Originally Posted by janitor
It depends what you mean by a legitimate challenger.
Was Munro the best challenger available?
Was he regarded as a serious challenger by the contemporary media?
Was he as good as his supporters in the media thought?
In hindsight, no.
I would still not say that the fight was a travesty by todays standards.
That Jeffries himself regarded Munro lightly can be in little doubt. He offered to wager a substantial amount of money that either he or Bob Fitzsimmons could knock Munro out inside two rounds.
Fitz was pushing Jeffries out of the way to get at Munroe but Jeffries did not want the golden goose cooked before he had got the gold. When Johnson schooled Munroe a year later, observers remarked how little Munroe actually knew of the most basic boxing arts.
As I said previously in 1904 ,Jeffries could have fought,Johnson ,McVey, Martin,or Childs, that's just the black challengers that had better credentials than Munroe.
Simple question, did Munroe deserve a title shot?