Originally Posted by mcvey
Childs, Klondike, or Martin would seem to have been as least as qualified as Corbett in 1900, but of course they lacked one crucial qualification.
at the time of the Corbett-Jeffries fight, Martin was 18 and his only major fight had been a ko loss to Armstrong.
Klondike? Hardly a top man.
Childs--ko losses to Choynski and the middleweight Dan Creedan, and a loss to Byers. And he was basically a super-middleweight. If Jeff had fought him, Jeff would probably be criticized for ducking a former champion who was a real heavy to fight a "little man"