Originally Posted by Mendoza
Papers say Wills was a good clincher and body puncher. Flooring Fripo once is nice, but Firpo never had good balance. Dempsey floored Firpo 7 times in round one, and hurt him, which judging by the decision is something Wills did not do. This make me think Wills power wasn't on Dempsey's level.
Anyone who thinks that Wills had Dempsey on powers level to begin with isn't paying attention.
On this kind of remedial level, I hope you're taking into account that Firpo didn't nearly KTFO Dempsey, would have beaten him under modern rules and showed the type of defence and boxing skill that made it absolutely clear that Firpo was not on his level - something Dempsey wasn't able to do.