Re: Who was more past their prime: Dempsey in 1926 or Louis in 1946??
Probably Dempsey because he'd been very inactive every since he won the championship in 1919. He went downhill slowly but surely since then.
He went to Hollywood in 1919 or 1920. He took 2 years off 1921-'23. He was off another 3 years.
He fought some exhibitions, but not as many as Louis.
It was basically Louis's full-time job to fight exhibitions for most of his 4-year lay-off.