63 knockouts. Puerto Rico’s WBC Super Bantamweight, WBC Featherweight, and WBA Super Featherweight champion Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez, 44-3-1 with 42 knockouts. Mexico City’s WBA and WBC Bantamweight, WBA, and WBC Featherweight champion Ruben “El Puas” Olivares, 89-13-3 with 79 knockouts.

Unbeaten heavyweight champion from Brockton, MASS., Rocky “The Brockton Blockbuster” Marciano, 49-0 with 43 knockouts. Butte, Montana’s world Middleweight champion Stanley “The Michigan Assassin” Ketchel, 49-5-3 with 46 knockouts.

Philadelphia’s Light Heavyweight Billy “Blackjack” Fox, 49-9-1 with 48 knockouts. At the start of his career, he had 43 knockouts at the start of his career from 1943 to 1947.

Also, from Philly Earl “The Pearl” Hargrove with 24 from 1979-1984, Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, 19 from 1969-1971, and Tyrone “Two Guns” Brunson, 19 from 2005-2008.

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