|Boxing's Biggest Boppers: Top 10 List
By Media Report (Sept 6, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
BOXING’S BIGGEST BOPPERS:
STEVE FARHOOD’S TOP 10 LIST
OF TODAY’S ONE-PUNCH
Two of the Top 3 Will Be Showcased
The Next Two Weeks On SHOWTIME®
NEW YORK –- For
sheer drama, excitement and exhilaration, there are few, if any, spectacles in sports
that can compare to witnessing the sudden, stunning and memorable
ending that comes with a one-punch knockout.
is a Top 10 list of today’s heaviest-handed hitters compiled
by renowned boxing
historian and SHOWTIME analyst Steve Farhood.
of Farhood’s top three will be seen in action in the next two weeks on
SHOWTIME. One is Lucas Matthysse (31-2,
29 KO’s), whom Farhood ranks No. 3. Matthysee meets unbeaten
Nigerian Olusegun Ajose for
the vacant WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Championship this Saturday, Sept. 8, in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9
p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
No. 2, Jhonny Gonzalez (52-7,
45 KO’s), will defend his WBC Featherweight World Championship against
former World Champion Daniel Ponce De
Leon in one of three world title fights on Saturday,Sept.
15, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
In the main event of “Knockout Kings” from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas , Nev. ,
superstar Canelo Alvarez risks his
WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez.
No. 1 one-punch KO artist on the list is Randall Bailey, who was scheduled to defend
his IBF welterweight title against former World Champion Devon Alexander this Saturday,
but withdrew after suffering an injury late last week. The fight will
likely take place this fall on SHOWTIME.
Bailey (43-7, 37 KO’s): The purest right hand in the
game. Just ask welterweight Mike Jones,
who in June was ahead on points when Bailey exploded with a straight right in
round 10, and a fight-ending right uppercut in the 11th round.
Bailey’s hook can be devastating as well. In 1999, he won his first
world title on Showtime with a 41-second left hook knockout of Carlos Gonzalez.
2. Jhonny Gonzalez: History tells us that
rangy, long-armed fighters can be devastating punchers (Thomas Hearns and Bob Foster, for example).
Gonzalez has carried his power from bantamweight to featherweight.
Sixteen of his 18 most recent bouts have ended in four rounds or less.
Check out his hook-to-the-body, hook-to-the-head knockout of Roinet Caballero on YouTube.
3. Lucas Matthysse: Lots of fighters
compile eye-opening knockout stats against mediocre opposition, but
Matthysse has displayed his power against the world’s best
140-pounders. He floored both Zab Judah and Devon Alexander, and his
knockdown of former champion Humberto Soto in June was the first of the Mexican’s 68-bout career.
4. Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO’s)
and Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40
KO’s): No sense separating them; they are both giants, and when they
create maximum leverage with their respective straight right hands, their
opponents fall stiff. Wlad has stopped his opponents in 16 of 19
title-fight wins, and Vitali has done the same in 11 of 14 such wins.
5. Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO’s):
The Argentine middleweight’s knockout percentage isn't overwhelming, but
that’s because Martinez ’s
style is more boxer than puncher. The southpaw’s four most recent
performances, however, have been from the George Foreman School of Carnage:
one-punch knockouts of Paul Williams and Darren Barker, and a combined
eight knockdowns in stoppage wins over Sergiy
Dzinziruk and Matthew Macklin.
6. Adonis Stevenson (18-1, 15 KO’s):
This Canada-based super middleweight hasn’t yet faced the
division’s best, but his concussive power has been evident in all of his
recent wins. The stocky southpaw’s left hand has wrecked Noe Gonzalez, Jesus Gonzalez and Aaron
7. Roman Gonzalez (32-0, 27 KO’s):
You may not recognize the victims on this Nicaraguan powerhouse’s
record. Then again, you may not be aware of Gonzalez at all. Trust
me: he’s a two-division (105 and 108 pounds) titlist who steamrolls his
opponents with constant pressure, exceptional strength and bludgeoning
power. Plus he’s done almost all of his work on the road.
8. Kendall Holt (28-5, 16 KO’s): A
relatively low knockout percentage, especially among this group, but as a
puncher, Holt is his own worst enemy: he often fights far too cautiously.
His one-punch, left hook power has surfaced against quality fighters, such as Timothy Bradley (a particularly vicious
knockdown in round one), Julio Diaz, Ricardo Torres and Tim Coleman.
9. Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KO’s):
Donaire’s one-punch sock surfaced in his two most recent wins; he failed
to stop junior featherweights Jeffrey Mathebula and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., but
downed them along the way for the first time in their respective careers.
With Donaire, it’s almost always the left hook. His knockouts of Vic Darchinyan and Fernando Montiel are highlight-reel
10. Javier Fortuna (20-0, 15 KO’s):
Granted, this Dominican junior lightweight is only beginning to establish
himself as a contender, but his southpaw left has been responsible for the type
of knockout crunch that speaks of a championship future. In his two most
recent starts, he smashed the usually sturdy Cristobal
Cruz and unbeaten prospect Yuandale
Evans. Fortuna’s 2010 knockout of Victor Valenzuela (available on YouTube) is
among the most devastating you’ll ever see.
vs. Matthysse, a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Interim Super Lightweight
World Championship taking place Saturday, September 8 at The Joint At Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in
association with DiBella Entertainment, Gary Shaw Productions and Arano Box
Promotions and sponsored by Corona
and AT&T. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will air live at
9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with middleweight prospects
J’Leon Love and Ramon Valenzuela squaring off in a 10-round co-featured
bout presented in association with Mayweather Promotions. Preliminary
fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT
(delayed on the West Coast).
priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, along with a limited number of VIP suite
seats priced at $150, are on sale and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel
Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone
at (800) 745-3000.
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