1 Deontay Wilder

While every boxer on this list possesses remarkable power, few leave their opponents looking the way Wilder leaves them looking after landing his devastating right hand. With 42 knockouts in his 43 wins, he touches opponents and they tend to go to sleep.

2 Naoya Inoue

A man of only 118 pounds, Inoue nevertheless punches as hard as a middleweight and has used this power to end 21 of his 24 pro wins inside the distance. Measured but explosive, he can finish fights early or he can finish fights late.

3 Artur Beterbiev

Arguably the scariest fighter on this list, the imposing and intimidating Beterbiev has finished all 18 of his pro fights inside schedule and, like Inoue, has a priceless ability to break opponents both early and late.

4 Gervonta Davis

Twenty-six of Davis’ 28 pro fights have ended before the final bell and he seems, with experience, to be punching harder than ever right now. His 2020 knockout of Leo Santa Cruz was one of the more violent knockouts of recent years and he has registered three additional stoppages since.

5 Gennady Golovkin

Though a faded force these days, Golovkin, with 37 stoppages from 42 wins, remains one of the heaviest hitters not only at middleweight but in the sport. Now 40, there was a time circa 2014 when the Kazakh’s power terrified an entire division.

Naoya Inoue attacks Paul Butler in Tokyo (Naoki Fukuda)

6 Vergil Ortiz Jnr

One of the new breed, Ortiz Jnr is still to be properly tested as a pro but has shown clear signs of power. So far he has won all 19 of his pro fights by knockout and last time out halted England’s Michael McKinson in nine rounds.

7 Joe Joyce

Not your typical power puncher by any means, Joyce instead likes to hunt his prey with relentless aggression before smothering them into submission once they realise there is no way for them to escape. He has used this approach to win 15 straight fights, ending 14 of them inside schedule.

8 David Benavidez

Last seen stopping fellow puncher David Lemieux in five rounds in May, Benavidez has concluded his last six fights inside the distance and boasts an impressive pro record of 26-0 (23).

9 Lawrence Okolie

No doubt disappointed to have been extended last time out by Michal Cieslak, Okolie had before that won seven consecutive fights by stoppage. Long-armed and rangy, he finds power from unusual angles and has ended 14 of his 18 wins early.

10 Leigh Wood

Something of a late bloomer, Nottingham’s Wood has used his power in recent years to win fights early, win fights late, and reduce scorecard deficits. It stays with him, this power, and has ended 16 of his 26 pro wins prematurely.