Re: Sam Langford vs Rocky Marciano
Every so often I need to humbley take a step back and go over my notes. For some reason I'd recently come to the belief that Langford didnt do that much until 1912 and wasn't anything special until a fully fledged hw.
However looking at his record again, between 1907-1914 he fought a who's who bar Johnson (who he probably would have lost to) whilst weighing 175-200 depending on the opponent and distance. In this time he only truly lost to mcvey and Clark who he knocked out during the same time. He had disputed losses to Flynn and smith but due to conflicting reports i probably call them a draw for analysis purposes.
If I'm to say his prime probably ended with the Clark rematch (he had previously destroyed Clark and went on to be very inconsistent from then on). It could be argued the only man to beat a peak version of him was McVey a man who he did prove superiority over.
I can't believe I'm gonna say this but i think I'd actually started to underrate Langford.
I need to rethink my standing of this man!