Originally Posted by Sweet Science
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?
P4p He might even be getting to the stage where heis a trifle overated,his reputation has undergone a resurgence of late30 years ago Boxing Illustrated had him and Walcott joint no 10 at Heavy ,Charles was a great LH,but doesnt make my top 10 at Heavy ,I think he gets his dues on this forum.