Originally Posted by Unforgiven
The fact that ****ell emerged as the #2 contender probably shows how decimated the HW division was at the time.
Full credit to Marciano, he was the guy who 'cleaned out' the good old guard, and he ruined a few promising up-and-comers.
He was part of the reason the upper ranks of the division was looking empty by 1955.
He did ruin guys who would have normally come back to contend. Harry Matthews, Rex Layne, LaStarza, Carmine Vingo (who almost died and had to retire) and even Ezzard Charles, none were same after Marciano kos.