Well, during his first championship years, i.e. 37-42, there were not THAT many black contenders that stood out if i remember correct
Yes ur right Chris, Except for Lem Franklins 19-0 with 17 kayo run to # 2 spot in 1941 including knockout wins over SIX ring magazine contenders that period...YET abe simon got the rematch instead(franklin had just knocked him out in 5)
Harry Bobo was rated highly by Ring Magazine 1940-42, 6'4 powerful strong I believe he knocked out durable Lee Savold who would be knocked out just once in the next 10 years.
A guy I would have loved to see Louis fight was Jack Trammell who was rated # 4 in 1937. look him up. He was 6'6 talented boxer with phenominal left jab and defenive style...louis may have had trouble with him
Also Tiger Jack Fox in 1930s is a great match, beat walcott 2x. though walcott was pre prime, walcott said long after retirement fox was the best fighter he ever fought. Said there wasnt one thing fox couldnt do, that he leanred more in his 2 fights with fox, than in all his other fights combined.