Originally Posted by Seamus
After the Hart affair, it was fairly unanimous among writers that neither Johnson nor Hart had anything to offer Jeffries. At least from what I have read in next day accounts. I am sure Pollack's book will shed more light on this.
There is a narrow window in which Jeffries could have defended against Johnson and Martin but it was not a prolonged time lapse.
Jeffries challengers were for the most part undersized ,and over the hill , but that was not his fault.
Fitz, Corbett, & Sharkey were viewed as the best around by a huge consensus. He fought each man twice, swifter returns with Fitz ,and Corbett might have been more meritorius, but they had retired.
Jeffries leads Witherspoon comfortably in historical perspective.
The first heavyweight champ to retire undefeated.
Head to head the gap narrows appreciably, imo.