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Old 11-24-2012, 06:59 AM   #164
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Default Re: Is it feasible to rank Wills over Dempsey in an ATG list?

Originally Posted by lufcrazy View Post
It was only meaningful due to racism. Had black heavyweights not been so feared there's no need for the black championship.
I don't know about that. I think the "black championship" was just a way to market black-v-black fights.

Dempsey's title was meaningful because people rated Willard, Johnson, Jeffries, Fitz, Corbett and John L. Sullivan as real champions.

The issue is that for 7 years the 1&2 reigned unbeaten with one chasing the fight and the other hiding behind management.
They were both chasing money. The man with the championship could make money without even risking the title. Managers were there to make the business decisions.
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