Originally Posted by burt bienstock
S, worthy adversary, you cite the records of some of Dempsey's opponents.
As I cited before Dempsey beat whoever he fought from 1917 til 1923. Were they the best bunch of HWs that an Ali fought ? No sir. But as I insist, Dempsey when he was at his peak would have risen to any occasion
the situation demanded. He was that "unique" a heavyweight fighter for all the eras...Lithe, strong, savage on the attack with a" kill me or I'll kill you"
attiutude that captured the attention of millions of boxing adherents..,.
I, also, think that Dempsey's ceiling was never discovered due to his rather lackadaisical attitude toward the championship and his conservative braintrust. I think he beats Wills. I think he has a good, not great chance, to beat Greb if it goes 15. But what I think he "could have done" in no way qualifies to boost his legacy.
Oh well, if nothing else, that vaunted string of wins from 1917-19 does well to illustrate the difference between that and later eras.