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CompuBox: Inside The Numbers - The Body Shot Report

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Last Saturday, Vasiliy Lomachenko stopped Jorge Linares with body shot heard round the world.  Ironically, Lomachenko ranks near the bottom of the list of top body punchers in the game today.  So do fellow pound for pound contenders Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Mikey Garcia, GGG, Oleksandr Usyk and Billy Joe Saunders. 

CompuBox looks at their pct of body shots landed to pct. of total punches landed.  CompuBox also reports on the top body punchers in the game today as well as where past notable champs rank on the pct. of body shots landed list.

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A WHO'S WHO OF HEAD HUNTERS
                                                                                                                                  BODY LANDED PCT.
DEONTAY WILDER                                                                                                   10.8%
MIKEY GARCIA                                                                                                           13.8%
GENNADY GOLOVKIN                                                                                              14.4%   
BJ SAUNDERS                                                                                                             14.4%
VASIYIL LOMACHENKO                                                                                          17.0% 
TERENCE CRAWFORD                                                                                             21.0%
OLEKSANDR USYK                                                                                                    21.3%
ANTHONY JOSHUA                                                                                                   22.7%
                                                                                                          CompuBox avg.:  23.2%

Apparently a better than average body attack does not equate to potential membership in boxing's pound for pound ratings, as Lomachenko (CompuBox's plus/minus leader), GGG, Crawford, Saunders, Garcia, Wilder , Joshua & Usyk  all land below the CompuBox avg for body shots landed/total punches landed.   

BODY LANDED PCT. LEADERS - ACTIVE FIGHTERS
                                                                                                                                  BODY LANDED PCT.
JOSEPH PARKER                                                                                                        39.6% 
DANNY GARCIA                                                                                                           38.3%   
SOR RUNGVISAI                                                                                                          36.9%
ADONIS STEVENSON                                                                                                 35.4 %
JORGE LINARES                                                                                                          35.4%

Parker ranks #1 in pct., but lands just 3.9 body shots per round among his 9.5 punches landed per round. Sor Rungvisai lands 8 body shots per round- #1 among active fighters 

BODY LANDED PCT.  - NOTABLE  PAST CHAMPS
                                                                                                                BODY LANDED PCT
JOE FRAZIER                                                                                                       41.0%
SONNY LISTON                                                                                                   35.9%
ANDRE WARD                                                                                                     29.6%
FLOYD MAYWEATHER                                                                                     19.3 %
MUHAMMAD ALI                                                                                               14.1%
VITALI KLITSCHKO                                                                                            7.0%

Smokin Joe wrote the book on inside fighting.   Vitali was the ultimate head hunter.  Most of Floyd's landed body shots were with his jab. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Robbie Barrett on 05-17-2018

It amazes me that these compubox guys probably make a nice paycheck and get to go to all the big fights for selling ****. A 1 year old randomly pressing the controls could probably come up with more accurate numbers.

Comment by rcfchess on 05-17-2018

Muhammad Ali - almost every punch he threw was to the head! Watch footage of his fights: it was extremely rare for him to throw a punch to the body. Truly exceptional. Just about every other great fighter would throw…

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 05-17-2018

I feel like taller fighters usually end up being head hunters

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