Re: Who Do You Rate Higher: Jack Dempsey or Jack Johnson ??
Dempsey was willing to fight Harry Wills but the racial politics of boxing at the time intervened. And he fought several blacks on his way up.
Intererestingly, Jeffries fought blacks on his way up, knocking out one who had two wins and a draw against a young Johnson, but refused to give Johnson a title shot because he feared being hated for giving a negro a title shot.