Originally Posted by Unforgiven
The British HWs of the 1930s and 1940s were as good, or better, relative to 'world standard', as almost any time before or after.
In truth, Brits have never had a particularly strong HW crop ever.
I agree to an extent. I think the 1955-1966 crop of british heavyweights were also world class and beat good international opponents as well as each other. They were genuine rated contenders on par with the american based crop IMO. excluding champions the rated brits were as good as anyone.
Cooper, richardson, erskine and London colectivly beat the likes of folley, roy harris, radmacher, ezzard charles, bob baker, chuvalo, miteff, bethea, willie pastrano, hubert hilton and roger rischer who were all rated contenders when beaten by the british crop.
The 1930s british champs were an under rated lot also.
Until about 1980 the UK suffered from the working classes not producing enough heavyweight sized men as their american cousins. BY then it suffered from a lack of competition.