Sergey Kovalev defends his WBO light heavyweight title against Blake Caparello in Atlantic City this weekend and boxing fans and writers have been buzzing about it all week. Fighters who can punch like Kovalev get the boxing public excited.
Bleacher Report's own Kelsey McCarson couldn't even resist making up jokes for twitter:
A horse walks into a bar. Bartender says "Why the long face?". Then Kovalev comes in and punches everyone until they bleed, even the horse.— Kelsey McCarson (@KelseyMcCarson) July 30, 2014
While the Russian knockout machine still has a way to go before he joins the division's all-time elite, there should be no doubt in anybody's mind that he's one of the biggest punchers ever at 175 pounds. But light heavyweight was one of the original eight divisions, so there's a long history there.
These are the top light heavyweight punchers in boxing history.