Re: Who would you rate higher : Tim Witherspoon or Jim Jeffries ?
[quote=janitor;14285171]In hindsight, I seriously doubt it.
The coloured heavyweight champion when Jeffries won the title was George Byers, who lost to Tommy West. He was simply not in the class of Fitzsimmons, Sharkey, Corbett or McCoy.
Jeffries didn't fight the top coloured contenders at this stage, because none of them were in the championship class.[/quote]
Jeffries didnt fight them because no one insisted he did, as a challenger, he was happy to fight lesser blacks such as Armstrong whom he beat by 10rds dec in 1898 .That same year Childs stopped Armstrong twice. In fact Childs had better results over the same opponents, Henry Baker went 9rds with Jeffries, Childs stopped him in 3. Are you seriously telling me Corbett had better current form that Childs in 1900 ?
Which black challengers did Corbett,McCoy, Fitz,and Sharkey beat to demonstrate this superiority?
Lets be honest here, once he won the title, nothing on God's earth would get Jeffries in the ring with a black challenger .