It's hard to gage how far past his best Charles was, I think he may have been as he was very much an athletic boxer. Still Marciano may have still done the same, or may have lost the first narrowly and won the rematch
It's also probable Marciano was past his own peak by this stage
Originally Posted by lufcrazy
I do think he'd slipped by the time he fought rocky.
He got stopped by a perfect punch against jersey, but other than that, he hadn't really lost since returning to boxing in 46.
After losing to jersey, he lost to him again, lost to layne, lost to valdes and lost to johnson.
He picked up many victories as well during this time.
I'd like to read up on the valdes fight more. I plan on watching the harold johnson fight later.
Unless i'm missing something with these losses, i'd say jersey was the last man to beat a prime charles.
Second Jersey Joe loss is controversial, the Johnson loss is controversial. Not sure about the Layne/Valdes decisions mind you