8 Fastest Punches In History

Boxing has been one of the world’s most popular and entertaining sports for centuries, with millions of fans tuning in to watch their favorite fighters step into the ring. While many elements go into making a great fighter, one of the most impressive and awe-inspiring is raw power, especially when it comes to punching.

The speed and force of a punch can determine the outcome of a fight and leave fans on the edge of their seats.

In this article, we’ll look at some of the fastest punchers in boxing history, exploring their careers and showcasing their incredible speed and power.

From legendary champions to up-and-coming stars, these fighters have left an indelible mark on boxing and continue to inspire future generations of fighters.

8. Sugar Ray Leonard

Record Speed: No official record
 Number of Wins: 36
Country of Origin: United States
 Years Active: 1977–1997

Sugar Ray Leonardphoto source: Premier Boxing Champions

Sugar Ray Leonard, also known as Ray Charles Leonard, was an American boxer renowned for his impressive agility and finesse. With a professional record of 36 wins out of 40 matches, he claimed numerous titles, including five world titles in different weight classes and the undisputed welterweight championship.

During the 1980s, Leonard was part of the “Four Kings” group, which also included Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns, and Marvin Hagler, and all these fighters engaged in thrilling battles with each other.

Additionally, Sugar Ray won a gold medal in the light-welterweight category at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Did You Know:

In the 1980s, Leonard has crowned “Boxer of the Decade” and became the first boxer to earn $100 million.

7. Sugar Ray Robinson

Record Speed: No official record
 Number of Wins: 175
Country of Origin: United States
 Years Active: 1940–1965

Sugar Ray Robinsonphoto source: Wikipedia

Sugar Ray Robinson, also known as Walker Smith Jr., was an American professional boxer widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in the sport’s history. He first entered the boxing world in 1940, and by the end of his 25-year career, he had established himself as a world champion in two weight classes: welterweight and middleweight.

With a record of 40 wins in his first 40 fights, Robinson quickly established himself as a dominant force in the ring. He became the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times and finished his career with an impressive 175 victories.

Did You Know:

Sugar Ray Robinson was twice named “fighter of the year” for his exceptional performances in 1942 and 1951 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

6. Pernell Whittaker

Record Speed: No official record
 Number of Wins: 40
Country of Origin: United States
 Years Active: 1984–2001

Pernell Whittakerphoto source: The Fight City

Pernell Whitaker was a legendary American professional boxer and trainer who left a lasting impression on the sport throughout his career, from 1984 to 2001. He was known for his exceptional defense techniques, which made him a formidable opponent in the ring.

The four-weight world champion held titles at lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight and held the undisputed lightweight title and the lineal lightweight and welterweight titles.

Whitaker’s boxing career started at a young age. He had a successful amateur career as a lightweight, winning several major titles, including the US Golden Gloves and a silver medal at the World Boxing Championships in 1982 and a gold medal at the Pan American Sports Games in 1983, a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

After retiring from boxing, Whitaker returned to the sport as a trainer.

Did You Know:

Pernell Whitaker was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006, his first year of eligibility.

5. “Sugar” Shane Mosley

Record Speed: No official record
 Number of Wins: 49
Country of Origin: United States
 Years Active: 1993–2016

"Sugar" Shane Mosleyphoto source: The Fight City

Shane Mosley, a former three-weight-class world champion, has been an icon in boxing for over two decades. With a career spanning 23 years and 3 months, Mosley stepped into the ring 61 times and emerged victorious in 49 of those bouts, with 10 losses and 1 draw.

His boxing record at the end of his last professional fight, which took place on May 28, 2016, stood at an impressive 49 wins, 10 losses, and 1 draw, with 41 knockouts to his name and just 1 KO loss.

Mosley made his professional debut at 21 on February 11, 1993, and has been a dominant force in the sport since then. In recognition of his achievements, Mosley has been honored multiple times by prestigious organizations in the boxing world.

In 1998, the Boxing Writers Association of America named Mosley their Fighter of the Year, and in 2000, he received the same honor from the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Did You Know:

The Ring magazine named Mosley the world’s best active boxer, pound for pound, in 2000 and 2001.

4. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Record Speed: No official record
 Number of Wins: 50
Country of Origin: United States
 Years Active: 1996–2017

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a retired professional boxer with an illustrious career spanning 20 years and 10 months, with a record of 50 wins and no losses. He made his professional debut at 19 and is a former five-weight world champion.

He is widely regarded as the best defensive boxer in history and the most accurate puncher in recorded boxing history, with an unmatched plus-minus ratio.

Mayweather has 26 consecutive world championship victories, 23 lineal title wins, 24 wins against previous or current world champions, 12 wins against champions, and 5 against Boxing Hall of Fame entrants.

Did You Know:

Mayweather was dubbed with the moniker “Pretty Boy” in his amateur boxing days, a nod to his pristine appearance in the ring due to his exceptional defensive techniques.

3. Muhammad Ali

Record Speed: 12 punches in 2.8 seconds
 Number of Wins: 56
Country of Origin: United States
 Years Active: 1960–1981

Muhammad Aliphoto source: The Washington Post

Muhammad Ali, the legendary American professional boxer and social activist was best known for being the first to hold the world heavyweight championship three times and defending the title 19 times. He was also famous for his engaging and entertaining personality, known for his rhyming trash talk and bold predictions about his fights.

Throughout his career, Ali was involved in some of the most memorable and historic boxing matches, including his bouts with Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and the Thrilla in Manila. In addition, he was known for his quick wit, sharp tongue, and impressive speed, with a record of delivering 12 punches in just 3 seconds in a 1966 fight against Brian London.

Did You Know:

Despite his greatness in the ring, Ali’s later years were marred by physical decline due to brain damage sustained from repeated blows to the head.

2. Manny Pacquiao

Record Speed: 1,200 punches/over a hundred punches per round
 Number of Wins: 62
Country of Origin: Philippines
 Years Active: 1995–2021

Manny Pacquiaophoto source: Bleacher Report

Manny Pacquiao is a world-famous professional boxer and politician who rose from poverty to become one of the greatest boxers in history. He is the only eight-division world champion and holds twelve major world titles.

Pacquiao is the first boxer to win major world titles in four of the eight “glamour divisions” and the first to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. He is also the only boxer to hold world titles across four decades. His high-volume style of boxing, averaging over 100 punches a round, has made him a fan favorite.

His fights have generated $1.2 billion in revenue from 25 pay-per-view bouts, and he was listed as the second highest paid athlete in the world by Forbes in 2015.

Pacquiao’s rise to success and charismatic personality have made him a celebrity and a unifying force in the Philippines, with numerous commercial endorsements, movies, television shows, CDs, and even a postage stamp bearing his image.

Did You Know:

In 2019, Pacquiao became the oldest welterweight world champion in history at 40 and has since become a four-time welterweight champion.

1. Keith Liddel

Record Speed: 45 miles per hour
 Number of Wins: unknown
Country of Origin: United States
 Years Active: 2009-present

Keith Liddelphoto source: Wikipedia

Keith Liddel’s record-breaking punch, registered at an incredible speed of 45 miles per hour, has earned him a place in the prestigious Guinness World Records as having the fastest punch of all time.

Liddell, a multi-talented individual with a background in mathematics and authorship, has left a lasting impression on martial arts. In 2012, Liddell was selected to represent his country at the Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.

As a resident of Logan Square, the 26-year-old Liddell has made a name for himself with his exceptional martial arts abilities. On October 6, at the Body Tac Karate Dojo in South Shore, Liddell executed a punch measured at a speed of 45 mph, earning him the title of the owner of the world’s fastest martial arts punch.

Liddell’s journey to breaking records was not an easy one. In 2009, a double hernia dashed his Olympic boxing dreams. After that, however, his coach saw potential in him and suggested he set his sights on breaking records instead.

Did You Know:

According to Liddell, he trained for four years, putting in countless hours of hard work and dedication to achieve his goal of holding the record for the fastest punch in the world.

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