Originally Posted by Seamus
Byrd was an established force at heavyweight and weighed in at 213 pounds. Langford had beaten no one yet of note in the heavyweight ranks and weighed in at 156 pounds. Johnson was, for the day, a full fledged heavyweight at 185 pounds, just 9 pounds shy of his dominating performance against Burns.
I think it is fair to say that Langford wen't on to be an established force at heavyweight.
I am not denigrating Johnson for beating the Langford like a redheaded stepchild. Kudo's for him. However, for me, it is not the shining moment on a great resume when a legit heavyweight takes out a middleweight.
Here we differ.
I am prepared to give a heavyweight credit for beating a middleweight if
the middleweight proves themself at heavyweight.
The same logic applies to a fighter who is young or inexperienced.
I personaly give Johnson a lot more credit for beating Sam McVea, because McVea was regarded as a force in the division, while Langford was just testing the waters.