Originally Posted by janitor
These oponents would make up a prety solid resume but it is important not to build them up to more than they were as OLD FOGEY has pointed out.
While Ali's A teir is unmatched his B teir might not necisarily be the best of any heavyweight champion. If you took Joe Louis's A teir to exclude Baer Schmeling and Walcott you would still have a lot of talent.
Where dose Floyd PAtterson fit in by the way?
I originally place Norton and Patterson in the top tier with the parenthesis ( depending on who you talk to )
Some people have them both in the top tier while others may put them in tier B. I'll say one thing, if you place Patterson and Norton in the second tier, and eliminate say Folley, Williams and Mathis, you'd probably have a stronger list.