Re: How would a prime Charles have fared against Marciano?
Choklab surely isn't denying charles as a great prime lightheavyweight is he?
From about 46-49 he was the best lhw on his planet. I'd say between the moore victory in 46 and the bivins victory at lhw in 49 he was easily the top lhw and I don't think a case against it can reasonably be made.
He beat the following in this period Moore, Marshall, Smith, Smith, Moore, Marshall, Fitzpatrick, Moore, Baroudi, Bivins. All can be considered lhw fights and none can reasonably be considered hw fights.