Re: top 5 Heavy/Achievement
It's truly remarkable to me than when so many other champions are derided for defending their titles against over the hill contenders, Holmes is actually excoriated for the youthfulness of his opposition. Larry defeated five future champions during his reign (Ocasio, Weaver, Berbick, Witherspoon and Smith). He shut out Berbick (who knocked Larry's former WBA counterpart Tate cold) over 15 rounds, before Trevor went on to handily drop Greg Page from the unbeaten ranks, and would eventually dethrone Needles Thomas for his paper WBC Title.
Holmes defeated three challengers who would eventually beat Page, handing two of them their first career loss. Pinko may not have been defeated during Holmes's reign, but he didn't exactly set the world on fire with his ten round draw against Coetzee either.
One reason I think Larry ditched the WBC was because the shortened 12 round distance nearly enabled the inferior Withspoon to upset Holmes. Luckily for Timmy, that wasn't a 15 rounder. Carl Williams probably would have upset Holmes over the pansy ****d 12 round distance. Larry's ninth round bodyshots made sure that didn't happen. When Holmes did lose the title, Mike Spinks had to go 15 rounds to take it. If Larry had lost it by 12 round decision, my interest in boxing would have been instantly terminated permanently. (As it essentially was by SRL/Hagler. But hell, current boxing is much better off for my indifference to it.)