Originally Posted by TBooze
Park was a pioneer of the division and was the World Champion at the weight for four years making 10 successful defences. Benn was only a titlist, although yes he had the better wins on paper.
A pioneer? The division was boxing's laughing stock until the 1990s (or specifically after Leonard and Tommy won trinkets). Journeymen (and that's being kind) like Roy Gumbs received shots at the crown usually by getting sparked and iced- often a pre-requisite for super-middles in the 1980s. Park also fought exclusively in Korea...there's bad decisions, then there's 'Korean decisions' and struggled with every half-decent fighter he ever fought.