Re: Larry Holmes vs Ezzard Charles
You could also say those same impotent judges gave Larry a gift over a green and untested fighter in Williams in his bout prior to the Spinks matchup. And Spinks himself had a gift against Davis, so both guys went into that bout showing far from perfect form in their previous matchups.
Back to the main topic, I think Charles is a tough opponent and not the face first type guys Holmes looks his best against. An awful lot of those Holmes defenses were against the catchers and Holmes could fight off that pitchers mound of his. But he could be countered in there and Ezzard Charles certainly knew how to do that. Plus he had tools and conditioning. It'd be a close decision win for Holmes if he wins this and he could also lose a decision in there as well.