Originally Posted by DaveK
Ezzard Charles was a middleweight, then LHW, then a “HW”, which was a cruiser by today’s standards. Was he a natural middleweight? No. He matured into a 180ish-lb man… He was a natural 180lber, right? “
I have ALWAYS maintained this - fighters ARE what they level out at, in their prime years...
their lighter weights fights they were merely passing through, likewise the heaviest they fought at the end of their careers equally doesn't make them a bonified fighter at that weight either.
I believe too fighters should only be ranked at 1 weight, for overall career assessment i.e, Armstrongs a WW, SRR is a MW, Fitz is a L-HW, any successess ABOVE their natuaral weight only adds to their capability & greatness, but they are Among the Best at their real weight on the Ratings tables... this also opens up placement for other equally deserving fighters who might miss a slot because someone like Fitz gets counted in 2 or 3 divisions.
Not accurate really!