Wake Me When It's Over: Twelve Champions with the Lowest Knockout Percentages

Tyler CurtisAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2010

Wake Me When It's Over: Twelve Champions with the Lowest Knockout Percentages

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    The saying is that a puncher is born and not made. Obviously, you can change your punching technique and sit on your punches more to hit harder.

    Some fighters are just great boxers so they don’t need to bang. Other fighters just don’t have the punching power and never will.

    On this list we will find boxers who fall into one of those two categories. There will be one fighter on this list who falls into the exciting category and that’s about it.

    When you see these fighters on television, you just let out a groan and turn the channel. These knockout percentages include losses as well.

    So let's get to the 10 most feather-fisted champions.

No. 12: Timothy Bradley

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    NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 10:  Timothy Bradley (L) connects with a right cross on Junior Witter during their WBC Light Welterweight fight on May 10, 2008 at Nottingham Ice Arena in Nottingham, England. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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    The WBO light welterweight champion is 26-0 with one no contest. He has 11 knockouts for a 40.74 KO percentage.

    Bradley finds himself on this list because there are a couple ties in the Top 10. He is an exciting fighter and someone who is enjoyable to watch.

    He is starting to sit on his punches more and in his last few fights he has looked like a harder puncher. Only fighter on the list that I personally enjoy watching.

No. 11: Felix Sturm

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    LAS VEGAS -  JUNE 5:  Felix Sturm of Germany raises his arm after his fight against Oscar De La Hoya of the USA after their WBO World Middleweight Championship at the MGM Grand Garden Casino on June 5, 2004  in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/G
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    The WBA super middleweight champion is 34-2-1. He has 14 knockouts for a 37.84 KO percentage.

    Sturm falls into the excellent boxer category. He is a very good technical boxer and he sticks to his guns.

    He isn’t a brawler and has an OK punch, but he isn’t going to win any full-fledged brawls. He has been the WBA champion since 2007 and only has two knockout wins in that time.

    Not a boring fighter to watch, but not a fighter people look for on their television.

No. 9 (tie): Mzonke Fana

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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 08: Mzonke Fana and Roberto Arrieta in action during the IBF junior lightweight eliminator between Mzonke Fana and Roberto Arrieta at Nasrec Indoor Arena on December 8, 2006 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Le
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    The IBF super featherweight champion is 30-4. He has 12 knockouts for a 35.29 KO percentage.

    Fana is a newly-crowned champion as he won the title in his last fight against Cassius Baloyi. This is his second run as the IBF champion.

    He has actually been on a knockout binge as of late. In his last five fights he is 4-1 with three of those wins coming by knockout.

    If he keeps up that pace he will be off this list very soon.

No. 9 (tie): Steve Molitor

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    HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Steve Molitor of Canada lands a punch on Michael Hunter of Great Britain during the IBF Super Bantamweight Crown at Borough Hall on November 10, 2006 in Hartlepool, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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    The IBF super bantamweight champion is 33-1 with 12 knockouts for a 35.29 KO percentage.

    Molitor has identical numbers to Fana and even holds the IBF title in his division.

    Molitor is a two-time champion in the super bantamweight division and is currently the IBF champion. He is a slick southpaw boxer.

    He relies on his brains more than his brawn and out-slicks opponents. He was a fun boxer to watch, but his 2008 loss to Celestino Caballero changed that.

    He is still slick, but seems hesitant to pull the trigger now. He won't be racking up any knockouts soon.

No. 8: Oleydong Sithsamerchai

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    The WBC minimumweight champion is 34-0-1. He has 12 knockouts for a 34.29 KO percentage.

    We go from the largest man on the list to the smallest man on the list. Sithsamerchai is the only fighter from the minimumweight class on this list and that surprised me a little bit.

    He hasn’t scored a knockout since he had back-to-back ones in 2008. He is currently riding a six-fight points streak.

    In his last fight he was held to a draw. He has held the WBC title since 2007.

