Originally Posted by Stonehands89
The WBC stripped rightful champ Leon Spinks after he had the gall to grant Ali a rematch. They gave it to Holmes after he defeated Norton in June '78. The Ring crowned him in April '80 based on the same magical thinking that they used to crown Vitali and Wlad.
Holmes has the same problem as the Klitschkos -he never once faced the top contender.
Holmes, great though he was, was appointed as champion. He never fought the next best. And by the time he faced Ali, Ali had retired and therefore can no longer be considered the king. It was a symbolic.
Yeah, you make valid points. So, would you consider Larry Holmes a make-pretend champion ?
His 'reign' never actually began ?
(I do think his win over Shavers in 1979 was arguably the win over the "next best" that we might be looking for.)
Holmes could easily have faced the Ring-ranked top contender but he never did. He has Donkey King to thank.
Do the Ring
rankings actually matter much though ? I mean, if the magazine's edicts on who is champion
can be dismissed, surely who is the number 1, 2, 3, 4 contender
can be equally doubted.