Re: Is it feasible to rank Wills over Dempsey in an ATG list?
Absolute ****. It is an historical truth that Dempsey wanted to fight Wills. What Dempsey says in his own words in 1963 is exactly what occurred. Fighters don't in general choose who they fight...this is in the hands of promoters and managers. The fact that Dempsey in any way shook off the desires of his manager and promoter to Pursue a fight with Wills in an era where this just was not done is testament to his desire to fight Him. If you don't believe Dempsey read what Fleischer wrote concerning this subject. He was there during that time and knew Dempsey and Wills personally. Fleischer backs up 100 percent what Dempsey stated above. And don't pull any racist bs.....Fleischer was best friend's with Jack Johnson and wrote several books in praise of the forgotten great black hwts of the early 20th century. he rated Johnson, a black man, as the greatest hwt of all time. Langford was on that same let....Wills was not.