No. 6 (tie): Sebastian Zbik

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 30:  WBC Interim Middleweight World Championship Sebastian Zbik (R) and a visitor of the Oktoberfest pose for a picture at the Hippodrom beer tent on September 30, 2009 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Imag
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    The current interim WBC middleweight champion has 10 knockouts in 30 bouts (30-0) for a 33.33 KO percentage.

    It must be something in the water in Germany. Zbik is the second German middleweight champion to fall on this list.

    Zbik is the current interim WBC champion and hasn’t knocked anyone out in his last five fights. His last knockout came in 2009.

    He has averaged one knockout a year since 2007. In that time he is 14-0 with the three knockouts.

No. 6 (tie): Omar Nino Romero

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 18:  (R-L) Omar Nino of Mexico puts his arms up in celebration after his light flyweight title bout against Brian Viloria at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 18, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nino won by majority draw to remain WBC c
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    Romero, the WBC light flyweight champion, is 30-3-2 with 12 knockouts for a 33.33 KO percentage.

    Romero is currently in his second tour of duty as the WBC champion. He scored a knockout in his last fight when he made Ronald Barrera retire after six rounds.

    That is his only knockout victory since 2005. He is 9-1-1 with one no contest since 2005. In those nine wins he has only one knockout.

    Romero is 34 and won't be racking up many knockouts late in his career.

No. 5: Anselmo Moreno

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    Moreno is the WBA bantamweight champion. He record of 30-1-1 includes 10 knockouts for a 31.25 KO percentage.

    Moreno is the longstanding WBA champion at bantamweight. He has been racking up points wins ever since winning the title.

    He is 9-0 with one knockout win since winning the title. The only knockout win in that time was a TKO-11 last year.

    He is a pure boxer who doesn’t have the need to go in the trenches and trade power shots.

No. 4: Luis Alberto Lazarte

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    The IBF light flyweight champion is 48-9-1 with 18 knockouts for a KO percentage of 30.51.

    Lazarte is a new champion after upsetting Carlos Tamara earlier this year for the IBF title. He has very little punching power and has never knocked out a top-flight opponent.

    He has fought mostly journeymen and that’s how he got his 18 knockouts. He has one knockout since 2007.

    He defended his title once and may not be holding onto it very long.

No. 3: Vitali Tajbert

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    ATHENS - AUGUST 28:  Vitali Tajbert of Germany receives the Bronze medal during the ceremony for the men's boxing 57 kg class on August 28, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Al B
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    Tajbert, the WBC super featherweight champion, is 20-1 with six knockouts for a 28.57 KO percentage.

    We welcome our first fighter to have single-digit knockouts and the first to have a knockout percentage under 30 percent.

    He is only the second, but not the last fighter, from the super featherweight division. With six knockouts he actually has the least amount of any fighter on the list.

    He hasn’t scored a knockout victory since winning fight against Youssouf Djibab (15-12-2) in 2007. He scored three of his knockouts in his first four fights.

    He is 6-1 in his last seven fights and has won all of them on points.

No. 2: Nobuhrio Ishida

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    Interim WBA light middleweight champion Ishida is 22-5-2 with only seven knockouts for a 24.14 KO percentage.

    Two of his knockouts have come against fighters without a win and he has only knocked out one fighter with a winning record.

    He scored his last knockout in 2008.

    Somehow he has knocked out Tatsuki Kawasaki two times in his professional career. Kawasaki may have the worst chin in all of boxing.

No. 1: Ricky Burns

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    LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 09:  Carl Johanneson (l) punches Ricky Burns  during the British Super Featherweight title fight between Carl Johanneson and Ricky Burns at Leeds Town Hall on February 9, 2007 in Leeds, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Gett
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    WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns has only seven knockouts in 31 fights (29-2) for a 22.58 KO percentage.

    Burns is the winner, or loser, depending on how you look at it. He became the WBO super featherweight champion by shocking previously undefeated Roman Martinez just 11 days ago.

    He is 5-0 with two KO in his last five, which is a knockout binge for him. He scored the knockouts in back-to-back fights in 2008 and 2009.

    He is currently riding a three-fight points win streak. He has only knocked out two respectable fighters in his seven.

    Burns may not hold onto the title long and having such little power won’t help him.