Julian Jackson – the hardest puncher in boxing history?

Monday, October 07, 2019

In a recent interview with Brendan Schaub on the Big Brown Breakdown, former boxing champion and now sparring partner of Conor McGregor, Paulie Malignaggi, commented that while many people out there have respectable punching power (such as Conor McGregor himself), very few fighters out there possess what he calls ‘Oh my God power.’

Former WBC middleweight and WBA super-welterweight champion Julian Jackson is most certainly one of those select few who possesses ‘Oh my God Power.’

In this video from martial arts YouTube channel ‘MindSmash,’ we see Julian Jackson’s power broken down and find out how he was able to hit with so much force.

Like the video description makes note of, there is most certainly a genetic influence on punching power. Some people are just naturally more powerful than others. However, there is still a lot of technique involved too and if you just have power with no technique behind it, you are never going to be able to land those shots against a high-level opponent.

Out of Jackson’s 55 total professional career wins, 49 of those came by way of knockout, often times in brutal fashion. As a champion, he reigned in the late 80s all the way to the mid-nineties in both the super-welterweight and middleweight divisions. In 2003, The Ring magazine ranked Jackson at number 25 on a list of the 100 greatest punchers ever.

Julian Jackson (born September 12, 1960) is a former professional boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands who competed from 1981 to 1998. He is a three-time world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBA super welterweight title from 1987 to 1990, and the WBC middleweight title twice between 1990 and 1995. Possessing formidable knockout power, Jackson is regarded by many as one of the hardest punchers in boxing history, pound for pound, and was ranked number 25 by The Ring magazine in a 2003 list of “100 Greatest Punchers”. [Source: Wiki]