Re: Fat Dan: Wlad "one of the greatest heavyweight champions in history"
Let's be honest. The era is a weak one, and it's handy to have your brother take out the higher risk fights on a stylistic standpoint. Hell, it's nice to have an other half cleaning out half the other fighters, though Wlad clearly fights the better ranked fighters (Though the ones definitely more suited toward him).
Let's be even more honest. We can argue all day about the era but Wlad has dominated and done pretty much what he can. While he has dominated extensively, his losses sting quite a bit. This puts him in automatic top 15 qualification, and maybe even top 10. But to even suggest he's one of the greatest is blasphemy. Yes, even great HWs lose. Louis in his prime at least lost to a HOF and terrific fighter in Schemling. Ali had Frazier and Norton. Holmes had Spinks at 36. Hell, even Tokyo Buster Douglas is superior to Purrity, Brewster, and Sanders. I'm just being honest I find Douglas' performance to be incredibly underrated. He was a fighter that was incredibly fluid and skilled for a big HW with great gifts.
And yes, it hurts Lewis that he lost to Rahman and McCall so devastatingly in practically one game-changing shot too. However, Lewis fought in a better era with better competition. And Lewis beat every man he faced. Can't say the same for Wlad.