Originally Posted by janitor
Jackson, Slavin and Goddard were on a different level to Bugner.
Even allowing for the difference in era it is hard to imagine him beating them.
How do you know that guys like Goddard and Slavin could have hung in there with the big heavyweight contenders of today? After all, there is little or no film footage of Goddard and Slavin. Most of their bouts were scheduled for only a few rounds. They were small guys, too: Goddard was only 6' tall and 180 lbs. in his prime.
My guess is that guys from the Sullivan era shouldn't even be compared to modern heavyweights because boxing was conducted so much differently in the 19th century than it is now.
Due to the lack of adequate film footage of the early guys, I think the all-time ratings of heavyweights should begin with the 1910s or 1920s and move forward from there.