Originally Posted by the_bigunit
I've always been very curious about this fight -- please just bare with me.
But I don't think Johnson gets enough credit for this win. I know there was about a 30 pound discrepancy but he also clearly beats arguably the greatest boxer ever. Langford had over 50 fights to his name (more than Johnson) and the likes of McVea and Jeannette were having big fights early in the career just the same so Langford wasn't the only one.
Langford has a long string of great names on his resume -- but he still wasn't able to beat the best heavyweight of that era.
You seem to discount the weight difference, but it stands above everything else.
Langford was smaller than Johnson/McVey/Wills/Jeanette.