Issue | Opinion | Premium | May 22 2019

Naoya Inoue or Deontay Wilder: who pound-for-pound is the scariest puncher?

An expert panel answers our questions
Naoya Inoue
Naoya Inoue eyes Lomachenko bout Action Images/Reuters/Lee Smith

Dave Allen
Heavyweight contender
I think they are the two biggest punchers in boxing today. Deontay Wilder is a big heavyweight who can obviously punch very hard but Naoya Inoue, being only a little man, is something special. The way he puts away world-class men is really scary.

Gareth A. Davies
Boxing journalist
Hard to separate. Inoue has carried his power up three weight divisions, but Wilder could be the most fearsome single punch knockout merchant the heavyweight division has ever seen, Even taking the opposition into account, Wilder is fearsome.

Ryan Walsh
British 126lbs champion
It has to be Inoue. He’s only 26 years of age and he could potentially get even stronger as he matures and goes through the divisions. That’s scary.