Re: Who would you rate higher : Tim Witherspoon or Jim Jeffries ?
Witherspoon wasn't mediocre.
He was arguably the #1 heavyweight in the world for a time. He was almost certainly in the top 3 - 5 for 3 or 4 years, and regularly facing other men in that range.
None of those guys were fighters who hadn't won a fight in 6 years (with 2 KO losses in the mean time).
If Jeffries had blasted away guys like Corbett and Sharkey, I would more readily buy into this "dominance" thing. But when he's struggling with old inactive guys, or a man 40 pounds lighter and considered less skillful than himself, I feels it's fair to doubt that dominance.
Few here agree though.