A lot of people, including boxing coaches such as Freddie Roach, say punching power is a natural ability. It can be improved, but either you are born a powerful striker, or you are not. You cannot learn how to posess knockout power. I disagree. Here is why. Say you have two people weighing 205. One has a devastating punch, the other apparently hasn't the ability of knocking someone out, and has to rely on punches in bunches. Say these are of pretty much the same size, power and speed. What seperates them? Surely it has to be how they use their bodies, after all it is one part of the body connecting to another place on the opponents body (be it the body, the chin, cheek, tempel, etc.) So it's about how they land the punch, where they land it, and how they transfer power into the punch. To take a personal example: I remember back in 2005, being in a few fights where I had to defend myself. One of them pulled the muscles in their neck, the other started crying. But they were never knocked down. I could punch someone and they would keep standing perfectly fine. The past five years I've improved my boxing and added a bit of muscle (though not a whole lot). This year I was playfighting with the son of our national champion in boxing. I didn't even try to land the hook, but he got floored and rolled around like a shrimp. Then, I was attacked outside a bar and on the first punch I knocked him down, and on the second, he got up half a minute later with extremely wobbly. I actually have a hairline fracture because of that last punch. So what's the point of this? The same person with roughly the same speed, size, but better boxing skills, went from not knocking out anyone to knocking people down or out with the first punch. If punching power is a natural ability, how can this be explained? Could Tyson knock out top heavyweights without the boxing skills that learned him how to time a punch, how to drive the punch through, how to be explosive in a punch? Could Anderson Silva have knocked out Forrest Griffin without his boxing skills? Of course not. And why does Anderson have knockout power and Forrest doesn't? I'd say it's simply because Anderson is the superior striker. There are a few other minor points. A superior striker will have superior punches just because he knows he is superior. He feels more relaxed when fighting, and when you can relax in your hands, you'll get the knockout easier than if you try to push it and try to add a lot of power to the punch. Also, the punches that takes the most toll on you is the punch you don't see. So when an experienced striker see an opening and lands a shot with surprise, it will cause more damage than if the opponent could see the shot coming. Again, superior striking is the key to the knockout. In grappling, your choke will probably be weak the first time you try to apply a rear naked choke. But after a while you train for the choke to be applied harder and more correctly, when you learn what muscles to flex and how to stretch out, you will be able to do the same choke without using as much force. This is why I think punching power is something to be learned, and something which in most cases is not a natural ability. But I'm open to anyone who would refuse this and give a few examples of why it isn't the case. Thoughts?