Originally Posted by mr. magoo
Rarely do I ever pick a fighter pre-1970 to beat Holmes, but in this case I might be willing to make a rare exception.
For whatever reason, Ezzard Charles has managed to impress me on film lately, and frankly I think that his boxing ability, quickness, durability and other attributes may well lead to him taking a close decision in this match. No, I do not consider Charles to be a better fighter than Holmes, and honestly I think Larry fairs better against other all time greats, but head to head Charles has a very good chance here.
Agreed. Charles at his best matches up well with Holmes. Holmes has the better Jab but Charles has better overall boxing ability and the quickness to go along with it. Durability, power and ring generalship are about even. It wouldn't surprise me to see Ezz take a MD in a fight that would be a strategic battle.