Re: Heavyweights who were never the lineal champion but were the best on the planet
Jackson when Sullivan went into semi retirement.
Langford when Johnson went into semi retirement.
Wills when Dempsey went into semi retirement.
Bivins during the war years.
Frazier when Ali was exiled.
Young when he was robbed against Ali.
Norton when he beat Young.
Holmes when he beat Norton.
Spoon when he was robbed against Holmes.
Thomas when he beast Spoon.
Berbick when he beat Thomas.
Tyson when he beat Berbick.
Bowe up until Golota.
Tyson after flattening Bruno.
Holy after stopping Tyson.
Vitali after beating Sanders.
Wlad after beating Byrd.