Originally Posted by babaluma
...in his first title challenge how would his reign have turned out? Would he have won or lost a rematch with Harada or would Harada have gone up to Featherweight? Would he have fought Walter McGowan for the title? Would he have kept the title against tough challengers like Caraballo or Medel? Would he have defeated Rose as champion with home advantage?
And where would his place in UK boxing history be if he had won and held the title for a few defences against this level of opposition?
I always felt Rudkin is a perfect example of a fighter who these days would be a champion but due to the strength of the era in which he fought with only one world title (as it should be!) was unfortunately relegated to just being a very very good contender.
Excellent fighter who was around in a great era .Good enough to be a world champion, but in the wrong place at the wrong time.