Originally Posted by Asterion
Ranking above Holmes is harder for Wlad, imo.
Holmes was undefeated since the start of his career until he was past his prime in 1985. He never lost in his prime. Wlad did at least two times.
That's the main difference. Both dominated mediocre divisions during 7 years, though, and Wlad's comp might be a bit better (just because Holmes never unified and fought a lot of boxers with less than 20 pro fights).
I'm not sure Larry had the sqne dominance to be honest... He struggled in some fights and he never once fought a fellow belt holder. Even when all he had to do was face a mandatory to unify he failed again.
Larry is a better heavyweight than wlad. I'm just not sure he was a better champion.