Ranking the 10 Best Counter Punchers in Boxing History

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Ranking the 10 Best Counter Punchers in Boxing History
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

As a boxing fan, I consider the counter punch the most aesthetically satisfying act in sports. It relies on the opponent's own aggression to draw him into a perfectly set trap.

It's the heart of the sweet science. To be a great counter puncher requires exquisite reflexes and meticulously drilled timing. Feline agility doesn't hurt.

A high percentage of the best pound-for-pound stars in boxing history have been excellent counter punchers. Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson made opponents pay for trying to hit them.

The ageless Archie Moore earned his nickname, "The Old Mongoose" for the way he drew aggressive, would-be cobras to their own doom.

There have been so many great counter punchers in the history of boxing, that even a long list of honorable mentions would be incomplete.   

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