The Top 10 Hardest American Punchers of All Time

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The Top 10 Hardest American Punchers

Boxing has a rich history of both famous and infamous characters, each a specialist in their own right. There is something about a fighter with crippling power that provides a white knuckle experience with each performance.

Regardless if the power puncher is desperately behind on points, there is a palpable sense that a dramatic finish may hang mere seconds away and keeps fight aficionados on the edge of their seats. Such endings leave spectators wandering from the arena (or couch) charged with excitement and already speculating who the slugger will face next and when.

Compiling and listing in order the top 10 such American men is no easy task. Initially,“The Boston Tar Baby” Sam Langford 179-30-39, 128 KOs made the list until it came to light that he is not from Boston at all, but born in Nova Scotia, Canada.

John L. Sullivan (38-1-1, 32 KOs) was also a strong contender for the list, but ultimately didn’t make the cut as the others showed consistent paralyzing power spanning far more career bouts.

The following list is a Murderer’s Row of the 10 most devastating punchers in U.S. fighters in boxing history.


Sound off in the comment section on who you think is the hardest American puncher of all time.

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