Ahead of the colossal showdown between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook this Saturday, we’re taking a look at some of the best knockout artists currently in the game. Many boxers have incredible records, even undefeated ones, but not many can boast as many as GGG & Brook. Some of our featured boxers below might just be on a par with them, we’ll let you decide.
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Deontay Wilder – 36 KOs
The WBC heavyweight champion boasts one of the most destructive styles of boxing in the world. Undefeated after 37 fights, stretching back to 2008, with 36 of those victories coming way of knockout. Only Canadian Bermane Stiverne has taken the American the distance, a bout in which Wilder picked up his world title. The ‘Bronze Bomber’ looks set to take on either Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury in the not too distant future, in his bid to unify the division.
Manny Pacquiao – 38 KOs
In a career spanning over 20 years, the Filipino is one of the most recognised fighters in the world, attracting sell-out crowds in Las Vegas every time he fights. He is the first and only eight-division world champion, winning ten world titles along the way. His fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2015 is regarded as the fight of the century. Pacquiao is making his comeback this year, after announcing his retirement in April, taking on Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas.
Canelo Alvarez – 33 KOs
The Mexican approaches his 50th professional fight this month and will be out for his 34th knockout, as he takes on Britain’s Liam Smith for the WBO light middleweight title. Canelo has one of the most impressive records in boxing, losing just once to former middleweight king Floyd Mayweather in an eleven-year career. One of his most famous knockouts came last year when he floored Amir Khan, after which he invited Golovkin to fight him, but it never materialised.
Hugo Ruiz – 32 KOs
The relatively unknown Mexican Hugo Ruiz has been causing havoc in the bantamweight divisions for years. Out of his 39 professional bouts, he’s lost just three times and picked up 32 knockouts along the way. Due to mostly fighting in his homeland, the WBC super-bantamweight title holder is relatively unknown to the boxing world, but a devastating fighter nonetheless.
David Haye – 26 KOs
The London-born former heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion has knocked out just about everyone he’s stepped into a ring with. Out of his 28 professional wins, he’s won 26 of them via knockout including two early stoppages of the two comeback fights he’s won this year. Haye retired in 2012, a year after failing to unify the heavyweight division in a bout with Wladimir Klitschko, but returned in January this year and looks set to go for some of the big names in the heavyweight division now he’s back!
Sergey Kovalev – 26 KOs
Russian unified light heavyweight champion Kovalev, nicknamed the ‘Krusher’, sits at the top of his division with an undefeated record, having amassed an impressive 26 knockouts in his career. Sergey is rated as the second pound for pound boxer in the world, behind only Golovkin. His biggest fight to date comes this November as he takes on undefeated American Andre Ward in Las Vegas.
So there you have it, some of the best knockout artists currently in boxing. How do they match up against our two fighters this weekend?
Challenger Kell Brook sits on 25 knockouts from his 36 undefeated professional bouts, with his previous three fights not making it past the sixth round. He has a long way to go before he can be regarded as a ‘great’ in boxing, but a victory against Golovkin this weekend will put him right up there. His opponent, rated as the best pound for pound boxer in the world, has amassed 32 knockouts from his 35 undefeated bouts. The last time GGG went the distance was back in 2008, defeating the majority of his challengers with his devastating right uppercut.
57 knockouts between them. This one should be a fight to remember.