Originally Posted by HOUDINI
Untrue. Dempsey signed to fight Wills at least once, possibly twice. No evidence whatsoever that Dempsey did not want to fight Wills in fact he opening said he wanted to fight him.
Dempseys style and skill were ground breaking in boxing history. He was the hwt champion of the world for 7 years and was renowned as one of the greatest hwt champions of all time. You cannot say any of this concerning Wills. Anyone rating Wills and not Dempsey does not know what they are talking about.
The only reason Dempsey signed that fake contract is because Wills had sued the NY commision who were stripping Dempsey unless he signed for the fight. So Dempsey get's his friend Fitzsimmons to write up a bogus contract both men signed and Wills still didn't get to fight for the title because Dempsey
Dempsey had what 7-8 years to fight Wills his number 1 contender but only talked about Wills while signing for others, then said he wouldn't fight him ever, then was under threat of being stripped and still didn't fight him. He was constantly ridiculed in the press for fighting small men and oafs instead yet never tried to fight Wills
Dempsey might not have been champion for a year if he actually fought his number 1 contender. Wills overall beat better boxers than Dempsey in Langford, Fulton, McVey, Jeanette, Firpo, Kid Norfolk, which is why many who know boxing better than yourself rate Wills over Dempsey