Originally Posted by TBooze
An ancient tuberculosis riddled Jackson...
The only black fighter Jeffries met at or near his best was Johnson
Do not get me wrong, Jeffries was a legitmate World Champion, ironically in my book by beating Jackson, who had a claim that went back further than the more familar Corbett-Fitzsimmons-Jeffries route.
He beat two other good black fighters too, whose names elude me (its in one of my books somewhere).
But I'm not not really arguing with you. Jefferies should have dfended against black fighters too. He gets no pass. All I am saying is that it is conceivable that he really was the best unitl Johnson developed.