Originally Posted by Asterion
I rate Johnson higher.
Both are overrated, in my opinion.
I think Dempsey was a bit better. At his peak, he was a genuine destroyer with fast hand, and power in both mitts. Johnson's title matches were mostly jokes, he skirted top level competition as champion, and when he fought guys with some skill who were not old, too light, or too green, he lost ( Klondike, Choynski, Hart, Griffin )
I do think both guys had uneven careers, and from an objective sense that ignores nostalgia, are over rated. Dempsey is still in my top ten. Johnson, is not.