Esteemed former Teddy Atlas has named who he believes to be the biggest puncher in the sport at the minute, and his answer is unlikely to come as a surprise to many.
Atlas worked with some of the biggest punchers the heavyweight division has seen over the past thirty years, including the likes of Mike Tyson and Alexander Povetkin.
It should be little shock, then, that it is a member of the blue ribbon division is who Atlas said is the hardest hitter in the sport, when speaking on his podcast THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas.
And there are no prizes for guessing that Atlas bestowed the high praise upon former world champion Deontay Wilder.
“Wilder’s the best puncher in boxing. Not the best boxer, but yes the best puncher.”
With Wilder having stopped all bar one of the 43 men to have shared a professional ring with him, it is hard to argue against Atlas’ choice.
Tyson Fury is of course the only man to avoid that fate, having dramatically risen in the final round to survive a devastating Wilder combination when the pair first met back back in 2018.
Fury was harshly only awarded a draw that night, but was later vindicated with back to back stoppage wins over ‘The Bronze Bomber’ to conclude one of the great heavyweight trilogies in recent years.
Wilder could be in line for another blockbuster fight towards the end of this year, with talks underway for him to face Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in December.
The plan from Skills Challenge Group is reportedly to stage the fight on the same card as Fury vs Oleksandr Uysk for undisputed, in what would be an unprecedented night for the sport.