Originally Posted by Mendoza
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.
I am sure you mean well below his normal weight of around 180-183 lbs.
Burns had recently recovered from influenza ,according to three papers I read, NOT YELLOW FEVER OR JAUNDICE AS YOU STATED IN EARLIER POSTS.
Burns and the promoter of the fight Hugh D Mcintosh were the best of friends so if Burns was not fit to fight I beleive Mcintosh would have postponed the fight.