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Theo Walcott beats Ricky Hatton’s punch machine score… but who is football’s hardest puncher?

Gunners star impressed after taking part in BT Sports' Hardest Hits challenge

Ricky Hatton needs to have a long, hard look at himself.

We know the ‘Hitman’ isn’t exactly in his prime anymore but surely a former world champion boxer shouldn’t be beaten by Theo Walcott on the punching machine?

The Arsenal forward impressed as he took part in BT Sports’ Hardest Hits challenge — in which footballers are asked to punch a machine as hard as possible.

Theo Walcott packs a harder punch than boxing legend Ricky Hatton

BT Sport
Ready to take on Anthony Joshua…

Footage shows both of Walcott’s attempts on the punching machine, with his second placing him sixth in the table.

His score of 756 exceeded that of Hatton.

Walcott is ahead of former England team-mates Frank Lampard (tenth), Steven Gerrard (15th) and Jermaine Jenas (17th).

The 28-year-old laughed: “Lampard, Stevie G, Jermaine Jenas are all bigger than me but the little man here has beaten all of you.

“I’m not even going to apologise for that either.”

Theo Walcott's score is higher than that of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jermaine Jenas'

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Read it and weep, Jenas!

At the top of the table is West Ham’s Michail Antonio with a monstrous score of 842.

He even puts second-placed British light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde to shame.

football league cult hero Adebayo Akinfenwa – best known for being the strongest man on FIFA – comes in at third.

While Dele Alli and Gareth Bale also boast harder punches than Hatton.

Michail Antonio amazingly recorded a harder hit than Anthony Yarde

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Michail Antonio amazingly recorded a harder hit than Anthony Yarde

West Ham star Michail Antonio punches harder than a light-heavyweight boxer

Don’t mess with Michail

Who do you reckon has what it takes to beat Antonio?

We’d love to see Zlatan have a go…