Re: Wladimir Klitschko vs. Rocky Marciano
"a bona fide lightheavy in Charles"
So what. This is just the old size thing through the back door. Charles was the heavyweight champion, was taller and had a longer reach than Marciano, and outweighed him in their second bout. Size is not my criteria when going back in history. Charles was as big as many champions, including Cribb, Dempsey, Tunney, etc.
"Walcott--a long, damaging career" "a shot Louis"
Interesting double standard. The 37 yr old Louis and 38 yr old Walcott (and I presume the 38 yr old Moore) supposedly prove Marciano fought in a weak era.
Currently the champions are the soon to be 37 yr old Wlad and the nearly 42 yr old Vitali, and they are not even facing severe challenges from younger men. And, the contenders themselves tend to be old more often than not. Plus when younger Vitali failed in a challenge against the 38 yr old Lewis.
"Wlad and Holy"
Holyfield was the top heavy in the late 1990's and one of the top heavies of the early 2000's. Wlad did not fight him. The excuse can't be that he was too green. He had a pro as long as Marciano when he faced Louis, and had a much better amateur background.
As I posted, for whatever reasons, Wlad did not the face the three best heavies active during his career--Holyfield, Lewis, and Vitali. The reasons for this might be valid, but it is still a fact.
Marciano did face the best of his era and ko'd them.