Originally Posted by Muchmoore
Johnson winning the HW title in that era takes more than a little bit of toughness, in my view at least
Not in the Ring. Johnson beat an ill Burns, who was ill and well below his normal weight of 168 pounds to win the crown. Burns wanted to postpone the fight.
As Champion there was no mandatory those days. Johnson competition as champion was perhaps the worst of any long tenured champion.
So in my eyes, Johnson had an easy both to win the title, and because he picked the opponents, had an easier time keeping the title.
Rocky as Champion did what a champion is supposed to do. That is fight ranked contenders year after year.