Re: Heavyweights who were never the lineal champion but were the best on the planet
Here's 1 few people agree with;
1979 WBA Tate over WBC Holmes.
79 saw Tate take his act on the road and lick Coetzee and Knoetze in their backyard. In front of what 140,000 people?
79 saw Larry struggling against Weaver. That was a bout they could not sell to network tv and Hercules was a massive underdog going in. It turned out to be a tough fight but that was certainly not the perception going into it. It was perceived as an easier fight than Evangelista. Can you imagine the backlash if Arum had tried digging up Mike as an opponent for Tate back then?
Next, it was the Shavers rematch for Larry. He'd already completely dominated the guy and additional age isn't helping Earnie's chances. Early on in the fight, it's wash rinse repeat of the first fight. Even worse, Earnie is out of gas by about the 4th round. But Holmes doesn't do anything with the silver platter in front of him and almost loses the title getting clipped a few rounds later. The thing is, Earnie should never have been around that long.
It wasn't until 1980 that Holmes was the best after the Tate loss to Weaver & Larry was on top for a few years.