Pound-for-pound, Andy Lee punches harder than Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Lucas Matthysse, and Nicholas Walters. At least that’s the opinions of the experts on the HBO network.
On this week’s edition of the HBO Boxing Podcast, hosts Eric Raskin and Kieran Mulvaney ranked their top ten pound-for-pound heaviest punchers, slotting Lee in at tenth position.
Raskin reasoned that “for pure one-shot power, Andy Lee earns a spot on this list.”
Noting his comeback victories over the likes of Craig McEwan, John Jackson, and Matt Korobov, Raskin continued “his punch is so big it makes up for many of his shortcomings and has bailed him out quite a few times.”
Mulvaney drew attention to Lee’s now-famous right hook, stating that “this is a professional prizefighter with an unbelievable southpaw right-hook,” before adding that “I love Andy Lee outside of the ring, the way he conducts himself – he’s very unassuming, he’s very humble.”
Lee will be hoping to use this storied knock-out power to full effect on September 19th when he defends his WBO middleweight title against Billy Joe Saunders in Thomond Park.
The full list was as follows:
10. Andy Lee (Middleweight, Ireland)
9. Takashi Uchiyama (Super Featherweight, Japan)
8. Artur Beterbiyev (Light Heavyweight, Russia)
7. Marcos Maidana (Welterweight, Argentina)
6. Adonis Stevenson (Light Heavyweight, Haiti/Canada)
5. David Lemieux (Middleweight, Canada)
4. Wladimir Klitschko (Heavyweight, Ukraine)
3. Sergey Kovalev (Light Heavyweight, Russia)
2. Gennady Golovkin (Middleweight, Kazakhstan)
1. Román González (Flyweight, Nicaragua)