Originally Posted by OLD FOGEY
Men Simon defeated besides Walcott:
1. Roscoe Toles (rated five times between 1937 & 1942, peaking at #4 contender in 1942)
2. Gunnar Barlund (#3 contender in 1936, #8 contender in 1939)
3. Al Hart (#9 contender in 1944)
also drew with Turkey Thompson, rated six times in forties, peaking at #3 in 1949.
I wouldn't say Chuvalo wasn't proven against better opponents on the whole, but Simon was 50 lbs heavier and 3 inches taller. He would have been a pretty big bite to chew for a man who never defeated a rated fighter over 208 or even a trial horse over 213 (Charley Powell). This proved true for Walcott, also.
Thats hardly the stuff of legends is it, look at who he lost too in his prime. 14-11 Jim Thompson, 14-9 195lb Willie Reddish, amongst others
Simply picking Simon because hes BIG against an all time on the basis that Walcott got complacent and got clocked doesn't sound like good logic.
Do you think Ross Purrity would beat Patterson too? Hes even bigger and beat Wlad - in a very good fight if you get to see it.