Originally Posted by edward morbius
"He was arguably the #1 heavyweight in the world for a time"
What time? He lost in 1983 to Holmes. He lost in 1984 to Thomas. He was stopped in 1 in 1986 by Bonecrusher Smith. How exactly does he get rated above Holmes, Spinks, or Tyson?--or Thomas or Smith, for that matter?
Arguably he was the best from 1983 to 1984, or at least for a few months in 1984. He lost a disputed decision to Holmes, then beat Tillis and Page (who Holmes didn't want to fight), while Larry was feasting on Scott Frank and Marvis Frazier.
AND during 1986, while Spinks and Berbick were his rival title-holders.