Originally Posted by apollack
I don't think Charles looked like anything fantastic against Louis. He was a very good boxer. He was a very good boxer when he fought Marciano as well, and he didn't do anything more or better against Louis than he did against Marciano. Difference was that Marciano was coming after him nonstop, forcing him to fight hard, whereas Louis jousted with him. Joe was 187 years old at that point,
, so old Joe performed pretty well. Prime Louis does away with Charles.
Adam, either way your not building any sort of case for Marciano or Charles here ... Charles may have been in terrific shape for a 33 year old blow up light heavyweight with over 100 fights under his belt but he was not in his physical prime for the Marciano bouts ... in addition, Louis was a completely different match up from a style stand point than Rocky .. Joe was much bigger and still had a decent enough jab to bust up Charles quite a bit ... even though Ezzard won a lop sided decision many of the rounds , especially prior to the championship rounds were very competitive .. the point is that Charles was a great light heavy and a very good but not great heavyweight ...