Originally Posted by SuzieQ49
Seamus, stop saying that. Marciano's era was filled with hall of fame champions(Walcott, Charles, Moore, H Johnson) and young, dangerous punchers (Henry, Baker, Valdes, Layne) and a dangerous old vet (Louis)
Certainly it was far better than Dempsey's era
Better than Dempsey's WHITE era, which is the only part of his era he chose to fight.
To claim that Walcott and Charles were in the primes of their physical abilities is intellectually dishonest.
To claim that Charles or Moore were anything more than blown up light heavyweights who were able to exploit a weak era for heavies is likewise.
Louis was dangerous but by the time Rocky got to him was a balding, bumbling old, one handed fighter. Marciano pretty much had to fight him but I pretty much don't have to give him credit for beating the GREAT Joe Louis.
Sure, I'm playing devil's advocate, but if a gaggle of late 30's light heavies suddenly took over Lennox Lewis' or Klit's era we would never hear the end of it.