Originally Posted by Unforgiven
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.
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.
It was the only way to promote them since the white champs weren't giving them title shots.
Well it stopped being totally meaningful when Johnson took it into deep freeze and avoided the top 5 contenders. I guess Willard and jack were carrying on tradition.
Well we aren't ranking them in fukin business legacy are we? We're discussing pugilistic greatness.
Despite what nostalgists try to say, wills has more than an argument.
I personally have Dempsey 1 spot higher because I've seen footage of him on his prime and not wills.