Originally Posted by Seamus
I guess he didn't want to end his fights against Hart, O'Brien, Battling Jim Johnson or Willard.
Even his contemporaries rate his power as decent at best.
He didn't put Hart away ,and I think he tried early on .
Hart was durable ,and Johnson may have decided to settle for a points decision, when the Kentuckian would not play ball.
Johnson did not try to stop O Brien , there was no incentive to do so, his title was safe as it was a no dec and only a 6 rounder.
Johnson was fighting Battling Jim with a broken arm, so I think we might excuse him for not getting a stoppage.
Johnson tried to stop Willard but ,at 37 and not in shape, he couldn't do it.
Willard had a great chin ,according to Gunboat Smith ,who landed his Sunday punch on him twice with no discernable effect.
Johnson seldom went for the ko anyway, he was content to make his opponents miss, look foolish, but no, his power was not in Liston's league.
I haven't made a pick yet , just sorting the wheat from the chaff.