Is Ezzard Charles underrated?
I tend to think he is and he breaks into my top ten heavyweight list more often than not. He was a very small heavyweight and started of as a welterweight in the amatuers. He has wins over Burley, Maxim, Moore, Bivins, Walcott, Louis (an old Louis), Oma and went 15 rounds with Marciano.
Charles was an immensely skilled fighter with sublime defensive abilities. I think he was underrated because he wasn't really an exciting fighter, his skills were so subtle and could only be appreciated by true boxing purists. He perfected the arts of slipping, countering and feinting, these skills weren't flashy but were understated. Many boxing critics of his time swear he was the very best light heavyweight ever.
Is Charles underrated?