Mike Tyson ranked just fifth in top 10 biggest heavyweight punchers

Mike Tyson may be arguably the most fearsome boxer to ever step foot in the ring, but he ranks only fifth in the list of the biggest heavyweight punchers of all time.

The former undisputed world champion – dubbed 'The Baddest Man on the Planet' – is still the youngest ever boxer to win a heavyweight title, doing so aged 20.

But Iron Mike's punching power pales in comparison to that of some of today's leading heavyweights, according to a study by William Hill.

The bookmakers analysed data going back to 1962 to determine which fighter had the best knockout ratio in the sport's recent history.

Leading the way is former two-time world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, who took just 2.71 rounds on average to see off opponents from his 60 professional victories.

Behind him was current heavyweight star Deontay Wilder, who has an impressive track record despite his defeat to Tyson Fury in February.

The Bronze Bomber has dispensed of his other adversaries with relative ease, needing just 3.12 rounds per knockout from his 42 wins.

Ex-WBO world champion Tommy Morrison then takes up the final spot on the podium, with a slightly lower average of 3.13.

Pipping Tyson is the first of three British boxers to make the top 10, Frank Bruno, who averaged 3.35 rounds per knockout.

Tyson actually beat Bruno twice during his career, both via stoppages, but took longer to finish off his opponents overall, scoring an average of 3.38 in the study.

Ex-WBO champion Herbie Hide (8) and former WBA champion David Haye (9) were both ranked in the top 10, with respective averages of 3.73 and 3.75.

Other notable inclusions on the list were George Foreman (10th – 3.86), Lennox Lewis (27th – 5.02), Wladimir Klitschko (30th – 5.13), Tyson Fury (45th – 6.03) and Muhammad Ali surprisingly bottom of the pile with a score of 8.68.

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Anthony Joshua did not make the list as the study only analysed fighters who have recorded 100 or more winning rounds in their career (Joshua has 96).

The results may come as a blow to Tyson's reputation, but he will be boosted by scoring higher than his forthcoming opponent Roy Jones Jr, who came 47th with an average of 6.42.

Both veterans face off against each other this Saturday in an eight-round exhibition in Los Angeles.

Top 10 quickest knockout ratios:

Shannon Briggs: 2.71 rounds

Deontay Wilder: 3.12

Tommy Morrison: 3.13

Frank Bruno: 3.35

Mike Tyson: 3.38

Lamon Brewster: 3.48

Corrie Sanders: 3.64

Herbie Hide: 3.73

David Haye: 3.75

George Foreman: 3.86

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