Re: How would a prime Charles have fared against Marciano?
I tend to think Charles ALS became evident post-Marciano. Those grueling fights, and basically beatings took everything out of Charles at that stage and was never the same again (And he was already past his best).
I also don't think Charles wobbled Marciano in Round 1 (Or was it round 4?). I tend to think Dunphy was overstating it. Interesting to note, Charles after the first fight thought he won and said that Walcott was a better puncher. Marciano afterwards also said, "He didn't sting me the way Walcott had." Both seemed less impressed with each other as a puncher than media impressions had cast.